10 seriously amazing things about Moeen Munir Ali: The spin star of England

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Ali had signed for Warwickshire when he was just 15, and scored a half-century for the county’s Second XI only days before his 16th birthday.
Ali had signed for Warwickshire when he was just 15, and scored a half-century for the county’s Second XI only days before his 16th birthday.

MOEEN Ali has spun England to a 60-run victory over India in the fourth Test as the hosts sealed a series victory over the world’s top-ranked nation with a match to spare.

Set 245 for a series-levelling victory, India were bowled out for 184 with the recalled Moeen taking 4-71 to go with the five wickets he took in India’s first innings.

None was more crucial than that of India skipper Virat Kohli who shared a gritty 101-run fourth-wicket partnership with Ajinkya Rahane after India had slumped to 3-22.

Kohli, who survived an early review against Moeen, looked set having reached a patient 58 but he fell to the off-spinner just before tea.

India’s last six wickets went down for 51 runs and although Ravi Ashwin blazed away for 25 to hold England up he was eventually trapped lbw by all-rounder Sam Curran.

About Moeen Munir Ali

Who is Moeen Ali? Here are 10 fact’s that you did not know about Moeen:

1. Ali had signed for Warwickshire when he was just 15, and scored a half-century for the county’s Second XI only days before his 16th birthday.

2. His first three victims in first class cricket were all Test players. Stuart Law, Dominic Cork and Dave Mohammed.

3. The 26-year-old won Warwickshire’s NBC Denis Compton Award on both 2004 and 2005.

4. His highest first class score is of 250, which he scored against Glamorgan while being involved in a partnership worth 316 with Jack Shantry.

5. Moeen represented Mohammedan Sporting Club of the Ispahani Premier Division, on the recommendation of Bangladeshi cricketer Shakib Al Hasan.

6. Cousins of Moeen, Kabir Ali and Kadeer Ali also play first-class cricket for Lancashire and Gloucestershire respectively, while his own sibling Omar has played in the Minor Counties Championship for Herefordshire.

7. In 2013, he was awarded County Cricket’s MVP award for his exceptional performance, which included 4 centuries, 8 fifties and 28 wickets. With an average of 62 he had scored 1375 runs for the club, which is the highest by any batsman in first class cricket. On his way to win the MVP award, Ali beat Samit Patel on the final day of the season.

 

8. He was also named the PCA player of the year in 2013.

9. Ali scored his maiden half-century on 5th March, 2014, in the 3rd ODI against West Indies in St. John’s.

10. Moeen made his ODI debut against West Indies on 28th February, 2014. He scored 44 runs, while also taking his maiden ODI wicket.

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