Currently one of the most loved and followed political figure of Pakistan, Imran khan was once a great sportsman. He was known for his innate talent for cricket. Pakistan has time and again come up with amazing and outstanding cricketers, but no one had skills equal to Khans. He was a force not to be reckoned with. Besides being respected in the cricket world, he was very famous among general audience. People were in awe of his skills with not only the bat but also the ball. He was the one who lead Pakistan to the victory of 1992s’ world cup. Under his captaincy, the team won the world cup and emerged as a force not to be reckoned with.
Imran Khan is the only son of Ikramullah Khan Niazi and Shaukat Khanum. He was born in Mianwall, Punjab. His mother belonged to the Pashtun tribe which is responsible for producing some of the world’s best crickets in Pakistani history. He was shy boy, however cricket was always his top priority. He did his schooling in Aitchison College Lahore later on, he went to Royal Grammar School Worcesterin England and then did his graduation from Oxford University. In 1995, he married Jemima Goldsmith however the marriage ended after 19 years. Khan and his wife had two sons, Kasim and Sulaiman Isa.
Khan’s first class cricket debut was at the age of 16. He started playing for Team Lahore A in 1969-70 and then for Lahore B in 1969 to 1970. Khan was also part of the University of Oxford’s cricket club. He played country cricket for Worcestershire and was considered to be an average medium pace bowler. Other teams that khan represented were Sussex, Pakistan International Airlines and Dawood industries.
The first Test match Khan played was in 1971 against England. He wasn’t introduced to the One Day International format of the game for about 3 years. His first ODI was against England at Nottingham. On his return from Oxford, he secured his place in the national team of Pakistan from 1976-77. In 1978, Khan was considered to be the world’s fastest bowler after he finished 3rd at 139.7 km/h in a bowling contest at Perth. His last test match was against Sri Lanka on 2nd January 1992. His first ODI was on 31st August in 1974 against England and his last One Day international was against England on 25th March 1992.
During his Test career, khan played 88 matches and scored 3807 runs. He had a batting average of 36.66 and top score 136. He made six centuries and 18 half centuries throughout his test career. He bowled 19458 bowls and took 362 wickets. With a bowling average of 22.81 and bowling best of 8/58, Khan was a force not to be reckoned with. 23 times he managed to take 5 wickets in an innings and 6 times he took 10 wickets in an innings. In his ODI carreer, he played 175 matches, scored 3709 runs and took 182 wickets. He made one century and 19 half centuries with the best score of 102. He bowled 7461 balls with an average of 26.61 and bowling best of 6/14.