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Birthday special [2nd August] : Happy birthday to Indian legend who took 9 wickets in a debut match

Arshad Ayub will celebrate his birthday today

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Arshad Ayub, an Indian right hand off break bowler was born today in 1958 in Hyderabad.

The 3-year stint of Arshad with Indian cricket was a ride with a lot of ups and downs.

The rise

He made his Test debut against West Indies on 25th November 1987 in Delhi. His accurate bowling bamboozled 5 West Indians in the first innings and 4 in the second.

India vs West Indies 1987 test series

In the next year, he bowled a series-defining spell against New Zealand. He took 21 wickets in a 2-1 series victory for India.  Out of those 21, the 8 were in the first match.

The fall

Arshad continued his excellence with the ball for more than 2 years. The series against Pakistan was the lowest point of his career, suddenly the batsman started to read him perfectly. He played two Tests without a single wicket. The lack of wickets affected his accuracy and he was taken for plenty of runs in those two Tests. The series ended his Test career, but he kept on performing in the ODIs.

Heroics in Asia cup

In the 1988 Asia Cup,  he took revenge on Pakistan by taking 5/21 and aided India to bundle out Pakistan on 142. India won that game by 4 wickets.

Arshad played 13 Tests for India and has 41 wickets at 35.07. In 32 ODIs he has picked 31 wickets at 39.23 which includes the best figures and match-winning figures of 5/21.

Never-ending contribution to cricket

In 1998, Arshad started his own cricket academy, Arshad Ayub Cricket Academy or AACA. The academy has been actively producing a lot of cricketers over the years and many of them have played India’s elite tournament, The Ranji Trophy.

We wish Arshad a very Happy Birthday!

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Saurabh Karmarkar
Saurabh Karmarkar
An ardent Test cricket fan, a loyal Bayern Munich supporter who loves to write about sports and a fitness enthusiast.

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