Pakistan are perhaps the only country in the entire cricketing history which have always been blessed with some truly classical, ferocious and naturally talented fast bowlers. One of the top bowlers in that long list is the tall Sarfraz Nawaz who was famously known for his reverse swing. He was the first one to achieve proficiency in this art and set this trend of reverse swing in Pakistan cricket and the rest of the world.
Today this former Pakistan great is celebrating his 67th birthday which is why this is the opportune moment to take a look back at his wonderful career.
Sarfraz made his debut for Pakistan versus England in 1969 but was unable to pick up a wicket but the best was yet to come. His most famous spell came against Australia at the MCG when he wrecked the strong Australian batting lineup, including Allan Border and Kim Highes, in a spell where he took 7 wickets and conceding just a single run. At one stage Australia were cruising towards the target of 382 and were 3/305 but the spell from Sarfraz meant that they were bundled out for 310 and Pakistan wrapped up a famous win.
He took 177 wickets in 55 test matches and 63 wickets in 45 ODIs for Pakistan. Sarfraz was also useful in the lower order because he made few valuable contributions with the bat including 4 fifties and a highest score of 90 runs vs England at Lahore.
He was third Pakistan player who achieved the milestone of taking 100 wickets and also scored 1000 runs in test matches.
Sarfraz Nawaz currently serves as an outspoken cricket analyst and his opinion on the game is closely followed by cricket followers.