Monday, October 8, 2007

Inzamam's Last Test

Since this is Inzi's last test, I thought I'd share some of his more interesting stats. Since he's done with ODIs, I'll start with that. Everyone knows that he's played the highest number of ODIs (378) and scored the highest number of ODI runs (11,739) for a Pakistani player, both if which are also the 3rd most in the world behind Sachin and Jayasuriya. However, other ineresting and lesser know facts are:

As an 18 year old, Inzamam was invited to the Gaddafi Stadium nets by Imran Khan during a Pakistan team net session in preparation for the WI tour of Pak in November 1991. Inzi batted in the nets and flayed all the bowlers to all parts of the ground and hit all of them into the stands as well. The bowlers bowling to the 18 year old were: Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Aaqib Javed, Mushtaq Ahmed.

Inzi made his debut against WI in Nov 91. Batting at 3, he scored 20 before being bowled by Maclom Marshall. That match ended in a tie.

In his next 5 ODI innings - 1 against WI, and 4 against SL - Inzi opened the innings with Rameez Raja and his scores were 60, 48, 60, 101, and 117. (I wonder why they never stuck with him as opener)
In his 2nd ODI against WI, he bowled 3 overs of left arm medium pace and also took the wicket of another new player in the international scene, Brian Lara.

After his first 5 ODIs, he was selected in the Pakistan team for the 1992 world cup. That world cup was also the first for Sachin, Lara, and Jayasuriya.

Out of his 10 centuries in ODIs, all except the last 2 against India in 2004 have come in winning causes.
Inzi's 83 half centuries was a world record till Sachin Tendulkar scored his 84th against England last month. Today, Sachin scored his 85th against Australia. Inzamam stands 2nd in the all time list.

His highest ODI score is 137* scored against NZ in Sharjah in the semi final of the AustralAsia Cup in 1994.

He shared a 263 run 2nd wicket partnership with Aamer Sohail during his innings of 137*. At that time that was a world record for the highest partnership for any wicket in ODIs. Since then, this record has been broken several times, but it remains a Pakistani Record and the 2nd highest partnership ever for the 2nd wicket after Sachin and Dravids 331 against New Zealand as well.

His 144 6's on ODIs is the 6th highest in the world and 2nd highest for a Pakistani batsman after Shahid Afridi. His 969 4's is also the 6th highest in the world, and the highest for any Pakistani batsman.

Inzamam has held 113 catches in ODIs, which is the highest for a Pakistani player, however the 13th in the list for all players.

He played 86 ODIs as captain, the 3rd most for a Pakistan captain after Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. He won 51 ODIs as captain, the 3rd highest number after Imran Khan and Wasim Akram. His success ratio as an ODI captain is the same as Wasim Akram's and better than Imran Khan's.

If anyone has any other interesting facts / stats - please share.

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    Inzi is the best!!!

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