Alimuddin (cricketer)

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Alim-ud-Din in 1962
Personal information
Born(1930-12-15)15 December 1930
Ajmer, British India
(now India)
Died12 July 2012(2012-07-12) (aged 81)
Northwick Park Hospital,
Harrow, London, England
BowlingRight-arm leg-break
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap  15)10 June 1954 v  England
Last Test26 July 1962 v  England
Domestic team information
1943 Rajputana
1944–1947 Gujarat
1946 Muslims
1948 Sind
1953–1954 Bahawalpur
1954–1965 Karachi
1956–1957 Karachi Whites
1957 Karachi "A"
1961–1966 Karachi Blues
1967–1968 Public Works Department
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Runs scored10917275
Batting average 25.3732.77
Top score109142
Balls bowled841472
Wickets 140
Bowling average 75.0023.97
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling1/174/33
Catches/stumpings 8/–65/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 29 August 2012

Alim-ud-Din [1] (Urdu: علیم الدین; 15 December 1930 – 12 July 2012) was a Pakistani cricketer who played 25 Tests for Pakistan between 1954 and 1962. His name is sometimes rendered Alimuddin. A fast-scoring, right-handed opening batsman and occasional right-arm leg break bowler, he was the youngest player ever to appear in first-class cricket, aged 12 years and 73 days. In international cricket, he scored 1,091 runs at the average of 25.37, including two centuries and seven fifties. In 1954, he was a member of the Pakistani squad which toured England and recorded Pakistan's first Test match win. Former Pakistani captain Mushtaq Mohammad said about him that he was "a thorough gentleman as well as a great cricketer for Pakistan". [2]

Urdu National language and lingua franca of Pakistan; one of the official languages of India; standardized register of Hindustani

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Pakistan federal parliamentary constitutional republic in South Asia

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Cricket Team sport played with bats and balls

Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.


First-class career

During his career Alim-ud-Din played 140 first-class matches and scored 7,275 runs, with the average of 32.77, including 14 centuries and 38 fifties; he also took 40 wickets. [3] Critics considered him to be an excellent fielder. [4] He made his debut for Rajasthan aged only 12 years 73 days, becoming the youngest player to have played first-class cricket. [5] In 1942–43, he played his maiden match in the Ranji Trophy, scoring 13 and 27 runs in his two innings. [6] His highest score in first-class cricket was 142, against Worcestershire in 1954. [7] Domestically, Alim-ud-Din represented Sindh, Rajasthan, Karachi, Bahawalpur and Gujarat, [3] [8] and became the first Pakistani batsman to face a ball bowled by an international bowler on Pakistani soil, in a match between the Sindh and West Indians in 1948. [4] [9] [10] During Pakistan's 1954 tour of England, Alim-ud-Din scored more than 700 runs, including two centuries in the first two matches. [11] He was most successful during 1961–62, scoring 1,020 runs in 12 matches at an average of 51.00. [12] In the same season he captained Karachi, leading the team to victories in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and Ayub Zonal Trophy. [5] [13] [14] [15] His final season in first-class cricket was 1967–68. [12]

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In cricket, a player's batting average is the total number of runs they have scored divided by the number of times they have been out. Since the number of runs a player scores and how often they get out are primarily measures of their own playing ability, and largely independent of their teammates, batting average is a good metric for an individual player's skill as a batter. The number is also simple to interpret intuitively. If all the batter's innings were completed, this is the average number of runs they score per innings. If they did not complete all their innings, this number is an estimate of the unknown average number of runs they score per innings.

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International career

Alim-ud-Din made both of his centuries at the National Stadium, Karachi. Nat Std01.JPG
Alim-ud-Din made both of his centuries at the National Stadium, Karachi.

Alim-ud-Din played 25 Test matches for Pakistan during his career and scored 1,091 runs in international cricket at the average of 25.37. He made two centuries and seven fifties. [3] Cricket critics believed that he possessed a sound technique. [18] In Test matches, Alim-ud-Din established an effective opening partnership with Hanif Mohammad. [5]

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Alim-ud-Din started his international career against England in June 1954, at the Lord's Cricket Ground, in a match in which he scored 19 runs. [19] In the fourth Test of the same series Pakistan beat England by 24 runs, recording their first Test win over them to become the first team to defeat England during their maiden tour. [11] Alim-ud-Din managed to score 10 runs in the match. [20] In 1954–55, he played, against India, in Pakistan's first home Tests, finishing the series as the leading run scorer with 332; he made three fifties and in the fifth match scored 103 not out at the National Stadium, Karachi, his first international century. [16] [21] [22] He was the first batsman ever to make an international century on the Ground. [23]

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Alim-ud-Din also toured West Indies as a part of Pakistan cricket team in 1957–58. He was not successful in the series and his highest score remained 41 runs which he made in the fourth Test at the Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana. [24] [25] In 1962, under the captaincy of Javed Burki, Pakistan visited England where they played a five Test match series. [26] In the fifth Test at Headingley, a low scoring match for Pakistan, Alim-ud-Din's scores of 50 and 60 made him the team's highest scorer of the match. [27] In the fifth Test of the home series against England in 1962, he scored his career best 109 runs at the National Stadium. [17] He played his last match against England in Trent Bridge, Nottingham in 1962. [28]

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Former West Indian all-rounder Collie Smith was his only wicket in international cricket. [29]

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He is variously known as "Alim-ud-Din" and "Alimuddin", with Wisden using the former in earlier editions and the latter in his obituary. [11] [30]

Personal life

Alim-ud-Din was born in Ajmer, a city in British India, on 15 December 1930. [3] After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, he moved to Karachi along with his family. He lived in London and never married, instead providing for his family. Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) had given him an opportunity to work at London Heathrow Airport. [23] Two of his brothers, Salimuddin and Azimuddin, both also played first-class cricket. [31] [32] His nephew, James Uddin, the son of Salimuddin, is also a cricketer and currently plays semi-professional cricket in England. [33]

In later life, his pension was suspended after doubts over his actual birth date. The pension was restored after intervention from the Pakistani President. [30]


On 12 July 2012, Alim-ud-Din died in Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, London. [2] [23] He suffered from heart and lung diseases. He also had kidney failure and was on dialysis. [23] The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released a press statement expressing sorrow and conveying condolences to Alim-ud-Din's family. [34] [35]

Career statistics

Records against opponents

  • St Stumpings taken
  • H/A/N – Venue was at home (Pakistan), away or neutral
  • Date – Match starting day
  • Result – Result for the Pakistan team
Alim-ud-Din's performance in Test matches [3] [24]
OpponentMatches inn NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2415934*19.66001
Flag of England.svg  England 816041010925.62142
Flag of India.svg  India 6101356103*39.55130
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 343743718.50004
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 61101924117.45001

Test centuries

Alim-ud-Din's Test centuries
1103Flag of India.svg  India 23 National Stadium, Karachi Home26 February 1955Drawn [16]
2109WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 61 National Stadium, Karachi Home2 February 1962Drawn [17]

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