Inzamam Ul Haq is a former Pakistani Cricketer, who was born on March 3, 1970, and is commonly known as Inzy. He is regarded as the best Pakistani batsman in cricketing history. In One-day international cricket, he is the leading scorer for his country Pakistan. He is also the third highest run scorer in Test cricket for Pakistan after Javed Miandad and Younis Khan.
The beginning of his cricketing career
Inzy made his debut in ODI home series in 1991 against West Indies. It was a good start after scoring 20 in 60 runs in the two matches against them. His debut in Test cricket was in 1992 when Pakistan played England in Edgbaston. In that game, he got little playtime to make any significant impact. In the subsequent games, he demonstrated great vulnerability against swing bowling that resulted to him being dropped for the Final Test of that series that Pakistan went to win 2-1. He rose to fame in the 1992 cricket world cup semi-final where he scored 60 off 37 balls against the strong New Zealand team. Inzamam strong battling performance propelled Pakistan to victory in the 1992 Cricket world cup final. From that time, he remained the Pakistani side integral batsman for a decade in both ODI and Test cricket.
Inzamam developed in his game throughout this time until he was appointed the Captain of the Pakistan national cricket team in 2003 where he served from 2003 to 2007. He had a successful tenure until his captaincy ended after Pakistani early exit in the 2007 Cricket world cup. In October of 2007, Inzamam retired from international cricket after the second Test match of the South Africa game. After retiring, he joined Indian Cricket League captaining Hyderabad Heroes in Twenty20 inaugural competition. He was later to captain the Lahore Badshahs, a team that was composed of only Pakistani cricketers.
Inzamam Ul Haq playing style
He was known as more of a destructive batsman in both Test matches, and ODIs. His footwork was fast, and it enabled him to position himself early enough for shots. In ODIs, he averages close to 40 runs, while in Test matches he was under 50 runs per inning. His strike rate was 74.23 for ODIs and 54.03 for Test matches. Due to his playing style, he is considered among the best players that employed pull shot in World Cricket. His playing style seemed as though Inzamam had much time on his hands waiting for the ball to land on them. He, however, had poor runs between the wicket and had the second highest run outs in ODIs of 40 times behind Marvan Atapattu of 41 times.
In 2012 December, Inzamam was appointed Pakistan national team batsman consultant for a short period when the team was preparing for 2013 tour. In 2015 October, Inzamam was appointed standing coach for Afghanistan cricket team in the October 2015 tour of Zimbabwe. His contract was renewed until 2017 after the tour was successful, which was Afghanistan best in Test matches.