Cricketer Imran Khan's Biography

Full Name : Imran Khan Niazi
Date Of Birth : November 25, 1952, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Current Age : 56 years 298 days
Major Teams : Pakistan, Dawood Club, Lahore, New South Wales, Oxford University, Pakistan International Airlines, Sussex, Worcestershire
Batting Style : Right-hand Bat
Bowling Style : Right-arm Fast

Career Batting and Fielding Figure :
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 88 126 25 3807 136 37.69 - - 6 18 55 28 0
ODIs 175 151 40 3709 102* 33.41 5105 72.65 1 19 - 36 0
First-class 382 582 99 17771 170 36.79 - - 30 93 - 117 0
List A 425 384 80 10100 114* 33.222 - - 5 - 66 84 0

Career Bowling Figure :

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 88 142 19458 8258 362 8/58 14/116 22.81 2.54 53.7 17 23 6
ODIs 175 153 7461 4844 182 6/14 6/14 26.61 3.89 40.9 3 1 0 First-class 382 - 65224 28726 1287 8/34 - 22.32 2.64 50.6 - 70 13
List A 425 - 19122 11312 507 6/14 6/14 22.31 3.54 37.7 12 6 0

Career statistics :
Test debut England v Pakistan at Birmingham, Jun 3-8, 1971
Last Test Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Faisalabad, Jan 2-7, 1992
ODI debut England v Pakistan at Nottingham, Aug 31, 1974
Last ODI England v Pakistan at Melbourne, Mar 25, 1992
First-class span 1969/70 – 1991/92
List A span 1973 – 1991/92

Cricket Biography
Imran Khan was born to Shaukat Khanum and Ikramullah Khan Niazi, a civil engineer, in Lahore. A quiet and shy boy in his youth, Imran Khan grew up in a middle-class family with four sisters.Settled in Punjab, Imran Khan's father descended from the Pashtun Niazi Shermankhel tribe of Mianwali. His maternal family includes successful cricketers such as Javed Burki and Majid Khan. Imran Khan was educated at Aitchison College, the Cathedral School in Lahore, and the Royal Grammar School Worcester in England, where he excelled at cricket. In 1972, he enrolled to study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Keble College, Oxford, where he graduated with a second-class degree in Politics and a third in Economics.

On 16 May 1995, Imran Khan married English socialite Jemima Goldsmith, a convert to Islam, in a two-minute Islamic ceremony in Paris. A month later, on 21 June, they were married again in a civil ceremony at the Richmond register office in England, followed by a reception at the Goldsmiths' house in Surrey. The marriage, described as "tough" by Imran Khan, produced two sons, Sulaiman Isa (born 18 November 1996) and Kasim (born 10 April 1999). As an agreement of his marriage, Khan spent four months a year in England. On 22 June 2004, it was announced that the Khans had divorced because it was "difficult for Jemima to adapt to life in Pakistan".
Imran Khan now resides in Bani Gala, Islamabad, where he built a farmhouse with the money he gained from selling his London flat. He grows fruit trees, wheat, and keeps cows, while also maintaining a cricket ground for his two sons, who visit during their holidays. Imran Khan is also reported to be in regular contact with Tyrian Jade Khan-White, his alleged daughter whom he has never publicly acknowledged.

