Full Name Zaheer Abbas
Born July 24, 1947
Sialkot, Punjab
Age 71 Years, 4 Months, 22 Days
National Side Pakistan
Batting Style Right Handed
Bowling Off break
Batting Rank Test - NA, ODI - NA, World Cup - NA
Bowling Rank Test - NA, ODI - NA, World Cup - NA
Teams Played Pakistan
Man of the Match Test - 1, ODI - 8, World Cup - 2,
Career Span [Test, 1969 - 1985], [ODI, 1974 - 1985], [World Cup, 1975 - 1983],

If George Headley was the Black Bradman, Zaheer Abbas was christened as the Asian Bradman by fans, for his voracious appetite for runs. In only his second Test, Abbas scored his highest Test score of 274, and followed it up with consistent scores after that. He was to score three more double centuries after that, underlying his appetite for making runs, once he got going and set in the crease.

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Syed Zaheer Abbas Overall Stats

Batting & Fielding Performance

  M I N/O R HS 100s 50s 4s 6s Avg S/R Ct St
Test 78 124 11 5062 274 v ENG 12 20 511 22 44.79 - 34 0
ODI 62 60 6 2572 123 v SL 7 13 213 22 47.62 84.80 16 0
World Cup 14 14 2 597 103* v NZ 1 4 55 4 49.75 78.34 7 0

Bowling Performance

  I O M R W Best 3w 5w Avg E/R S/R
Test 14 46.2 9 132 3 2/21 v NZ 0 0 44.00 2.14 123.33
ODI 12 46.4 2 223 7 2/26 v SL 0 0 31.85 4.77 40.00
World Cup 5 19.4 2 74 2 1/8 v NZ 0 0 37.00 3.76 59.00

Syed Zaheer Abbas Profile

If George Headley was the Black Bradman, Zaheer Abbas was christened as the Asian Bradman by fans, for his voracious appetite for runs. In only his second Test, Abbas scored his highest Test score of 274, and followed it up with consistent scores after that. He was to score three more double centuries after that, underlying his appetite for making runs, once he got going and set in the crease.

Abbas also played in 62 ODIs, scoring at an average of almost 48, and a strike rate of 85, in days when there were no fielding restrictions, and fielding captains could place all their fielders on the boundary! Zaheer Abbas batted liked an artist when he got going, his high back lift combined with his ability to play off the front or the back foot with equal ease, made him look as graceful as anyone else. But if one thought this was all, he also holds the record for being the first Asian to score more than 100 first class centuries, a record which has not been broken for years. This, he achieved by playing for Gloucestershire for more than a decade, scoring almost 35k runs.

This also helped him get another nickname, that of ‘Run Machine’. His only weakness was against the genuinely quick bowling, as his average of 18.50 against the Windies shows. Zaheer Abbas retired from the game in 1985, after not being allowed to continue in only the ODIs by the selectors.

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