Facts about Syed Kirmani

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Facts about Syed Kirmani:

Initial start:

He started as a student of Farooq Engineer in the England tours in 1971 and 1974 and the 1975 Cricket World Cup.

Domestic Career:

In 275 first-class matches, Kirmani scored 9620 runs at an average of 30.15 with 13 centuries and 38 half-centuries.

Starting with Brick Gloves:

Kirmani started playing cricket in small streets close to home like any other boy in India. Sunil Gavaskar writes in his book Idols that Kirmani started wicketkeeping in the matches which boys used to play on the streets using bricks as gloves.

Best Events in the World:

Kirmani won the Best Wicketkeeper award in the 1983 World Cup, the most talked about topic being the amazing catch of Fouad Bakas which he took in the final against West Indies.

Record Stand:

In the year 1984, Kirmani scored 102 runs, scoring his second century in Tests and added 235 runs with Ravi Shastri against England, which is an Indian record for the seventh wicket.

Debut as a batsman on England tour with schoolchildren:

Kirmani kept wicket for Mysore School and India School. However, on the India Schools tour of England in 1967, Kirmani was selected to play as a batsman. After impressing at the junior level, he was selected for the Mysore team (as Karnataka was known at that time).

Love to sleep:

Gavaskar has written about Kirmani’s love for gold in Idols. He wrote that if the team was not fielding and he was not batting, he would have taken a nap in the pavilion. On one occasion in 1971, when Kirmani was young, manager Ram Prakash Mehra woke him up and instructed him to watch Alan Knott keep wickets. After this Mehra left and Kirmani went back to sleep. One of his teammates covered for Kirmani and told Mehra that the young stumper was sitting closer to the sightscreen to get a better view.

World Series Cricket Probabilities:

Kirmani’s performances early in his international career were testament to his talent. Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket (WSC) was interested in his services. Although Kirmani was ready to make the move, it did not happen. But, he had to pay the price as he was dropped from the Indian team for the 1979 World Cup and the tour of England.

Best wicketkeeper of the 1983 World Cup:

Kirmani was an integral part of Kapil Dev’s 1983 World Cup-winning team. He took some excellent catches during the tournament and was awarded the best wicketkeeper of the tournament by Godfrey Evans.

Record Stand:

In the year 1984, Kirmani scored 102 runs, scoring his second century in Tests and added 235 runs with Ravi Shastri against England, which is an Indian record for the seventh wicket.

Teammates and in-laws:

Former Indian all-rounder Abid Ali is related to Kirmani. Abid’s son married Kirmani’s daughter Fatima in 2002. Sadly, Abid’s son Faqir died of a heart attack while playing cricket in the United States in 2008.

Most victims in a Test innings for India:

During the Christchurch Test between India and New Zealand in 1976, Kirmani took six dismissals, including five catches and one stumping during the second innings. Till date, this remains the record for most dismissals by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test innings. MS Dhoni and Wriddhiman Saha equaled this by taking six catches in an innings.

Selected for the 1971 tour of England:

In 1971, Kirmani was selected as one of three wicketkeepers to tour England. In fact, as Gavaskar writes in Idols, he pipped Mohinder Amarnath to a spot in the team. This is because India had Farooq Engineer and P Krishnamurthy as wicketkeepers. Although Engineer’s Lancashire duties kept him away from many tour games, he was ready for the Test. Thus, India needed another backup wicketkeeper and Kirmani was given his first call-up.

Test century as a night watchman:

Kirmani has the distinction of scoring a century after being sent in as a night watchman. India lost Gavaskar late on the first day of the sixth Test against Australia in Mumbai in 1979. Kirmani was sent in to bat and India ended the day at 231 for three. The next day, he worked towards his maiden Test century, scoring 101. Interestingly, his second Test century also came in Mumbai when he scored 102 runs while batting at number 8 against England in 1984.

Test Call-up:

Kirmani made his Test debut in 1976 against New Zealand. He scored 14 runs while batting in the first innings. India won this match by 8 wickets.

World Records:

In his second Test match against New Zealand, Kirmani equaled the world record of 6 dismissals in an innings.


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