Imran Khan made a lacklustre first-class cricket debut at the age of sixteen in Lahore. By the start of the 1970s, he was playing for his home teams of Lahore A (1969-70), Lahore B (1969-70), Lahore Greens (1970-71) and, eventually, Lahore (1970-71). Imran Khan was part of Oxford University's Blues Cricket team during the 1973-75 seasons. At Worcestershire, where he played county cricket from 1971 to 1976, he was regarded as only an average medium pace bowler. During this decade, other teams represented by Khan include Dawood Industries (1975-76) and Pakistan International Airlines (1975-76 to 1980-81). From 1983 to 1988, he played for Sussex. In 1971, Imran Khan made his Test cricket debut against England at Birmingham. Three years later, he debuted in the One Day International (ODI) match, once again playing against England at Nottingham for the Prudential Trophy. After graduating from Oxford and finishing his tenure at Worcestershire, he returned to Pakistan in 1976 and secured a permanent place on his native national team starting from the 1976-77 season, during which they faced New Zealand and Australia. Following the Australian series, he toured the West Indies, where he met Tony Greig, who signed him up for Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket. His credentials as one of the fastest bowlers of the world started to establish when he finished third at 139.7 km/h in a fast bowling contest at Perth in 1978, behind Jeff Thomson and Michael Holding, but ahead of Dennis Lillee, Garth Le Roux and Andy Roberts. Imran Khan also achieved a Test Cricket Bowling rating of 922 points against India on 30 January 1983. Highest at the time, the performance ranks third on ICC's All Time Test Bowling Rating.

Imran Khan achieved the all-rounder's triple (securing 3000 runs and 300 wickets) in 75 Tests, the second fastest record behind Ian Botham's 72. He is also established as having the second highest all-time batting average of 61.86 for a Test batsman playing at position 6 of the batting order. He played his last Test match for Pakistan in January 1992, against Sri Lanka at Faisalabad. Imran Khan retired permanently from cricket six months after his last ODI, the historic 1992 World Cup final against England at Melbourne, Australia. He ended his career with 88 Test matches, 126 innings and scored 3807 runs at an average of 37.69, including six centuries and 18 fifties. His highest score was 136 runs. As a bowler, he took 362 wickets in Test cricket, which made him the first Pakistani and world's fourth bowler to do so. In ODIs, he played 175 matches and scored 3709 runs at an average of 33.41. His highest score remains 102 not out. His best ODI bowling is documented at 6 wickets for 14 runs.

ICC International Cricket Batting Records

Most Runs in a Match :
GA Gooch (Eng.) made 456 runs in a test match 333 runs in 1st inning & 123 runs in 2nd inning against India at Lords in 26 Jul 1990.

Most Runs in a Series :
Sir DG Bradman (Aus.) made 974 runs in 5 test matches (7 innings), avg. 139.14 with 4 centuries (334 highest score) against England in 1990.

Most Runs in a Calendar Year :
Mohammad Yousuf (Pak) made 1788 runs in 11 matches (19 innings), avg. 99.33 (202 highest score) with 9 centuries & 3 fifties in 2006.

Most Runs in a Match on the Losing Side :
BC Lara (WI) made 351 runs (221 & 130 runs) in a lost test match against Sril Lanka in 29 Nov, 2001.

Most Runs in a Day :
Sir DG Bradman (Aus.) made 309 runs at first day of a test match.

Vettori's New Role As A National Selector Will Not Hurt Team : Kyle Mills

New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Mills doubts that skipper Daniel Vettori's new role as a national selector will harm his relationship with the players.

Vettori and head coach Andy Moles officially became members of the four-man selection panel on Tuesday after New Zealand Cricket (NZC) heeded the duo's desire for a more hands-on role in team selection.

Mills has already had the dreaded talk with Vettori and suggested the skipper's standing among the group would not create problems when the axe fell.

On the eve of the first Test against Australia in Brisbane last November, the fast bowler was told not only did he miss the team, but he was also being sent back to provincial cricket.

"I think that is the hardest thing as a captain. I've been given the word by Dan before on previous tours. In Australia, he came up and told me I'd been dropped from the test side so he's made those gutsy conversations," quoted Vettori, as saying.

"At the end of the day, I'd probably rather hear it from him than someone else I have played a lot of cricket with him from a young age, he's a mate of mine and we still go for a beer," he added.

Kyle Mills was also happy the tour finally had two selectors on board.

The NZC decision to appoint Vettori and Moles alongside convener Glenn Turner and Mark Greatbatch has been highly scrutinised since the announcement on August 23.

There were also fears about how the added responsibility would affect his workload and performance.

