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Cricketing fraternity mourns legendary leg-spinner Abdul Qadir’s demise

Cricketers from all around the world were shocked to hear this news.

Abdul Qadir
Abdul Qadir. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Leg-spin was a dying breed during the 1970s. At that point in time, it needed something special to add life back to his type of bowling. And, it can in the form of Abdul Qadir – a maestro in the art of leg-spin bowling. Representing Pakistan at the highest level between 1977 and 1993, Abdul Qadir has inspired an entire generation with his crafty bowling.

Recognized as the foremost leg-spinner of his times, Abdul Qadir had all kinds of variations up his sleeve. He was someone who could bowl six different deliveries on six balls on an over. The former skipper often left the batsmen bamboozled and even troubled the mighty West Indies side back then. Moreover, he picked up 30 wickets in a three-match Test series against England which is one of his biggest career highlights.

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Cricketers pay their tributes to Abdul Qadir

Abdul Qadir picked up 236 wickets in 67 Tests and 132 wickets in 104 ODI games. He was also a part of the Pakistan squad during the 1983 and 1987 World Cups. Even now, his figures of 9/65 in the game against England are the best figures registered by a Pakistan bowler in Test cricket. At this point in time, Abdul Qadir is the fifth-leading Test wicket-taker for his team and dominated the charts along with Imran Khan during his playing days.

Post his retirement, the leg-spinner continued to serve Pakistan cricket in various capacities. He was also the chief selector of the national team and had a stint as a television commentator as well. Also, he mentored the likes of Shane Warne and Mushtaq Ahmed.

However, the miserable news of his death at the age of 63 after a cardiac arrest in Lahore stunned the cricketing fraternity. This was quite shocking as Abdul Qadir never had any heart problems before. The cricketing fraternity mourned the loss of one of the legends of the game. Both current and former cricketers offered their tributes to Qadir.

Former Pakistan captains Wasim Akram, Moin Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Rashid Latif and Waqar Younis expressed grief about the news. They said that his demise was a huge loss to Pakistan cricket. Abdul Qadir was one of the favourites of the current Pakistan PM, Imran Khan.

Here is how the fraternity responded to his death:

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