A.K. Salamuddin had become famous at Aligarh University due to his fearsome pace. Regarded by many, particularly his contemporary players and observers, as the greatest of all bowlers in India at the turn of century, Salamuddin could change his mode of attack to suit any type of pitch. From a springy, modest run, his tall, erect figure would erupt into a bounding high action; his long arms and large, strong fingers extract maximum bounce and movement from the most placid of surfaces.

He was a master of deception and flight and could turn or swing the ball either way. Usually, he operated at a brisk medium pace but could maintain the same control at slow medium. At will he could bowl a late in swinging leg cutter, pitched to hit the off stump. The arch perfectionist, he was never tired of experimenting with a variety of grips and seam Positions.

An unfriendly, ascetic, menacing character, he ostracized the dearth of cricket matches in India. He was playing cricket at the Aligarh University much before the organizers recruited the Muslims' team in the inter-communal tournaments. Salamuddin was a conventionalist and was principally taken to England in 1911 on the special recommendations of Dr. Pavri, another legend of quick bowling in India.

Such was his muscle power that once he sent a bail 38 yards after having bowled a batsman in a university match. Later in his career he developed into a powerful lower-order batsman. A strong driver, he was capable of executing some fearsome strokes against all types of bowling with great freedom. In the pre-war era (pre-World War I), his exploits on the field made him a celebrated cricketer and after the tour to England in 1911, he became an overnight star in India.

Salamuddin was a genuine all-rounder. His destructive bowling, hard hitting batting and exceptional slip fielding made him the most prominent cricketer at Aligarh from 1902-1907. Though more of a fast medium, he at 27 was considered the best prospect for the 1911 tour to England. He was an amazingly fit bowler who in England appeared in 22 matches on the trot, missing only one.

England in 1911, Salamuddin against the M.C.C, at Lord's, took 5 for 128 in a tireless spell of bowling. His wickets included I. Tarrant (15), J.W. Hearne (4), A.E. Lowton (75), G.J.V. Weigale (103) and N.C. Tufuell (38). At Leicester he took another haul of five wickets (5 for 79 in 35 over’s) in the first innings. He added two more wickets to his tally in the second. At Taunton, against Somerset, he was seen at his devastating best. Salamuddin took his third five-wicket haul of the tour (6 f or 64 in 17.1 overs). However, cricket being a great leveler, in the second innings, Brand massacred him during his knock of 125. His twelve over’s cost him 73 runs. Bowling short and wide, Salamuddin was hit all over the Place.

Against Durham, he scored 85 not out and then took 3 for 50 and 4 for 45 ending the match on a high note. Playing against Scotland, he scored his tour highest of 120 and at Bristol against Gloucestershire he hit another half-century before being caught by Brownlee off Dennett. Over all on tour, in 39 innings Salamuddin amassed 692 runs at 23.06 besides collecting 73 wickets at 24.24 in 609.5 over’s.

Khan Salamuddin was born on October 16th, 1888 at Hasty Sheikh Darwesh, Jullundur (Jalandhar) in province of Punjab in India. Salamuddin came from a thorough-bred and well to do family and laid the foundations of cricket in the clan that saw his nephew M. Salahuddin, his son represented India against Jack Ryder's Australia in 1936, and brother-in-law Baqa Jilani played Test cricket for India in 1936. His nephew Jahangir Khan's son Majid Khan captained Pakistan, his great grandsons Bazid Khan and Kamran Khan have been active first class cricketers while grand-nephews Javed Burki and Imran Khan went onto captain Pakistan.

Salamuddin's nephews Humayun Zaman and Javed Zaman played first class cricket while Fawad Zaman was a regular Services player. His grandson Asad Jehangir won Oxford Blue and played first class cricket in Pakistan. Babar Zaman, laved Zaman's son and Majid Khan's son-in-law and Nisar Zaman, Brigadier Fawad Zaman's son also played first class cricket. Babar in fact represented regional and board teams in international matches. Farrukh Zaman, another nephew also played first class cricket.

