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Ghulam Ahmed – a genius that strode the cricket world

“Genius” is P.R. Man Singh’s summation of former India captain and off-spinner Ghulam Ahmed on the eve of his delivery centenary.

“A gentleman cricketer, great administrator and a master of subtle flight and variation of length and line,” says Man Singh, former HCA secretary.

“A product of Madarsa-I-Aliya and later Nizam College, Ghulam was selected to play for Madras University in the all-India inter-University tournament for the Rohinton Baria Trophy. He later made his First Class debut for Hyderabad against Madras in 1938 and never looked back. He went on to lead India, in the Hyderabad Test against New Zealand,” Man Singh stated.

“With Vinoo Mankad and later with Subhash Gupte, Ghulam formed a formidable spin combination for India. Mankad and Ghulam played a pivotal role in India winning its first ever Test, at Madras against England in 1952,” he stated.


“In the middle of the 1958-59 series against the West Indies, during the third Test at Calcutta, Ghulam resigned as India captain following a controversy. The same year he relinquished Hyderabad captaincy and quit First Class cricket with 179 Ranji wickets at 18.18 apiece,” Man Singh stated.

Once Ghulam gave up enjoying, he moved to administration. He was honorary secretary of the Hyderabad Cricket Association from 1959-76.

“Thanks to him, the Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup, which was a local event, was revived as an all-India tournament ensuring that the cream of Indian cricket featured in it,” Man Singh stated.

Slew of achievements

Ghulam was additionally India supervisor and, most significantly, chairman of the nationwide choice committee that picked the Indian crew which received the 1983 World Cup. As BCCI secretary he organised the Board’s golden jubilee celebrations earlier than happening to turn out to be vice-president, Man Singh stated.

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