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Alimuddin was a cricketer from Pakistan who was born on 15 December 1930 in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. He was well known for his legendary performance throughout his career. He started his career at the age of 12 years and 73 days in 1942-43 making a First-Class debut for Rajasthan, in the pre-partition Ranji Trophy and becoming the youngest ever to play a First-Class match.
On the historic tour to England led by Abdul Hafeez Kardar in 1954, he scored and started the innings with a maiden hundred at Worcester and scored a second one against Cambridge. Later on, his form fell and he was lousy. In three tests he managed only 51 runs.
It was Pakistan's first home series against India in 1954-55. An International team was touring Pakistan for the first time, amidst all the tension and the excitement. Alimuddin came back strongly and the former Pakistan opener who faced the first delivery bowled by an international side in Pakistan became the best batsman on either side in the series. Alimuddin was also the first batsman to score a hundred at National Cricket Stadium in Karachi against India, in a low-scoring match in 1955.
He played only 25 tests for Pakistan, before retiring and moving to England where he worked at Heathrow Airport for Pakistan International Airlines. Alimuddin managed 1091 runs in 25 matches and 45 innings with an average of 25.37 with 2 innings left not out. His highest score was 109 and he has 2 centuries and 7 fifties to his name.
Alimuddin spent a very simple life. He never married and he supported his family all the time moving to England for his work. His pension was stopped as his there was some sort of error in his date of birth before Pakistan took an action and pension was paid to him again. He passed away at the age of 81 years and 210 days on 12 July 2012 at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow leaving golde memories of him and his batting performance to the young generation.