Pakistans Alimuddin ranji trophy debut youngest to play first class cricket on this day scored 1st century against india


Born in India, played Test cricket for Pakistan
Alimuddin made his first class debut at the age of 12 years and 73 days.

New Delhi. Debut in 12 years, anyone will be shocked to hear this. It would be surprising if someone plays his first first class cricket match at the age of going to school. But, one such record is registered in the name of an Indian player and on this day i.e. 26 February 80 years ago, this record was made in first class cricket in pre-partition India. This match was played between Baroda and Rajputana and the name of the debuting player was Alimuddin. Alimuddin, who appeared in this match from Rajputana, was only 12 years, 73 days old.

Interestingly, despite having experienced players, Alimuddin was Rajputana’s top scorer in the first innings. Rajputana’s team was all out for just 54 runs in the first innings. In this, maximum 13 runs came from the bat of Alimuddin. After this, this 12-year-old boy also got the wicket of a dashing batsman like Vijay Hazare. Alimuddin scored 27 runs in the second innings as well. Only one batsman had scored more runs than him. Alimuddin’s team may have lost the match by an innings. But, at the young age of 12, Alimuddin had proved his ability on debut. However, he could not play for India.

Alimuddin went to Pakistan from India after partition
When the country was partitioned in 1947, Alimuddin’s family also went to Pakistan. Alimuddin’s new abode in Pakistan was Lahore. In 1954, Alimuddin got a chance to debut for Pakistan. In the next year i.e. in 1955, he made a bang in Pakistan’s first home series against India. Alimuddin scored a century in the Karachi Test of this series.

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This was Alimuddin’s first century in Test. At the same time, the National Cricket Stadium of Karachi also had its first century. Alimuddin scored the highest 332 runs in 5 Tests of this series. However, after this his form continued to decline and in 1962 he played his last Test. Alimuddin played 25 Tests for Pakistan, in which he scored 1091 runs with the help of 2 centuries and also took 1 wicket. He was also the coach of Pakistan and later shifted to London and started working for Pakistan International Airlines at Heathrow Airport.

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