Topyaps Logo

Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo Topyaps Logo

Topyaps menu

Responsive image

This Indian Cricketer Turned Down Pakistani Citizenship Twice

Published on 1 January, 2018 at 7:13 pm By

Syed Mushtaq Ali was a legendary Indian cricketer of all time. He was known as a big hitter of the ball and one of the fastest runners between the wickets. Figures should not be the yardstick to measure Mushtaq’s stature, as he played in 11 Tests, totalling 612 runs at an average of 32.21. Mushtaq played for Central India, Gujarat, Holkar and United Provinces, spanning two decades and more. In 1950-51 season, he scored 948 runs for Holkar, with a hat-trick of centuries, 125 v UP, 100 v Hyderabad and 100 not out v West Bengal, apart from 187 v Gujarat. He aggregated 5013 runs in the Ranji Trophy at an average of 49.15.

Syed Mushtaq Ali cricketcountry


Advertisement

His popularity among the fans was so immense that when spectators found that he was not in the Indian team to play the Australian Services, they staged a protest in Calcutta in 1946.

Taking a walk down memory lane, his son Gulrez Ali, recalls how his famous father rejected former Pakistan prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s offer of Pakistani citizenship just after the partition in 1948. Mushtaq was offered Pakistani citizenship twice by the erstwhile Pakistan premier.

indiannerve

Gulrez said:



“My father once told me that he was invited by Zulifqar Ali Bhutto, if my memory serves me right, around 1947-48 to come to Pakistan and live there but he refused.”

He added:

“The second proposal was, I think, during Bhutto’s meeting with Indira Gandhi in Shimla in the 70s. He politely refused on both the occasions, telling Bhutto that – India is my home, it has given me everything and I will live here all my life.”

thehindu


Advertisement

Born on December 17, 1914, in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, at 19 years and 19 days, Mushtaq became the youngest ever then to represent India against the MCC team led by Douglas Jardine in 1933-34 at Calcutta. Mushtaq had passed away at 91. Fittingly, India’s domestic T20 tournament has been named after him.

Advertisement

Latest Stories

Bunch of Funny Non-Veg Jokes To Feed Your Head

Bunch of Funny Non-Veg Jokes To Feed Your Head


Telugu Movie ‘Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’ Becomes The New Victim of Tamilrockers, Leaked Online

Telugu Movie ‘Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’ Becomes The New Victim of Tamilrockers, Leaked Online


Hrithik & Tiger Starrer ‘War’ Movie Has Ben Leaked By Tamilrockers

Hrithik & Tiger Starrer ‘War’ Movie Has Ben Leaked By Tamilrockers


27 Cute Lines And Hilarious Love Memes For Your Loved Ones

27 Cute Lines And Hilarious Love Memes For Your Loved Ones


Piracy Website Tamilrockers Leaked Dream Girl Online

Piracy Website Tamilrockers Leaked Dream Girl Online


Advertisement

Most Searched

More From India

Popular on The Web