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Abbas Ali Baig

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Abbas Ali Baig

Born: 19 March 1939

  • He is an Indian former cricketer who played in 10 Tests between 1959 and 1967.
  • In a career spanning 21 years, he scored 12,367 runs in first-class cricket at an average of 34.16.
  • He coached the Indian cricket team in Tour to Australia in 1991–92 and 1992 Cricket World Cup.
  • In the late 1950s, he moved to England and went up to University College, Oxford.
  • In 1959, he played 15 first-class matches for the university team.
  • During this time, he scored 221 not out and 87 against Free Foresters and broke Derrick De Saram’s aggregate of 283 runs—208 and 75—to become the highest run-scorer for the team in a first-class match.
  • It was during this time India toured England.
  • In the fourth match of the series, he was “summoned” to play for India, replacing the injured Vijay Manjrekar.
  • Aged 20 years and 131 days, he became the youngest Indian cricketer to score a century on debut when he made 112 in India’s second innings.
  • It was also the first century by an Indian debutant outside India.
  • Despite another century from Polly Umrigar, India lost the match.
  • However, he retained his place in the team for the final match of the series.
  • He also set the record for becoming the first batsman to score a century in the 4th innings of a test match on test debut.

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