The cricketing world and Pakistan lost one of its biggest names after leg spinner Abdul Qadir died from suffering a massive heart attack on Friday.
Qadir was one of the best exponents of spin bowling and is credited for reviving the art of leg spin during the 70s and 80s emerging as one of the biggest superstars of the cricketing world. Condolences poured from around the world, as cricket lost one of its bowling magicians.
Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted, “Deeply saddened to hear of Abdul Qadir’s passing. My prayers and condolences go to the family. Abdul Qadir was a genius, one of the greatest leg spinners of all time. And he was also the life of the dressing room entertaining the team with his wit ans humour”.
Deeply saddened to hear of Abdul Qadir’s passing. My prayers & condolences go to the family. Abdul Qadir was a genius, one of the greatest leg spinners of all time. And he was also the life of the dressing room entertaining the team with his wit & humour.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) 7 September 2019
PM Khan, who used to call Qadir as his trump card during their cricketing days, further said Qadir would have gotten more wickets than Australia’s Shane Warne if he was playing ‘cricket now with the modern DRS system’, where batsmen can be given out on the front foot as well.
Qadir’s bowling statistics do not do justice to his genius. Had he been playing cricket now with the modern DRS system, where batsmen can be given out on the front foot as well, Qadir would have gotten as many wickets as the great Shane Warne.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) 7 September 2019
Fellow cricketers and people from all walks of life paid glowing tribute to the bowling great.
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) 7 September 2019
Abdul Qadir, the legendary Pakistan leg-spinner, has passed away at the age of 63. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/Kl0Vox35Qu
— ICC (@ICC) 6 September 2019
They called him the magician for many reasons but when he looked me in the eyes & told me I was going to play for Pakistan for the next 20 years, I believed him.A Magician, absolutely. A leg spinner & a trailblazer of his time. You will be missed Abdul Qadir but never forgotten
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) 6 September 2019
COAS expresses heartfelt grief on demise of cricket legend Abdul Qadir.
“Pakistan has lost a great sportsman and a human being. May Allah bless his soul and gives strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss, Aamen”, COAS.
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) 6 September 2019
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ
Absolutely shocking news to hear the sad passing Legend Abdul Qadir saab. May Allah SWT grant him the highest rank in jannah and his family the patience to bare the loss. #Ameen
— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) 6 September 2019
PCB is shocked at the news of ‘maestro’ Abdul Qadir’s passing and has offered its deepest condolences to his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/NTRT3cX2in
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 6 September 2019
“Gone Too Soon” Cricket has lost a Legend today Abdul Qadir“Inalil a wa ina alha rajaoon” Very upsetting and disturbing news.He was a very kind and a humble man.May ALLAH grant him highest place in Jannat and give his family a sabr in this difficult time. #RIP Qadir Bhai💔 pic.twitter.com/TBdGVOaS1R
— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) 6 September 2019
We all belong to Allah SWT and to Him we all shall return. Deeply saddened to hear about Sir Abdul Qadir’s death. May Allah meet his soul with a smile & keep him in His shade of love & mercy, Ameen.
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) 6 September 2019
We all are proud to be Pakistanis, but there are very few of us that Pakistan is proud of. Abdul Qadir was one such man
In an era known 4 fast bowlers, he inspired a whole generation of leg spinners with his art. A true legend of the game.
RIP Qadir sb. You’ll be dearly missed.
— Jahangir Khan Tareen (@JahangirKTareen) 7 September 2019
Saddened by the sudden loss of Abdul Qadir. Condolences to his family. A champion and legend gone on to eternal rest.
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) 7 September 2019
Abdul Qadir set the mould for all leg spinners that came out of Pakistan after him. All had a bit of Qadir in them. Such was his impact. #RIPAbdulQadir
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 7 September 2019
Extremely saddened to hear the passing of my guru and mentor Abdul Qadir sir.He was someone who was always there for me to guide me not only in cricket but everything in life.He was a father figure for many and will be missed for his kind behaviour.May Allah grant him jannah 💔
— Imran Tahir (@ImranTahirSA) 6 September 2019
Really sorry to hear the sad news about the leg spin wizard and magician Abdul Qadir. Loved watching him bowl with his unplayable googlies, flippers and leg breaks. https://t.co/2htmjjvqWZ
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) 6 September 2019
Take a look back on a five-wicket haul in the 1983 Boxing Day Test for Pakistan great Abdul Qadir, who passed away on Friday pic.twitter.com/bGWmOLxTiu
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) 7 September 2019
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) 6 September 2019
Shocked to hear Abdul Qadir passed away.met him two years back he was full of energy as always..A champion bowler,Great human being,you will be missed forever..condolences to the family..🙏🙏 #RIPabdulqadir pic.twitter.com/HmKVoIwCBU
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 6 September 2019
His hand quicker than the eye, Abdul Qadir rolled over many a giants with a magnificent sleight of hand! Thank you for letting me watch it from short leg. The best legspinner of his era, he pioneered the art of leg spin in one day cricket. Bao ji, you will be forever missed.
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) 6 September 2019