OThe loss of a human being may be the benefit of another human being but cricket has proved this idiom wrong. For here, we have seen that the advantage of one cricketer is due to the ‘big’ advantage of another cricketer and it is forgotten. Everyone remembers Fakhr Zaman’s double century in ODIs but no other batsman remembers who also scored a ‘single’ century. It was the same in Abid Ali’s first ODI century as he knocked out three more figures from another batsman. Let’s take a look at five incidents in the last 30 years when a person’s best thing was not good enough to be remembered and celebrated.
Saleem Malik’s fast fire fifty in Nehru Cup final
Before he was known as Shady Saleem, Saleem Malik was considered the second best batsman in Pakistan after Javed Miandad. Who can forget his daring knock in Kolkata during India’s India tour in 1987 where he blew up the World Champions in all parts of the world! His knock against another world champion in India was impressive, but not so much celebrated. An innings of 71 for 62 was played in 1988 in the final of the Nehru Cup against the West Indies by Viv Richards. In the pursuit of 274 runs to win the trophy, Pakistan was bowled out for 133 for the loss of 4 wickets, only Ijaz Ahmed showed some resistance with 56 runs. Saleem Malik reached the crease and made a quick fire 71 runs which included six fours and a six which took Pakistan’s score to 226 in no time. During this 93-run partnership with captain Imran Khan, he remained an important partner. However, Imran led Pakistan to the final with an unbeaten 55 off 75 balls, and when Wasim Akram hit a controversial ball with a six off Wasim Richards, it became Imran Wasim’s co-operation. Most cricket fans today do not even know that a historic victory would not have been possible without Saleem Malik’s knock.
Zahid Fazal Missed it so much!
He has never managed to score a century at the international level and the nearest Zahid Fazl defeated him in the Sharjah Cup final against India in 1991. After batting first, Pakistan managed to score 262 runs for the loss of six wickets. Thanks to the 98 retired injury of Zahid Fazal, 119 deliveries were made on the scoreboard. His innings was aided by eight fours and a six and if he had not returned in 194/2 due to pain, he might have become one of the few Pakistanis to score a century in the ODI final against India. However, Aqib Javed took seven wickets for 37 runs in the second innings, including a hat-trick, at the then world record. went. Within four years
Saeed Anwar’s century against Sri Lanka in the four-nation tournament in Kenya
He replaced Mushtaq Ahmed as a league spinner and became an overnight superstar thanks to his revealing batting. Shahid Afridi scored a century off 37 balls against world champions Sri Lanka in the sixth match of the four-nation tournament in Kenya. To qualify for the final, the Green Shirts had to put up a huge total on the board, and thanks to Afridi’s 102, Pakistan managed to score 371 for nine in 50 overs. The other person who managed to score a century along with Afridi was Saeed Anwar who was leading the team in the absence of Aram Wasim Akram. The left-hander scored 115 runs off 120 balls, hit 13 fours and a six and then led his team to the final but what everyone else remembers are 6 fours and 11 sixes that Afridi hit!
Imam-ul-Haq’s world record opening stand with Fakhr Zaman
No Pakistani cricketer managed to score a double century in ODIs until Fakhr Zaman did so in 2018 during Pakistan’s tour of Zimbabwe. He scored 210 runs for the loss of 156 runs, including 24 fours and five sixes. In his quest for a job that no Pakistani had done before, he was fully supported by Imam-ul-Haq, with whom he started the then world record by scoring 304 runs. Inzamam-ul-Haq’s nephew also finished the match with 113 runs but no one remembers it. However, you don’t get a double centurion in a daily ODI!
Muhammad Rizwan’s century against Australia
Most wicketkeepers in ODIs have not scored a century for Pakistan, and that is why Muhammad Rizwan’s century in the fourth ODI against Australia in 2019 is more important. Pursuing 278 to record their first win of the series, Pakistan scored 271 and lost the match by 6 runs but at a time when Mohammad Rizwan was batting, it seemed that victory was within Pakistan’s reach. He scored 104 runs at 102 runs with the help of 9 fours and a six, but people remembered this match of Abid Ali’s first ODI. The debutants were able to score 112 runs off 119 balls and kept the innings steady till they were dismissed in the 42nd over and it became a thrill overnight, it dampened Rizwan’s efforts. Next Week – Influenced and Forgotten – Part Two
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