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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Four Muslims in Indian cricket team: Wasim Jaffer, Mohammad Kaif, Irfan Pathan and Munaf Patel



It is a proof of how much scope Muslims have in independent India to excel. Four Muslims were selected in the playing eleven against West Indies in the second cricket test match.

Though it is no index of our secularism but purely a cricket-maniac's observation.
Still, this is almost 60 years after an Indian cricket team has played four Muslims.

In the first official test of India in 1932, four Muslims--the stylish Wazir Ali, Nazir Ali, Jehangir Khan and speedster Mohammad Nissar had represented the country.

The English were shell-shocked by Nissar's accuracy. In the series of 1933-34, Dilawar Husain, the gutsy wicket-keeper, who became the first Indian to score fifties in both innnings and Mushtaq Ali played apart from Wazir Ali and Nissar.

The record was made in the series in 1936 when six Muslim cricketers played in the Oval test. Under Vizianagram's captaincy, Mushtaq Ali, Dilawar Husain, Wazir Ali, Jahangir Khan, Baqa Jilani and Nissar were part of the playing eleven.

However, after independence the number of Muslims steadily went down in the team.
In the 70s Pataudi, Durani and Abid Ali played in the same test several times.

Mohammad Azharuddin, Arshad Ayub and Rashid Patel played in the same match in late 80s. Similarly, with the arrival of the era of Zahir Khan, Pathan and Kaif, often three Muslims have played.

But it has been almost 60 years after, that four Muslims are part of an Indian cricket team. The photographs of all the four cricketers are here on the left. Munaf Patel, Mohammad Kaif, Irfan Pathan and Wasim Jaffer. Clearly, that's the highest number [maximum] of Muslims in Indian team, post-Independence.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Indscribe...your blog is increasingly confusing me. Why a note on muslims in cricket in a blog which claims to be secular? What are you driving at by going about enumerating it this way. I wouldn't be surprised someday to find you raise a cry about of these getting dropped - just cause of their religion, Azhar used that card when he got linked to the fixing scam - while there were others too in that scam.
Friend, please dont mix religion and sport... not atleast when you claim to uphold secularism -for looking at everything through a coloured glass actually disproves the title claim.

Diganta said...

Indian football team has more Muslim and Christian players.

Anonymous said...

its people like you who make out the difference between muslim sikhs christians and hindus. you hide behind the mask of secularism and motivate hatred in an intelligent way. as far as a true inidan is concerned he follows the game and not the religion for many cricket is itself a religion.

what about the fact that an muslim cleric banned watching sports in arabia.

Kamran said...

Indian Hindu's should give more credit to contribution of Muslims to Indian society. Just look at Indian cinema, music industry and sports. First Oscar nominee was Muslim and first person to win the Oscar was a Muslims. I think that Muslims overal are discriminated systematicly in India and thats why this government did put quota for Muslims. Its sad actually because Muslims of India love their country and they deserve better.

Anonymous said...

someone said about why mixing sports with religion. In India everything is mixed with religion so its a joke to criticise Muslims here. Someone said about cleric banning watching sportws in Arabia. Why go so far? Why not stick to India where minorities have in theory all the rights but in reality they are discriminated on daily bases. 450 million Dalits are considered less then animals by Hindu uppercast minority.

Kamran said...

Its ironic how AnIndianMuslim is being criticised here eventhough he is a proud Indian and is against Fundamentalism of any kind. There is not a way a Muslim can do good in the eyes of Non Muslims. That goes for Europe and also for Indian Hindus. I mean is it a crime to vent your opinion and mention about 4 Indian Muslim cricketers? I mean are there not more important issues here? I think he did mention it because he is proud that Muslims are contributing to Indian cricket whats wrong wtih that? I would say just chill and enjoy the game.

itzpraba said...

please please don't separate our wonderful country in-terms of religion...we are in 21st cen...everyone knows most of them in our country.., those who are using internet must be an educated one...so pl don't bother abt indian...proud to be an Indian....Lets make our nation bright at least for our child...