Today marks the day when a Pakistani cricketing legend – Saeed Anwar – was born.
Pakistan neither has nor will have another like the great Saeed Anwar. Acknowledged by several legendary bowlers as one of the most difficult batsmen to bowl to, he was a nightmare for the opposition.
Once he got going there was nothing that could stop him. Perfect placement and wrist-work were his hallmarks along with his glorious drives through the cover region.
An Impressive Debut
He debuted under the leadership of another Pakistani great — Imran Khan. Saeed Anwar made an impression very early on. Featuring in just his third ever Test match, Anwar scored 169-runs which cemented his position in the Pakistani test side.
Overall, Anwar represented Pakistan in international cricket between 1989 and 2003. He managed to score 20 centuries in ODIs. In his 55 test matches, he scored 4052 runs with 11 centuries, average 45.52. Whereas in limited over cricket, he made 247 appearances and made 8824 runs at an average of 39.21.
In contrast to the modern cricketers, Saeed always relied on his natural game; attack the opposition and put them under pressure. His unique talent not only gained him huge success in the one-days but also five-day test cricket.
His Stupendous 194 Runs Against India in an ODI
The stylish left handed batsman had many records to his name including the record of highest individual ODI score against the arch rivals India, which is arguably his most famous knock ever.
This stylish left handed batsman participated in 3 World Cups for Pakistan.
Saeed Anwar captained Pakistan in 7 tests and 11 ODIs. He is the seventh-highest run scorer for Pakistan in Test cricket, and scored 11 centuries and 25 half-centuries during his international career. Anwar averaged more than 40 against three of the four nations – South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and England – which have been most difficult for Asian batsmen on the hard bouncing tracks of these countries.
His Fielding was Awesome To Watch
Batting aside, Saeed was also a very agile fielder. He was often utilized in most crucial positions where he lived up to his reputation more often than not. Here are some of the best highlights:
Other Records and Achievements
- Saeed Anwar has opened in 32 ODI innings with Aamir Sohail for Pakistan, in 1994–95, the most consecutive by a Pakistani opening pair and fourth overall.
- The third Pakistan batsman after Nazar Mohammed and Mudassar Nazar to carry his bat in a test innings. He scored unbeaten 188 runs in the match and Pakistan won the match by 46 runs. it was also the highest Test score by a Pakistani on Indian soil which was surpassed by Younis Khan in 2005.
- Anwar (194) and Charles Coventry (194*) shared the record for highest individual score in an ODI match until it was overtaken by India’s Sachin Tendulkar (200*) against South Africa on 24 February 2010.
- Anwar scored two or more successive hundreds on four occasions, and made 20 hundreds in One Day Internationals as a Pakistani opening batsman.
- In 1997, when he was as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
- He has the highest Test batting average (59.06) of any Pakistani against Australia