(born November 14, 1967 in Patna
) is an Indian cricketer
. He is a right-handed batsman and a wicketkeeper.
Karim has a long history with professional cricket, having started his career in 1982-83 immediately after finishing his schooling from St. Xavier's High School, Patna
. His career best is a 234 in the 1990-91 Ranji Trophy
, yet, until 1996 he wasn't picked for his national team. He was first picked as a replacement for Nayan Mongia
in the Standard Bank Series in South Africa in 1996-97 and he performed well with the bat when he scored 55 on debut and a 38 in the next match both, however his next eight innings saw him make 49 runs.
He appeared for India in a test against Bangladesh in 1999 but an eye injury in the next year terminated his career. He averages over 56 in first-class cricket. He currently hosts a cricket parady show on STAR cricket
and is a popular cricket analyst with STAR news
.He is considered to be the best gloveman after Engineer and Kirmani,the two famous stalwarts of Indian cricket by purists.He was unfortunate to miss out after the '99 series where Nayan mongia had a dismal outing and an average which was anything but appealing.Karim still is a popular figure in Indian cricket,coming from a "less-cricketly" synonymous city of Patna,though the city has a decent cricket ground in the form of Moin-ul-haq cricket stadium. Read More