Cricket’s fascination with leg-spin has a lot to thank Abdul Qadir for, a glowing exponent of the craft and the man most responsible for keeping it alive throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Born in Lahore in 1955, Qadir debuted in Test cricket as a 22-year-old, finishing with 236 Test wickets at 32.80, and 132 ODI wickets at an average of 26. Full of energy in the field and through his bouncing bowling action, Qadir had a number of the variations many in future generations emulated.
Qadir’s 9/56 against England in Lahore in 1987 remains the best innings figures for a Pakistan bowler, and the eighth of all time.
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