(Last Updated on : 21/08/2014)
Ghulam Ahmed was an Indian cricketer, who represented India during the colonial rule of England. Ghulam Ahmed was born on 4 July 1922.
Ghulam Ahmed was an off spin bowler who captained India in Test cricket in colonial India. Ghulam Ahmed played the first-class cricket for Hyderabad
(now in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
) from 1939 to 1940 to 1958 to 1959. Ghulam Ahmed also played 22 Tests for India from 1948-1949 to 1958-1959.
Ghulam Ahmed toured England in 1952 and Pakistan in 1954-1955. He captained India in one Test against New Zealand in 1955-1956, which was drawn, and two Tests against West Indies in 1958-1959, both of which India lost.
Ghulam Ahmed was the leading bowler on the 1952 tour to England. There Ghulam Ahmed took 80 wickets in first-class matches at 21.92 average, and 15 in the four Tests at 24.73. In the first innings of the first test, Ghulam Ahmed bowled 63 overs and took 5 for 100. In the match against Oxford University he took 8 for 84 and 5 for 66.
In the First Test against Pakistan in 1952-1953, the inaugural Test between the two neighbours countries, after independence, he took five wickets, and made 50 at number 11, putting on 109 for the tenth wicket with Hemu Adhikari
, another famous Indian cricket player. In the Third Test against Australia in Calcutta (Kolkata
) in 1956-1957, he took 7 for 49 and 3 for 81, his best Test innings and match figures.
The best match and innings in first-class figures of Ghulam Ahmed came in the match against Madras Cricket Team in the Ranji Trophy
in 1947-48. There Ghulam Ahmed took 5 for 28 and 9 for 53. When Holkar Cricket Team made 757 against Hyderabad (now the capital of both Telangana
and Andhra Pradesh) in 1950-51 he had bowling figures of 92.3-21-245-4.
After retiring from cricket scenario, Ghulam Ahmed managed the Indian National Level Cricket team that toured Australia and New Zealand in 1967-68. Ghulam Ahmed was the uncle of the former captain of Pakistan Cricket Team, Asif Iqbal, and the great-uncle of Indian tennis
player, Sania Mirza
Ghulam Ahmed died on 28th October, 1998 in Hyderabad, now the capital city of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.