First time I couldn't sleep because of cricket
The night before my first Test match. I thought about batting with Hanif [Mohammad], one of the greatest, would be very challenging. If I don't do well, fingers will be pointed, I thought.
First piece of cricket advice I got
It was from my brother Mushtaq Mohammad. He said: Try to stay on the wicket and runs will come. Just concentrate to survive that particular ball.
First cricketing autograph
Dennis Compton's, in early '50s, when I was a child. He was in Karachi because his aircraft had to make an emergency landing due to some malfunction.
First time I lost my cool on the field
Against West Indies in the fourth Test of 1976-77 series - the batsman's snick was caught by our wicketkeeper Wasim Bari around second slip. Andy Roberts was the batsman. He didn't walk and the umpire also didn't raise a finger. I said a few words to Roberts. I told him, "This is blatant cheating".
First meeting with a cricket idol
Neil Harvey, during Pakistan's tour of Australia in 1972-73. Some people compared me with him because we were both both left-handers, and short and compact.

Ijaz Chaudhry writes on cricket and other sports. For more about him and samples of his published work, visit