The Pakistan cricket team has always been regarded with having the greatest cricketers the world has ever seen. And though the team has been very unpredictable in recent years, no one can deny the brilliance of individual Pakistani cricket players over the years.
1. Inzamam Ul Haq, not only bowled in international cricket, but he took a wicket on his very first delivery.
We all miss the teddy bear looking legend.
2. Abdur Razzaq and Shoaib Malik are amongst the only four players in international cricket history who have played on all ten batting positions for a team.
Lance Klusener and Hashan Tillakaratne are the other two players.
3. The bat with which Shahid Afridi scored his fastest century in a one day international, was borrowed from Waqar Younis.
The record remained unbeaten for over a decade.
4. Wasim Akram has a higher test innings score than Sachin Tendulkar.
Wasim’s highest score was 257, while Tendulkar’s highest score was 248*.
5. Shahid Afridi scored twice as many runs and wickets as the legendary Imran Khan in ODIs.
Don’t get too surprised. Lala has played way more games than Kaptaan.
6. Hanif Mohammad holds the world record for the longest innings in international test history – 970 minute scoring 337* against West Indies.
That is more than 16 hours.
7. Shoaib Akhtar’s late reverse swing delivery handed Rahul Dravid an out.
Source: The Cricket Monthly
He later got Sachin Tendulkar out on a similar delivery, that too on a duck. These two late reverse swing deliveries are called, ‘double jeopardy’.
8. Imran Khan completed his 1000 runs in 1989 playing against India.
Indian batsman Kapil Dev also completed his 1000 runs playing against Pakistan in 1989.
9. Ahmed Shehzad has taken more selfies than any player in cricketing history.
If only he was equally dedicated in his batting.
10. Pakistan have never bowled out India in the World Cup.
India have managed to get them all out 3 times (1992, 99, 2011).
11. Wasim Akram is the only player to have taken 2 test hat tricks and 2 ODI hattricks.
He is also one of only 3 players to take 4 wickets in 5 balls and has also taken 3 wickets in 4 balls twice.
12. Mudassar Nazar scored the slowest test century of all time when he batted for 591 minutes and made 114 off 449 balls at a strike-rate of 25.38!
Arguably even more painful, in the same test match (Lahore Test of 1977/78) Geoffrey Boycott scored 63 from 267 balls at the strike-rate of 23.59.
13. Shahid Afridi has the second highest number of ducks in ODIs.
30 to be exact.
Let’s hope the revival of cricketing culture continues in Pakistan.