Former Railways spinner Syed Hyder Ali dies at 79


Former Railways spinner Syed Hyder Ali dies at 79

It is with much sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Syed Hyder Ali, one of India’s most respected and talented Railways spinners, who died at t

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It is with much sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Syed Hyder Ali, one of India’s most respected and talented Railways spinners, who died at the age of 79 on November 3, 2020.

Syed Hyder Ali was born in 1941 and gained fame as a part of the Ranji Trophy-winning team of Railways in the 1967-68 season. He made his first appearance in the national cricket team in 1974, representing the Indian Railways in several tournaments. He played alongside Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Viswanath in the quarter-final of the Diagonal series against England and took two wickets, including the wicket of Ian Botham. He went on to become one of India’s standout spinners in the Ranji Trophy and the Zonal League tournaments.

After a long and successful career, Syed Hyder Ali retired in 1992 to focus on coaching, mentoring and nurturing the talent of young cricketers. He was an inspiration to many, alive to the very end in his service to the sport and its people.

Syed Hyder Ali was known for his mastery over the art of spin bowling and his accurate lines and lengths. His loyalty to the Ranji Trophy took him to a great height and helped him establish himself as a household name. His deep knowledge of the game, his skill and his gentlemanly approach left a lasting impression in the annals of cricket history.

His death is a great loss for all those in the game of cricket and his legacy of excellence and hard work will be immortalised forever. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

Former Railways Spinner Syed Hyder Ali Passes Away at the Age of 79

The Indian sporting fraternity has lost one of its stalwarts in Syed Hyder Ali. The former Railways bowler and left-arm spinner who was known for his accurate bowling died at the age of 79 in Bangalore on Monday, March 29th 2021.

Career Overview

Following his debut in domestic cricket in 1966, Syed Hyder Ali played a total of 93 first Class and 31 list A cricket matches for Karnataka, Railways and Uttar Pradesh. His best performance was during the 1973-74 season when he took 5/50 against Rajasthan.

Notable Achievements

Throughout his career, Syed Hyder Ali achieved numerous milestones and accolades, including a gold medal from the President of India for his outstanding performances. He also had a two-year stint as the Chief Coach of the Tamil Nadu cricket team which he left in 2000.

Memorial Service and Tribute

The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI), the Karnataka State Cricket Association, and the Railways Sports Promotion Board held a joint memorial service for Syed Hyder Ali on Tuesday, March 30th 2021. A flood of tributes and condolences have been pouring in from cricketers and other sporting athletes in honour of the veteran bowler.


Syed Hyder Ali will be remembered as a cricketer who inspired many young athletes to take up the sport, and will also be remembered for his generosity and kind-heartedness. He may be gone, but his legacy will live on forever.


Syed Hyder Ali was a veteran bowler who had a long and illustrious career that spanned three decades. He will be fondly remembered by the cricketing fraternity and will continue to inspire many generations to come.