He bowled the first ball in international cricket for India and took 5 wickets.
Mohammad Nisar also became the first cricketer of Pakistan after partition.
Mohammad Nisar played cricket for both India and Pakistan.
New Delhi. Mohammad Nisar was India’s first fast bowler, possibly also one of the best. Mohammad Nisar bowled India’s first ball in Test cricket, took its first wicket, and also took the first 5 wickets. However, his achievements were forgotten amidst the events triggered by the Second World War and Partition. Nisar could swing and cut the ball, but it was his quick pace that set him apart. Out of his 25 Test victims, 13 were bowled or leg-before, which was enough to know his pace.
First ball bowled for India in international cricket
Nisar’s partnership with Amar Singh was as successful as it was. In India’s first Test at Lord’s in 1932, he disrupted England’s innings by taking the wickets of Holmes and Sutcliffe, who had added 555 for the first wicket for Yorkshire only 10 days earlier. In this match, Nisar took 5 wickets for 93 runs. On this tour he took 71 wickets at 18.09 to stay above average. Nisar not only bowled the first ball for India in international cricket, but also became the first bowler to take 5 wickets in an innings. Today i.e. August 1 is his birthday. Mohammad Nisar was born on August 1, 1910 in Hoshiarpur, Punjab. He made his Test debut at the age of 22.
Grainy video of a stump flying off the screen as Mohammad Nissar bowls Percy Holmes on this day in 1932 in India’s first Test match. pic.twitter.com/S9lj829RhF
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Five wickets in the first test played in India
The MCC tour in 1933-34 saw an amazing sight of his speed. He took five wickets in the inaugural Test in India at the Brabourne Stadium. The only defeat the opposition team got on that tour was also courtesy of Nisar. In which he took 9 wickets for 117 runs. Thanks to this figure, he helped Vizzy XI to a 14-run victory in Banaras.
Australia also had a mat
Another compelling display of his brilliant bowling and pace came against Zack Ryder’s Aussies. India did this tour in 1935. He took 32 wickets for just 13 runs in four ‘Tests’. Nisar left Test cricket with a disastrous spell on his final tour of England. In this Test, he got four wickets in five overs, which reduced England to 7 for 463 after 3 wickets for 422 runs.
Played Test cricket for India only for 4 years
At the age of 26, he played the last international match. A special record is recorded in the name of Nisar. He took five wickets in both the debut and last Tests. He took 25 wickets in 6 Tests at an average of more than 28. At the same time, he took 396 wickets in 93 first class matches.
He continued to entertain the home crowd for some time and helped Southern Punjab in the final of the Ranji Trophy in 1938–39, taking 17 wickets at an average of 11.94, including an impressive record of 6 for 17 in the semi-final against Sindh. Is. On the basis of this performance, the opposing team was reduced to just 23 runs.
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Nisar had gone to Pakistan after partition
Mohammad Nisar went to Pakistan after the partition of the country in 1947. He was one of the founders of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Even today people consider him as the first cricketer of Pakistan. Nisar kept in touch with his Indian comrades through letters from Lahore, but he was never able to visit his birthplace Hoshiarpur in Punjab again. He continued to work as a traveling officer in the Pakistan Railways. He used to take his kit bag with him and play cricket matches with local teams, where the train would stop for the night.
Cricket kit was with him even when he died
In one such journey in 1963, Nisar died of cardiac arrest in a train compartment, with his cricket kit nearby. In 2006, the Cricket Board of India and Pakistan came together to establish the Mohammad Nisar Trophy, a match played between the domestic champions of India and Pakistan. Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai won the first two years. Sialkot won the third and last match in 2008. A young player from Delhi, Virat Kohli was adjudged ‘Man of the Match’. As political relations deteriorated, the tournament was put on hold.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : August 01, 2022, 15:06 IST