Originally Posted by biryani0711
Never knew Zaheer Abbas was hit in the hit Is that why he ended his career early? Anyone know how he hit his head?
he got hit in the head in the late seventies. After that he was increasingly afraid of fast bowling. I think in the west indies series.
here is an exceprt from Imrans books
This is an excerpt from "All Round View", Imran Khan's
autobiography. This has been copied without permission, I
hope no copyrights have been violated.
Imran on Zaheer
Statistically one of Pakistan's all time greats, Zaheer
, was certainly the best timer of the ball I have ever
seen. There may have been harder hitters, but no one could
match his timing. At Karachi in 1982-3, during his 186, he
went to drive a ball from Kapil Dev and found that it was
not quite up to him. He checked his shot and played
defensively, and his innate timing sent the ball away for
four past cover. The cricket commentators kept replaying
this shot on television, pointing out that Zaheer
even followed through. His exquisite timing meant that he
was a great player of spin bowling, which he could take
apart on any wickets.
could play off either foot, and through either side
of the wicket, but his main problem was one of temperament.
As soon as he was under pressure, he found it hard going,
and often fell into a bad patch. Once in a poor run of form,
he often found it difficult to break out again.
He also had a problem with pace bowling. It didn't seem to
worry him early in his career, but in the early 1980s he
suffered a form of shellshock. He was never the same after
Sylvester Clarke had hit
him on the head
during the West
Indies tour of Pakistan in 1980-1, often making excuses or
taking the easy option by hitting out wildly against the
slower bowlers. He was also very conscious of his average,
which counts against him in my view. I can't really rate
him in the top flight of batsmen.