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Imran Khan
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Imran Khan

Pakistan|Allrounder
Imran Khan

INTL CAREER: 1971 - 1992

Full Name

Imran Khan Niazi

Born

October 05, 1952, Lahore, Punjab

Age

68y 358d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast

Playing Role

Allrounder

relations

(cousin),

(cousin)

Other

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TEAMS

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.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s6sCtSt
Test8812625380713637.6961855280
ODI175151403709102*33.41510572.65119360
FC382582991777117036.7930931170
List A4253848010100114*33.22566840
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test881421945882583628/5814/11622.812.5453.7017236
ODI175153746148441826/146/1426.613.8940.90310
FC382652242872612878/3422.322.6450.607013
List A42519122113125076/146/1422.313.5437.701260
Imran Khan Niazi
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Photos


Imran Khan speaks during a press conference
Imran Khan with members of the Afghanistan cricket team and ACB officials
Supporters of Imran Khan celebrate his election as Pakistan Prime Minister
Newly appointed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan addresses lawmakers
Former cricketers Wasim Akram, Imran Khan, Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan were felicitated ahead of the game
Imran Khan with his new wife Reham at their wedding ceremony