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Ahsan-ul-Haq was a right-hand batsman and a right-arm medium fast bowler who played a few first-class games in England in 1901 and 1902 while studying for a law degree, turning out for Hampstead. He continued to play in India but did not make another first-class outing until 1923-24 when, aged 45, he captained the Muslims. And it was some return as, batting at No. 11, he thumped 100 not out in 40 minutes in a tenth-wicket stand of 150, the second-fastest century ever. He played the following season as well - with less impressive results - and subsequently helped in the formation of the BCCI.
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?