Mushtaq Ali

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Mushtaq Ali
Personal information
Full name Syed Mushtaq Ali
Born (1914-12-17)17 December 1914
Indore, Madhya Pradesh, india
Died 18 June 2005(2005-06-18) (aged 90)
Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role All-Rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 19) 5 January 1934 v England
Last Test 6 February[Mushtaq Ali] 1952 v England
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 11 226
Runs scored 612 13213
Batting average 32.21 35.90
100s/50s 2/3 30/63
Top score 112 233
Balls bowled 378 9702
Wickets 3 162
Bowling average 67.33 29.34
5 wickets in innings - 6
10 wickets in match - 2
Best bowling 1/45 7/108
Catches/stumpings 7/- 160/-
Source: [1]

Syed Mushtaq Ali About this sound pronunciation  (17 December 1914 – 18 June 2005) was a former Indian cricketer, and an aggressive Test batsman. Ali holds the distinction of scoring the first Test century by any Indian overseas, when he hit a ton for the team in 1936 at Manchester in England. He was a right handed batsman and a left arm bowler. [1]

He was the first and only Indian player who was selected in World 11 team in the year 1946.


Ali was the discovery of CK Nayudu where CK Nayudu observed him at Indore at the age of 13. CK Nayudu took with him and developed his cricketing skills.[2]

A Wisden Special Award winner, he scored four first class hundreds in the 1936 tour. He was an opening or middle order right-hand batsman but hardly played international cricket mainly due to World War II. IN total, he played in 11 tests. He made debut in the test against England at Kolkata, Jan 5-8, 1934 and played last test against England at Chennai, Feb 6-10, 1952 at the age of 38.

Domestic cricket

Ali played extensively for regional team and private clubs when cricket was a young sport in India. He was not only a sporting legend, but a popular superstar of his time, and an icon for the younger generation of Indian youth. Combining with another legend, the cautious yet skilled Vijay Merchant, Ali's aggression and powerful strokeplay formed a dynamic and legendary opening partnership for the team for years.

He played for Holkar in the National Championship for the Ranji Trophy along with other stalwarts like C K Nayudu. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1964 and made a life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club for his contribution to the game. He died in his sleep, at the age of 90. He is survived by two sons and two daughters. The Indian domestic T20 series is named after him. Mushtaq's son, Gulrez Ali, and his grandson, Abbas Ali, both played first-class cricket.

He is a popular figure in Indian cricket.[3]

Teams played

  1. India,
  2. Central India,
  3. Gujarat,
  4. Holkar,
  5. Madhya Bharat,
  6. Madhya Pradesh,
  7. Maharashtra,
  8. Muslims,
  9. Uttar Pradesh


  1. Padmashri
  2. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy - This is a Twenty20 cricket domestic championship in India, organized by Board of Control for Cricket in India, among the teams from Ranji Trophy. The 2008-09 season was the inaugural season for this trophy.[4] [5]


  1. Mushtaq Ali
  2. C.K Nayudu
  3. Haresh Pandya, "Mushtaq Ali, India's first overseas Test ton scorer," India Abroad, New York, NY USA. December 26, 2014, p. A36.
  4. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
  5. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

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