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Arshad Ayub – Unathletic, Little Overweight But Effective
Arshad Ayub is born on 2nd August 1958 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. He’s a former off-spinner who played for India in 13 Test matches and 32 One Day Internationals between 1987 and 1994. The mini all-rounder Arshad Ayub normally bowled straight and away-going deliveries more often than he did the off-break. These kinds of deliveries often surprise the batsman with their sharpness and quick speed.
In 1987-88, Arshad Ayub made his Test debut against the powerful West Indies side at Delhi. He showed excellent class in his debut match and took 4 wickets while West Indies was chasing 276 in the fourth innings. Arshad Ayub’s lone battle didn’t work, picking up four wickets of the five West Indies wickets chased the score. He played the last Test against Pakistan at Lahore in 1989 and couldn’t get any wicket in his 49 overs spell on a slow pitch.
In 1988, Arshad Ayub tormented the New Zealand side but taking 21 wickets in a 3 match Test series. His brilliant contribution played a vital role in winning the series by 2-1. In the first Test at Bangalore, he took 8 for 104, eventually, India thumbing win.
In the 2nd Test Match at Mumbai, he picked up 5 for 50, which was his career-best bowling on the highest level of cricket, however, India lost the match by 136 runs. So, in the deciding Test Match at Hyderabad (Deccan), he picked up 4 for 55 and 3 for 36 (7/91) went on India to win the match by 10 wickets.
After that, he went with the Indian side to tour West Indies in 1988-89, where he just managed to take 14 wickets in a 4-match series. However, India lost the series with a 3 – 0 margin. In the first Test Match at Georgetown, he picked 5 for 104. In the 2nd Test at Bridgetown, he grabbed 1 for 55 and 1 for 26. In the third Test at Port of Spain, he took the 5 for 117 and none for 50. Hence, in the final Test match at Kingston, Arshad’s bowling analysis was 2 for 99.
After that, he went to Pakistan, where he was treated like a street bowler. He played two matches, but unluckily didn’t get any wicket, which eventually ended his Test career. Overall, he played 13 Test matches for India and took 41 wickets at 35.07 with three times he picked five wickets haul. He appeared in 32 ODI’s for India and grabbed 31 wickets at an average of 39.22 with the career-best figure of 5 for 21.
Arshad Ayub has four children, Amaal Ayub, Ambreen Ayub, Ammar Ayub, and Aqib Ayub.
In 1998, Arshad Ayub took the step to open the AACA (Arshad Ayub Cricket Academy) in Hyderabad to transform his experience to youth. His contribution makes a giant leap in this city and introduced many at all levels, under 14, under 16, under 19, and under 22 to Ranji Trophy. He became Indian Cricket manager on the tour of Bangladesh in 2010 and for the world cup 2015.