Ultimate Test XI Profile: Imran Khan

By May 08, 2020

Arguably, the finest cricketer Pakistan has produced, Imran Khan, known for his searing pace and prodigious swing, made himself into an all-rounder worth a place for his batting alone.

His averages - 37 with the bat, 22 with the ball - put him at the top of the quartet of all-rounders (Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee and Kapil Dev being the others) who dominated Test cricket in the 1980s.

Moreover, 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 Headingly.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Imran Khan Niazi

Born: October 5, 1952, Lahore, Punjab

Major teams: Pakistan, Dawood Club, Lahore, New South Wales, Oxford University, Pakistan International Airlines, Sussex, Worcestershire

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting: style Right-hand bat

Bowling: style Right-arm fast

 

Test Career (Batting) - Pakistan (1971-1992)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs      HS      Ave    100s       50s     

88      126     25      3807   136     37.69         6          18        

 

Test Career (Bowling) - Pakistan (1971-1992)

Mat    Inns    Balls     Runs   Wkts     BBI     BBM     Ave      Econ     4w  5w  10w

88       142     19458    8258    362     8/58    14/116   22.81    2.54      17    23   6  

 

Career highlights

  • Widely regarded as Pakistan’s greatest ever cricketer
  • Amassed 3807 runs at 37.69
  • Took 362 wickets at 22.81
  • 1 of 9 players to score over 3000 runs and take over 300 wickets
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