The saying goes that the only predictable thing about the Pakistan Cricket Team, is that they’re absolutely unpredictable. The ‘boys’ have brought much laughter and tears to the nation, probably causing many a stroke brought on by immense joy or dismal dashing of hopes, but all in all, there’s never a dull moment as we all perpetually sit on the edge of our seats, praying for that last minute ‘chukka’. Here’s some interesting facts about the team we ‘hate to love’, but can’t help loving.
- Shoaib Malik and Abdur Razzaq the Jack of all Trades
Shoaib Malik and Abdur Razzaq are among only four players in international cricket who have played on all ten batting positions on the team. No wonder they never seem to know whether they’re coming or going! The other two are Lance Klusener and Hashan Tillakaratne.
2. Shahid bhai’s fastest century ever
‘Boom Boom’ Afridi’s fastest century in ODI’s was flicked off a borrowed bat. The proud owner of the lucky bat was Waqar Younis. Afridi’s record remained unbeaten for a decade.
3. Wasim better than the rest, even better than ‘the best’
Wasim Akram, acknowledged as one of the finest bowlers in cricketing history, has a higher Test inning score than the greatest batsman ever, Sachin Tendulkar. Wasim’s top score is 257, compared to 248 runs by India’s batting legend.
4. The Rawalpindi Express was a Bullet Train
‘Rawalpindi Express’ Shoaib Akhtar handed Sachin Tendulkar a golden duck the first time the two came face to face. Both players will remember that late reverse swing delivery for a long time to come.
5. Sab ki jaan Imran Khan
In 1989, Imran Khan reached a career record of 1000 runs, playing against India. There was jubilation in the opponents’ camp too, because in the same series Kapil Dev also got to the 1000 run tally.
6. There’s so much more to Inzamam than just his bat
Inzamam Ul Haq is remembered as a master batsman, but not only has he bowled in international cricket, he can also boast of taking a wicket on his first delivery.
7. Selfie King Ahmed Shehzad
When it comes to records, let’s not forget Ahmed Shehzad. Fans vouch that Shehzad holds the record for taking more selfies than any other cricketer in history. More power to you, Shehzad — how about some action on the crease too??
Go on boys, as Jawad Ahmed put it perfectly — “Tum jeeto ya haaro, sunno, humain tum se pyaar hai”.