With a fitting style of a left-arm batsman and a class of an opening batsman, Pakistan great Saeed Anwar was born on this very day in 1968.
Anwar is majorly remembered for his swashbuckling innings of 194 which was a then world record of the highest individual for any batsman in ODI cricket history.
He achieved the feat back in 1996 in Chennai where Pakistan were playing India in Pepsi Independence Cup where the hosts fell short by 35 runs despite a hundred from Rahul Dravid’s willow.
This was not all as the left-hand batsman’s career was surely something to watch out for.
Capping in 55 games in the longest format for Pakistan, Anwar averaged impressive 45.52 while donning the green jersey he was clinical in scoring runs at 39.21 per match.
He was a man of big occasions or rather it would be justified to say that he knew how to make certain occasions big for himself.
His first Test ton, for instance, was 169 against New Zealand in Wellington in 1993-94. He also belted 176 against England at The Oval in 1996, as well as an unbeaten 188, his highest Test score, in Calcutta in 1998-99. But it’s Anwar’s style and speed of scoring that will stay in the memory: according to theAlmanack, his runs at Lord’s in 1996 “typified the uninhibitedness of modern Pakistani batting”.