When he was appointed, Vettori admitted it could be difficult when he or Moles had to convey bad news.

ICC Seeks To Explore Cricket Specific WADA Code

The International Cricket Council will ask the World Anti-Doping Agency to consider a cricket-specific code for its controversial "whereabouts" rule, ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat told Indian media on Thursday.

The influential Indian Cricket Board rejected the WADA directive last month, backing its players' refusal to sign up over security and privacy issues.

The ICC became a WADA signatory in 2006 and world cricket's governing body last year unanimously approved out-of-competition tests on players in accordance with amendments made to the code.

The issue is yet to be resolved and will be discussed by the ICC board in October.

"We will ask them (WADA) for a Cricket Specific Code or a relaxation of the whereabouts clause," Lorgat told DNA newspaper.

"For the time being, we have referred the issue to our executive board. We will take the matter from there. The issues need discussion with a broader range of peoples. The code cannot be country specific."

Asif Should Be Given Time to Return to Form: Younis Khan

Karachi, Aug 31 (IANS) Pakistan cricket captain Younis Khan Monday said fast bowler Mohammad Asif, making a comeback after a year-long doping ban, should be given some time to return to form and not burdened with unrealistic expectations.

'He has not played any international level cricket for the last 1.6 year and to expect him to start delivering right away would be a bit unfair,' said Younis.

'It would be better if Mohammad Asif is left alone and given some time to regain his rhythm.'

Asif, 26, was included in Pakistan's 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy in South Africa, despite the fact that he is still serving the ban.

Asif's ban ends Sep 22, the same day the ICC Champions Trophy gets underway in South Africa.

Pakistan's coach Intikhab Alam welcomed the return of the talented fast bowler, saying that he would add a lot of firepower to the team's pace battery.

However, Asif's inclusion has been criticized by several other experts like former pacer Sarfaraz Nawaz and ex-Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas, who believe that he may be too rusty for an international comeback during the Champions Trophy.

Younis, meanwhile, said Pakistan has other reliable fast bowlers to do the job in South Africa.

'We have Umar Gul, who is a world class fast bowler. Then there is the experienced Rana Naved and Rao Iftikhar Anjum, who bowled really well in Sri Lanka. And there is young Mohammad Aamer, who is steadily improving.'

Cricket Terminologies

PINCH HITTER :- In cricket, pinch hitter is the usual term for a batsman (not a substitute, unlike in baseball) promoted up the batting order in order to score quick runs.

APPEAL :- In the sport of cricket, an appeal is the act of a player on the fielding team asking an umpire for a decision regarding whether a batsman is out or not. According to the Laws of Cricket, an umpire may not rule a batsman out unless the fielding side appeals.

BEAMER :- In the terminology of the game of cricket, a beamer (less commonly beam ball) is a type of delivery in which the ball (bowled at a fast pace), without bouncing, passes above the batsman's waist height.

YORKER :- A bowling delivery that generally passes under the bat near a batsman's toes. Also known as a sandshoe crusher.

LEG BREAK :- A delivery from a spin bowler, which turns off the surface of the wicket from the leg side to the off side.

NIGHT WATCHMAN :- A batsman who is generally a tail-ender and comes in towards the end of the day's play in order to protect better batsmen.

CHINAMAN BALL :- A delivery by a left arm spinner, which to a right hand batsman appears as if it will spin from off to leg but it spins in the opposite direction. The delivery was devised by a West Indian player of Chinese Descent, hence the name.

CHUCKER :- A bowler, who the umpire has determined, does not deliver the ball in a legal manner.

GOLDEN DUCK :- A term that is used when a batsman is dismissed by the very first ball he faces without scoring.

BOWL OUT :- A bowl-out (sometimes termed a bowl-off) is used in various forms of limited overs cricket to decide a match that would otherwise end in a tie. The procedure is similar to a penalty shootout in association football. Five bowlers from each side deliver one ball each at an unguarded wicket. If each team has hit the same number of wickets after the first five balls per side, the bowling continues and is decided by sudden death.

