Imran Khan      

Full name Imran Khan Niazi

Born October 5, 1952, Lahore, Punjab

Current age 68 years 144 days

Major teams Pakistan, Dawood Club, Lahore, New South Wales, Oxford University, Pakistan International Airlines, Sussex, Worcestershire

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

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Relation Cousin - Javed Burki, Cousin - Majid Khan

In a nutshell Imran Khan is indisputably the greatest cricketer to emerge from Pakistan, and arguably the world's second-best allrounder after Garry Sobers. He took a mediocre side and transformed them into world-beaters, leading them to the World Cup title in 1992. More

Imran Khan Niazi
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 88 126 25 3807 136 37.69 6 18 55 28 0
ODIs 175 151 40 3709 102* 33.41 5105 72.65 1 19 36 0
First-class 382 582 99 17771 170 36.79 30 93 117 0
List A 425 384 80 10100 114* 33.22 5 66 84 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 88 142 19458 8258 362 8/58 14/116 22.81 2.54 53.7 17 23 6
ODIs 175 153 7461 4844 182 6/14 6/14 26.61 3.89 40.9 3 1 0
First-class 382 65224 28726 1287 8/34 22.32 2.64 50.6 70 13
List A 425 19122 11312 507 6/14 6/14 22.31 3.54 37.7 12 6 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Pakistan at Birmingham, Jun 3-8, 1971 scorecard
Last Test Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Faisalabad, Jan 2-7, 1992 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut England v Pakistan at Nottingham, Aug 31, 1974 scorecard
Last ODI England v Pakistan at Melbourne, Mar 25, 1992 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1969/70 - 1991/92
List A span 1973 - 1991/92

Few would dispute that Imran was the finest cricketer Pakistan has produced, or the biggest heartthrob. Suave, erudite and monstrously talented, he gave cricket in the subcontinent real sex appeal in the 1970s and 1980s. As such he and TV completed the popularisation of the game in his country which Hanif Mohammad and the radio had begun. Thousands, if not millions, who had never dreamt of bowling fast on heartless baked mud suddenly wanted to emulate Imran and his lithe bounding run, his leap and his reverse-swinging yorker. He also made himself into an allrounder worth a place for his batting alone, and captained Pakistan as well as anyone, rounding off his career with the 1992 World Cup. He played hardly any domestic cricket in Pakistan: instead he just flew in for home series from Worcestershire or Sussex, or rather from the more fashionable London salons. His averages (37 with the bat, 22 with the ball) put him at the top of the quartet of allrounders (Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee and Kapil Dev being the others) who dominated Test cricket in the 1980s. And whereas Botham declined steadily, Imran just got better and better: in his last 10 years of international cricket he played 51 Tests, averaging a sensational 50 with the bat and 19 with the ball. He gave no quarter during some memorable battles with West Indies - Pakistan drew three series with them at a time when everybody else was being bounced out of sight - and he led Pakistan to their first series victory in England in 1987, taking 10 for 77 with an imperious display in the decisive victory at Headingley. After retirement he remained a high-profile figure, with his marriage - and subsequent split with - the socialite Jemima Goldsmith and a move into the labyrinthine world of Pakistan politics.
Martin Williamson

Osman Samiuddin on Imran Khan

The original transformer

Imran was at the heart of shaping modern-day Pakistan cricket, and all we love about the team and their play can be traced back to him

Stats analysis

A giant among allrounders

At his peak, Imran the bowler was easily among the best in the world, while his skilful batting and inspirational captaincy made him the complete package

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Nov 19, 2020

Imran Khan with members of the Afghanistan cricket team and ACB officials, Kabul, November 19, 2020

Imran Khan with members of the Afghanistan cricket team and ACB officials

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Aug 17, 2018

Newly appointed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses lawmakers, August 17, 2018

Newly appointed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses lawmakers


Aug 17, 2018

Supporters of Imran Khan celebrate his election as Pakistan Prime Minister, August 17, 2018

Supporters of Imran Khan celebrate his election as Pakistan Prime Minister



Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1983
Played for New South Wales 1984-85