The Leg Spinning magician Abdul Qadir was simply unplayable during the 1987-88 rubber at home against England. Pakistan clinched the rubber one-nil, and he captured a record 13 wickets, including 13 for 101 at Lahore. In the first innings, he alone bagged nine wickets and virtually bowled Pakistan single-handled to victory by an innings and 87 runs.
He remains the highest wicket-taker in Pakistan-England Tests with 82 Wickets in just 16 appearances. Unfortunately, he is no more with us and died in September 2019 due to a cardiac attack in Lahore. Abdul Qadir was regarded as one of the best-ever leg spinners of the 1970s and 1980s. He was a role model for upcoming leg spinners.
Many Pakistani leg spinners tried to copy his action. Mushtaq Ahmad copied Abdul Qadir’s actions and played so many years. Danish Kaneria also copied his action and becomes the highest wicket-taker for Pakistan as a leg spinner.