Cricket Bizarre (Part 2) : Hard-to-Predict Pakistan and their Uncanny Records

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We have come back with our second edition of Cricket Bizarre series. Last time, we discussed about Misbah-ul-Haq and his unique one-day international record and this one is all about Pakistan.

“The hard thing about Pakistan is that they throw up these cricketers you’ve never seen before”, former Australian captain Steve Waugh said this only a month ago. This is exactly what the Pakistan cricket is. They always had the uncanny ability to surprise the world; be it a 37-ball-century from a debutant or a 43-run-innings from the whole team. In this part of our Cricket Bizarre series, we dig into the history and pick three amazing records that are currently held by three Pakistani cricketers and can never be broken in future.

Khalid Hasan : Youngest one-cap wonder

Aged just 16 years 352 days, Khalid Hasan made his Test debut for Pakistan against England at Trent Bridge. At the time Hasan was the youngest Test cricketer, but he has since been left behind by a series of younger men. As of now, Hasan is the tenth in that list behind Five players from Pakistan including Hasan Raza who heads the list, three from Bangladesh and a certain Sachin Tendulkar from out-of-the-world.

In his only test, Khalid Hasan scored 10 and 7* in the two innings and picked up 2 wickets as Pakistan suffered a humiliating loss by an innings and 129 runs. However, since then, Hasan never got another chance to show his worth in international level and till date, he holds the unique yet unwanted record of being the youngest ever one-test wonder. His last day of Test cricket came at the tender age of 16 years 356 days and we doubt anybody can ever beat that.

Shahid Afridi’s longest stay at the wicket

No one can really think of writing about interesting statistics without considering Shahid Afridi and here is something you may never have imagined. Afridi has played 384 One-Day International matches so far, where he scored more than 7600 runs with 6 centuries and 36 half centuries, but he has never played 100 balls in an innings yet. Till now, highest number of balls he played was 94, when he scored 109 runs against India in 1998. Surprised? Not so fast! There is more to come.

That innings was not his longest stay at the wicket. Shahid Afridi spent most time in the twenty-two yards when he came as a runner for Saeed Anwar during his 194 against India. Afridi got out early in the match and entered the field once again in the 19th over when Anwar was exhausted due to the heat. He was there till the end of that majestic innings and it made him the only player in the world whose longest stay in the middle was not for himself. Given the way he bats now-a-days, it is highly unlikely that this record will be broken.

Saeed Ajmal : Man of the Match Team

Ajmal made his one-day international debut against India in 2008. Since then, he played 111 matches for Pakistan before being banned for a suspicious bowling action. During these six years of his one-day career, Ajmal became number one ODI bowler in ICC ranking several times. But you will be surprised to know that he never got a man of the match award. He is the only person in the world who has achieved this feat even after playing more than hundred matches. Another entrusting fact about him is that he never bowled a no ball in his career.

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