Imran Nazir, who was born today was a naturally gifted Pakistan cricketer and a immensely talented Pakistan opener. He played few wonderful knocks for Pakistan during a inconsistent career and his pairing with Shahid Afridi at the top of the order was a famous one.
Imran made his debut for Pakistan, in test matches, against Sri Lanka at Lahore. Although he scored 2 hundreds and a fifty in 8 test matches for Pakistan but his real source of fame was the shorter formats of the game.
The 160 run knock versus Zimbabwe in the 2007 World Cup was one of his best knock in ODI format and this is also the second highest innings in ODI matches for Pakistan after Saeed Anwar’s 194 versus India. Imran was a explosive batsman and he could blow away any bowling lineup through his attacking batting and quick hand and eye coordination. He was particularly strong off the back foot and his punches through the off side were a pleasant sight for any cricketing fan.
His 59 run knock in the first semi final of the inaugural ICC World T20 paved Pakistan’s way to the final. His innings included three fours and five sixes and he tackled the likes of Shane Bond and Daniel Vettori efficiently and neutralized any threat that they posed.
His track record in all formats may not be a sparkling one but no one can deny the skill and abilities Imran possessed in his armory.