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Full name Sarfraz Nawaz Malik
Born December 1, 1948, Lahore, Punjab
Current age 66 years 118 days
Major teams Pakistan, Lahore, Northamptonshire, Pakistan Railways, Punjab, Punjab University, United Bank Limited
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|Test debut||Pakistan v England at Karachi, Mar 6-10, 1969 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v England at Lahore, Mar 19-24, 1984 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v Pakistan at Christchurch, Feb 11, 1973 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Pakistan v New Zealand at Peshawar, Nov 12, 1984 scorecard|
|First-class span||1967/68 - 1984/85|
|List A span||1970 - 1984/85|
A big, burly Punjabi, Sarfraz formed a potent partnership with Imran Khan, and was one of the pioneers of reverse-swing. His most prolific spell came in the Melbourne Test of 1978-79, but he kept going admirably on some heartless Test pitches in Pakistan. After retirement he became an outspoken MP and cricket commentator.
Sarfaraz proved himself a fast-medium bowler of class, a tough customer at most times who possessed an unnerring accuracy while bowling. His ability to hit the ball while batting lower down the order made him a useful allrounder and he was the third Pakistani to take 100 Test wickets and score 1000 Test runs. He possessed a good action and the ability to seam the bowl with equal effectiveness both ways. On March 15, 1979 at Melbourne, he bowled a memorable spell to take nine wickets in an innings. He dismissed seven batsmen while conceding one run from 33 balls. He was a highly controversial player due to his idiosyncracies and mood swings and bowled a succession of bouncers at other fast bowlers such as Jeff Thompson and Joel Garner. Once, protesting about his pay, he flew to England during a Test series between the two teams in Pakistan. He was also involved in the Hildrich affair during the Australian tour of 1979.
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan