Tendulkar leads Indian cricket fraternity in mourning Abdul Qadir’s death
New Delhi : Batting great Sachin Tendulkar today led the Indian cricket fraternity’s tribute for Pakistan spin legend Abdul Qadir, who died in Lahore after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Qadir rushed to Services Hospital in Lahore on Friday after he complained chest pain but he was declared brought dead. He was 63.
Tendulkar, who as a 16-year-old had played many attacking shots against Qadir during an exhibition match, described him as one of the best spinners of his times.
“Remember playing against Abdul Qadir, one of the best spinners of his times. My heartfelt condolences to his family. RIP,” Tendulkar wrote on his twitter handle.
Remember playing against Abdul Qadir, one of the best spinners of his times. My heartfelt condolences to his family. RIP. pic.twitter.com/iu03d45sJ0
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 7, 2019
In a tweet, former India batsman VVS Laxman said was always mesmerised by Qadir’s unique bowling style.
Sad to hear about the demise of Abdul Qadir. Was always mesmerised by his unique style of bowling and he was one of the best leg-spinners to play the game. Heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 6, 2019
Ace India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also took to Twitter to express his grief at Qadir’s demise.
Extremely saddened by the demise of Abdul Qadir the spin bowling stalwart from Pakistan. My heart goes out to his family and friends. #RIP
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) September 6, 2019
Veteran spinner Harbhajan also expressed his shock at the death of the legendary spinner.
Qadir, who played in 67 Tests and 104 ODIs had a total 368 wickets in his international career. He took 9 wickets for 56 in one test against West Indies at Faisalabad.
Cricket pundits and writers believe that his biggest achievement was to keep the art of wrist spin alive during the eras of the 70s and 80s when fast bowlers dominated world cricket.