DOOSRA :- The bowler delivers the ball with the same finger action as a normal off break but cocks the wrist so that the back of the hand faces the batsman. This gives the ball spin in the opposite direction to that for an off break, causing it to spin from the leg side to the off side to a right-handed batsman.

FOLLOW ON :- Follow-on is a term used in the sport of cricket to describe a situation where the team that bats second is forced to take its second batting innings immediately after its first, because the team was not able to get close enough (within 200 runs for a five-day match) to the score achieved by the first team batting in the first inning.

MENTAL DISINTEGRATION :- The term is believed to have been first used by Australian Captain Steve Waugh, to describe the art of sledging.

SLEDGE :- To use either abusive or offensive words againstan opponent. The Aussies refer to this practice as "MENTAL DISINTEGRATION". The term sledge was a shortened term taken from the Australian saying "As Subtle As A Sledgehammer".

STREAKER :- A slang used to describe a person runs across the cricket field naked.

WALK :- Generally used by a batsman to indicate his acceptance of a dismissal without waiting for the decision of an umpire. The physical act of walking away from the stumps was once the usual practice, but is now very uncommon.

FLIPPER :- A delivery used by a leg spin bowler, which appears to the batsman in a flatter and faster delivery than the normal leg spin delivery. Australia's Richie Benaud devised this delivery.

FRENCH CUT :- An attempt at a cut, shot or drive that hits the bottom or inside edge of the bat and goes into the area behind square leg.

GARDENING :- The term is used when a batsman pats down with the tip of his bat either loose areas of pitch or pieces of the playing surface that have come apart.

:- A batting stroke, which is anything other than standard or copybook.

ARTIFICIAL PITCH :- A pitch with a surface made from conrete, covered with matting or constructed from synthetic truf. Regulation pitches are produced from rolled turf.

BACK UP :- Refers to the batsman at the bowling end who leaves his crease after the bowler has released the ball in prepartion fro making a run.

BAGGY GREEN :- The name given to the cap worn by the Australian players. It refers to the baggy, oversized appearance of the cap.

BUMP BALL :- A ball that cannons into the ground immediately after leaving the bat. To the fieldsmen and spectators, It appear to have come directly of the bat.

CRUMBLE :- It refers to the state of the pitch, usually late in a game after experiencing considerable wear. A spin bowler often favours a crumbling pitch as it will allow the ball more bite and turn.

DIG :- The act of a batsman ensuring he remains at the crease for a long period, rather than attack and risk his wicket by attempting to score frequent runs.

FEATHER :- A very faint edge of a ball by the batsman, AKA a "SNICK".

GRUBBER :- A bowling delivery that stays very low after leaving the surface of the pitch.

JAFFER :- A slang used to describe a delivery bowled so well by the bowler that it is unplayable.

PICK :- In batting, it refers to the ability of the batsman to observe the type of delivery being bowled by a bowler. In bowling, it bowling, it refers to a method adopted by bowlers to lift the seam of a cricket ball to gain an unfair advantage (Cheat).

PIE THROWER :- A slang used to describe a bowler of poor quality.

Recognize These Cricketers (Cricket Questioning)

I was born on October 30, 1962. I am a right hand batsman and right hand fast bowler. I'M the record holder for the maximum Ducks (Zeros) in Test Cricket (25 Times).
Ans - Courtney Walsh

I was born on July 27, 1955 in Sydney, New South Wales. I was the first batsman to score 11,000 runs in Test. My Autobiography is titled "Beyond Ten Thousand: My Life Story" and I was named one of the Wsden Cricketers of the Year in 1982.
Ans - Allan Border

I was born on February 8, 1970 at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh in India. I am the only batsman who has hit centuries in each of my first three test matches including my debut test and was named Wisden Cricketers of The Year in 1991.
Ans - Mohammed Azharuddin

