September 6, 1930 – Don Bradman was dismissed by an Indian for the first time

Nazir Ali got the opportunity to claim Bradman’s wicket before any other Indian as the Australian run-machine never toured India or Asia prior to 1947.

Don Bradman in 1930. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Australia had a successful campaign during the 1930 tour of England as they won the Ashes series coming from behind thanks to the legendary Don Bradman’s exploits. England defeated the Aussies in the first match at Trent Bridge by 93 runs but went down at Lord’s by a 7-wicket margin in the next match. The series came down to the deciding 5th Test after the 3rd and 4th matches ended in a draw. Australia defeated the hosts by innings and 39 runs in the final game played in the Timeless format.

Bradman was the star of that tour as he scored a triple century and two double centuries in the 5-match Test series. He scored 974 runs in the seven innings in that series which is a record till date. The Australians featured in a couple of matches after the Test series in England before they returned home. They were slated to end the tour by playing HDG Leveson-Gower’s XI in Scarborough before which they took on Club Cricket Conference team in a 2-day game played on September 6th and 8th.

A priced wicket:

Australia, who batted first in the game, lost William Ponsford without a run on the board. An in-form, Bradman stepped in and began to score runs freely. He opened his account with a boundary on the first ball before surviving when Syed Nazir Ali of India dropped an easy catch. Bradman capitalized on the opportunity and raced to 70 in less than one and half hour. Nazir Ali reprieved for his mistake when Bradman hit one straight to FE Whitehead off the Indian pacer’s bowling.

Left, Nazir Ali and right, Mahomed Nissar. (Photo by J. Gaiger/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

William Brindley (5) and Henry Smith (4) shared nine wickets between them to bowl the Australians out for 278 after Alan Kippax and Woodfull scored 68 and 60 respectively. The home team ended the first day on 13/2 and resumed after the rest day to be bowled out for 133. Gerald Summers (53) and Brindley (34) put on 78 runs for the 4th wicket but couldn’t save their team. Being asked to follow-on the Club Cricket Conference made only 104 in the 2nd essay and lost the game by an innings and 41 runs.

Syed Nazir Ali’s history:

Syed Nazir Ali was born in Punjab and made an appearance in India’s maiden Test in 1932 and played one more game in the 1933/34 home series. After Independence in 1947, Nazir Ali moved to Pakistan as an administrator. He represented India along with his brother Syed Wazir Ali who featured in seven Test matches who also moved to Pakistan later on. Nazir Ali got the opportunity to claim Bradman’s wicket before any other Indian as the Australian run-machine never toured India or Asia prior to 1947.

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