Sachin Tendulkar has led the Indian cricket fraternity’s tribute for Pakistan spin legend Abdul Qadir, who passed away in Lahore after suffering a cardiac arrest. Qadir died before he could be brought to a hospital. Tendulkardescribed him as one of the best spinners of his times. He wrote in his twitter handle “Remember playing against Abdul Qadir, one of the best spinners of his times. My heartfelt condolences to his family. RIP.”
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also tweeted to express his grief at Qadir’s demise. He tweeted “Extremely saddened by the demise of Abdul Qadir the spin bowling stalwart from Pakistan. My heart goes out to his family and friends. #RIP.”
Harbhajan Singh also expressed his shock at the death of the legendary spinner. “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,” Singh tweeted.
In his condolence message, former Indian batsman VVS Laxman has said that he was always mesmerised by Qadir’s unique bowling style.
Qadir became was a legend for keeping the art of wrist spin alive in the ‘70s and ‘80s with his bouncy and unique run-up and flamboyant personality. He had played 67 Tests and 104 ODIs to pick up a total of 368 wickets in his international career. Tributes also poured in from Australian spin legend Shane Warne, who termed him a “terrific bowler”.