Dream big and start now because it’s a fact that: “Every PRO was once an ARMATURE. Every EXPERT was once a BEGINNER.” International Cricket Council hall of fame started in the year 2009 in Dubai. International Cricket Council hall of fame accepts the revolutionary and legendary efforts made by the greatest cricketers of all time around the world. ICC hall of fame has a total of Eighty Four cricketers for all over the world.
There is highest number of English players in ICC cricket hall of fame more than any other country followed by Australia and West Indies. Pakistan has five legendary cricketers in the International Cricket Council hall of fame from a span of 1952 up till now which includes Imran Khan, Javed Maindad, Hanif Mohammad, Wasim Akram and last but not the least Waqar Younis. Other country like India has the same number of players in ICC Cricket hall of fame while South Africa and New Zealand has comparatively less number of players in ICC cricket hall of fame. Sirlanka has only one player in the list of those legendary cricketers.
If we particularly talk about Pakistani players Imran Khan is the finest and ever greatest player Pakistan has ever produced. Imran Khan is that cricketer under whose Captaincy Pakistan has won the first and the only ICC ODI World Cup in Australia by defeating England in 1992. Imran Khan started his Test career in June, 1971 by playing against England at Birmingham. Imran Khan was one of the best al-rounder of his time. IK played Eighty Eight Test matches with One hundred and twenty six innings with an average of roundabout 37 runs per innings. Imran Khan highest score was One hundred and thirty six. Imran scored 6 hundreds and a total of Eighteen half centuries. IK played one hundred and seventy five One Day International matches with an average of 33.41 with the bat. He did his ODI Debut against England in August, 1974 at Nottingham. His highest score in ODI with the bat is one hundred and two (not out). If you talk about his bowling stats in Tests and ODI matches there as fabulous as that of batting stats in both the formats. He took Three hundred and sixty two wickets in the Test matches while One hundred and eighty two in the ODI matches. Under Imran Khan’s captaincy Pakistan has won many Test as well as ODI series. He is the most successful Captain in the history of Pakistan Cricket.
Javed Maindad was one of the greatest batsman emerged from Pakistan. Javed Maindad is still remembered for his victorious last ball six to Chetan Sharma against India in Sharjah. Javed Maindad started his Test career in October, 1976 by playing against New Zealand at Lahore. Javed Maindad played One hundred and twenty four Test matches with One hundred and eighty nine innings with an average of 52.75 runs per innings. Javed Maindad highest score was Two hundred and eighty (not out). He scored Twenty three hundreds and a total of Forty three half centuries. Javed played Two hundred and thirty three One Day International matches with an average of 41.47 with the bat. Javed did his ODI Debut against West Indies in June, 1975 at Birmingham. His highest score in ODI with the bat is one hundred and nineteen (not out). He also served Pakistan as a captain in both Tests and ODI matches.
Hanif Mohammad the “Little Master” of Pakistan Cricket is the first star who played the longest test innings against West Indies at Bridgetown and made an unbroken World record. He played an innings of Nine hundred and seventy minutes. In that innings he scored Three hundred and thirty seven runs. Hanif Muhammad started his Test career in October, 1952 by playing against India at Delhi. He was one of greatest batsman in the history of World Cricket. Hanif Mohammad played Fifty five Test matches with Ninety seven innings with an average of 43.98 runs per innings. Mohammad highest score was Three hundred and thirty seven. Hanif scored Twelve hundreds and a total of Fifteen half centuries. He played his last Test match in October, 1969 against New Zealand at Karachi. He will remain forever in the hearts of Cricket fans.
Wasim Akram, the Sultan of Swing and the King of Seam is the brightest and the legendary cricket the Pakistan and World Cricket will ever see in next few decades. He reached the 500-wicket landmark in ODI’s in the 2003 World Cup. Wasim Akram started his Test career in January, 1985 by playing against New Zealand at Auckland. He played One hundred and four Test matches with an economy of 2.59 with the ball. He took Four hundred and fourteen Test wickets. Wasim played Three hundred and fifty six ODI matches and registered Five hundred and two wickets. Akram played his first ever ODI match against New Zealand at Faisalabad in November, 1984. He is naturally talented and has very aggressive speed and style. He was one of the most successful captains after Imran Khan.
The last man representing Pakistan in ICC Cricket hall of fame is Waqar Younis. Waqar Younis is one of the biggest name in the Cricket World. He has a spicy recipe of bouncers. He was a master in reverse swing. Waqar Younis started his Test career in November, 1989 by playing against India at Karachi. Waqar Younis played Eighty seven Test matches with an economy of 3.25 with the ball. He dismissed Three hundred and seventy three batsmen in Test matches. Waqar Younis played Two hundred and sixty two ODI matches and registered Four hundred and sixteen wickets. He made his first appearance in ODI’s against West Indies at Sharjah in October, 1989. He also captained Pakistan in Tests and ODI’s.
Pakistan Cricket has always given gems to the World Cricket. Pakistan has always produced world class cricketers in every format. Long Live Pakistan.