I was born on January 6, 1959 at Chandigarh, India. I am an All Rounder. I am the second bowler ever to take 400 wickets, in Test Cricket. I was the Wisden Cricketer of the year 1983.
Ans - Kapil Dev

I was born on August 7, 1948, at Unley, Adelaide, south Australia. I scored century in my Debut Test, My debut as Australian Captain and my last Test Match.
Ans - Greg Chappell

I was born on March 1, 1980 in Mardan, Khyber Agency, Pakistan. My extremely aggressive batting style has ensured that I have a strike rate higher than most batsman in the World. Also, I hold the record for scoring the fastest century (Which I scored of 37 balls) in ODI.
Ans - Shahid Afridi

I was born on September 13, 1969 in Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia. With the mastery over leg spin, I became the first bowler in history to take 600 Test Wickets. My ball is also called "Best Ball of The Century".
Ans - Shane Warne

I was born on November 24, 1955 in Heswall, Cheshire. I was the first to score a century and take 10 wickets in the same Test Match. When I retired, I held the world record for the greatest number of Test Wickets.
Ans - Ian Botham

I wan born on November 25, 1952 in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. I was a fast bowler who retired soon after captaining my team to a World Cup win. I was Wisden Cricketer of The Year 1983.
Ans - Imran Khan

I was born on September 15, 1971 in Christchurch. I am an attacking batsman who likes toplay batting shots such as the cover drive and the pull shot. Ihave also scored the World's fastest double century in terms of balls faced.
Ans - Nathan Astle

I was born on November 8, 1976 in Wollongong, New South Wales. At the 2003 World Cup, I took a ferocious Hat-Trick against Kenya. I was selected as the 2000 Bradman Young Cricketer of the year. I am also part of a musical band, Six & Out.
Ans - Brett Lee

I was born on June 2, 1965 in Cantebury, New South Wales. I am a former captain and the most experienced test cricketer in history, making 168 appearances.
Ans - Steve Waugh

I was born at St. John's, Antigua on March 7, 1952. I am an extremely attacking right hand batsman, I am the only player to have taken five wickets in a One Day Innings and score a hundred. I have also played for the Antiguan National Football Team. I was selected as one of the Five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, 2000.
Ans - Viv Richards

I was born on July 18, 1949 in Subiaco, Western Australia. I am a fast bowler, and am also regarded as the "Complete Bowler". I was named in Australia's Test Team of the Century and the Hall of Fame. I now have a great reputation as a Fast Bowler Coach.
Ans - Dennis Lillee

I was born on August 31, 1944 in Georgetown, Guyana. I was a powerful middle order batsman and an occasional medium pace bowler. During my captaincy, the side had a run of 26 Matches without defeat, which included 11 wins in succession.
Ans - Clive Llyod

Intresting World Records

Sunil Gavaskar never had dismissal throughout Hit Wicket in his test career. He always knew where his feet were.

Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe holds the records for being involved in the shortest complete match in account the total number of balls bowled.

Kapil Dev's first ODI victim was Imran Khan at Quetta in Pakistan.

Brain Lara is the only captain to have scored two double hundreds 202 and 400 Not Out.

Irfan Pathan is the only bowler in the world to have taken a Hat-Trick in the first over of a Test Match.

In the 1974-75 series against the West Indies, off spinner Venkataraghavan was the captain in the Delhi Test. In the next test at Calcutta he was the 12the man of Indian Cricket Team.

Wasim Akram has the unique distinction of taking two test Hat-Tricks and two ODI Hat-Tricks, making four International Hat-Tricks in all, the most by any cricketers.

Andy Ganteaume of West Indies scored a hundred on debut test but never get a chance to play another test.

Alec Stewart has been warne's victim during his 150th, 250th and 400 Test Wickets.

Australia is the only team which scored 500 and more runs in an inning in Test Match more than 100 Times.

1979 World Cup is the only cup where not a single team scored 300 runs.
Srinivas Venkataraghavan who led India in the first two world cups, finished his world cup career with 0 Wickets in 6 Matches.