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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March 19, 2020