Interestingly, Jehangir Khan also held the All India javelin throw record and represented his country in the 1st Empire games. Niaz Khan captained Pakistan at hockey. Another relative, Shafi Khan Burki held the pole vault record. Arif Ali Khan Abbasi, another star administrator also belongs to the clan.

Salamuddin returned from England in 1911 and appeared for Muslims against the Europeans in the Bombay Quadrangular Tournament of 1912-13. At the Marine Lines Ground in Bombay, he helped his team to a seven-wicket win. However, it was another Lahore Gymkhana bowler Saleh Mohammad who dominated the Europeans' first innings. Saleh took 5 for 27 in 22 overs while his new ball partner A.K. Salamuddin took 1 for 41 and was taken off after having bowled only nine overs. S.A. Aziz was brought in his place and he immediately made the impression taking 3 for 31 in 12 over's.

Salamuddin batting at number four scored 26 in the first innings. Saleh Mohammad devastated the Europeans with figures of 6 for 45 in 17 overs. Salamuddin took 0 for 13 from six over’s before leaving the field with a side strain. Having been the second highest scorer in Muslims' first innings, A.K. Salamuddin joined M. Yusuf Baig with his team was in dire straits. Needing 75 runs to win and with Nazir Hussain and K.A. Tamboovala falling cheaply, Salamuddin batted with an unending passion taking Mohammedans to an emphatic win.

Baig and Salamuddin starred with a 53-run partnership. Beg got out with 20 runs still needed but Salamuddin along with Abdul Aziz took his team past the victory target. Salamuddin batting brilliantly made 25 not out on a difficult pitch.

He returned to the Muslims team for the 1912-13 final of the Bombay Quadrangular Tournament played at the Gymkhana Ground (Mumbai) against the Parsees. It ended in disaster for Salamuddin and his team with Parsees winning the match by an innings and 177 runs. H.D. Kanga hit 150 and J.S. Warden 85 helping Parsees to post 333 in 101.4 overs. However, Salamuddin unlike rest of his colleagues excelled with the ball taking 3 for 39 in 15 overs. Nevertheless, he failed with the bat scoring 8 and 0 in the two innings.

Salamuddin left first class cricket for the next 14 years. He was 39 years of age when he represented Aligarh University Past and Present team against the Marylebone Cricket Club at the Muslim University Ground in February 1927. He opened the innings and was bowled by Maurice Tate for nine with his team slumping to 86 all out in only 34.4 over’s. While Ghulam Mohammad devastaed the tourists, Salamuddin provided the major breakthroughs. He took wickets of Andrew Sandham (52), G.S. Boyes (21) and Arthur Gilligan (9). Furthermore, he held a well-judged catch in the out field dismissing R.C.J Chichester-Constable off Ghulam Mohammad.

Salamuddin was 27 years of age when his wife gave birth to his son Masood Salahuddin on December 24th 1915 at Merath (now Meerut), Uttar Pradesh in India. Like his father, Masood was a right-handed batsman and a distinguished right arm fast bowler. Masood played first class cricket for 24 years and later on became a first class and Test umpire. He also managed Pakistan's team to England in 1971.

Masood made his first class debut for the United Provinces against Delhi in the 1934-35 Ranji Troph Twice he was selected to play for India against Australia in 1935-36. He also appeared for the Muslims against the Rest in 1940-41 and after partition joined Pakistan Railways. Masood's only representative match in Pakistan came against Ceylon when he appeared for the Commander-in-Chief XI at the Rawalpindi Club Ground.

Salamuddin died in 1975 aged 87.He played 16 first class matches during a career spanned over fifteen years. He scored 381 runs with the highest of 50 at 14.65 besides taking 17 catches close to the wicket and in the outfield. However, he collected 40 wickets at 29.65 with the best of 6 for 64. Thrice he took five wickets in an innings at an economy rate of 3.17. It was Salamuddin's passion for cricket that saw his family taking the game seriously subsequently producing five Test players, two for India and three for Pakistan.