Thursday, February 2, 2023

The U Turner – Imran khan

Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi, a Pakistani exceptional bowler, former international cricketer and prime minister was born and brought up in Pakistan in 1987. Born as a grandchild of pashtun ethnicity, he belonged to the Niazi tribe. He did his schooling from one of the elite schools in Pakistan as well in the Royal Grammar School Worcester in UK( United kingdom) where he studied philosophy, politics and economics, and graduated with a second-class honors BA degree in 1976. He was the cousin brother of two famous cricketers Javed Burki and Majid Khan who held the captaincy in the national team in 1962 and 1973.

In his early days he played cricket in Pakistan and showcased his cricket skills in the United Kingdom (UK) as well. At Oxford, he played for the college team and was elected as the president of the Keble College Student Union.

He made his first test debut in 1971 at Edgbaston against England. His talent emerged during those years, he was monstrously talented. During that time, he was considered as the trailblazer of the reverse swing bowler technique. He made his appearance in the cricket world Cup of 1992. Millions of people who had never dreamt of bowling fast, Imran khan with his lissom bowling and reverse-swinging yorker received zillions of fans and following. Furthermore he also evolved to have this playboy reputation in his youthful days. Imran khan made his first appearance in the ODI ( one day international) in 1974 against New Zealand’s. Later, he returned back to Pakistan where he distinguished himself as an exceptional cricketer with his amazing bowling skill he was made the captain in 1982 of the Pakistan cricket team. He briskly established himself as the leading cricketer and a player of his beloved team – Pakistan. He got better and better with every match he played 51 test matches and he led Pakistan to the first victory series in 1987 against England.

He played so well and with his eye-catching performance made his team win in the Cricket World Cup of 1992.

In his career he played almost 88 (eighty eight) test matches with 126 innings. He made his successful career with six (6) centuries and eighteen (18) half centuries. His excellent skills made his image on the top with an average of

(37 with bat and 22 with ball).

And to note, his highest score was 136.

In comparison to our great legend kapil Dev, he was as equivalent to him in being the top all rounders. Where Kapil Dev was natural with his superfit fast bowling technique, Imran khan worked hard to be the destructive batsman. He was a great player and a great captain too. Moreover he was the one to challenge the West Indies in the test series of 1980.

Sometimes statistics tell the whole story. Let’s look at the odds they have which made him the superior.

 The average batting score in the test series between Imran khan and Kapil Dev was 37.69 and 31.09. Their bowling average was 22.81 and 29.68

Similarly in the ODI, their comparison score of batting was 33.41 and 23.79

And their bowling score was 27.45 and 29.61

With the above mentioned data we can clearly state that Imran khan stands out in all the areas.

He emerged as a legend of the era where every fast bowler had to grapple. He was at peak with wasim Akram, and later when he became the captain he focused more on the batting part rather than on the bowling. This skip made his statistics less in bowling , thereby by giving Wasim Akram the chance to be the best bowler, no doubt he was a beast in bowling. Imran khan’s less appearance as a bowler in the ODI was the only reason for him to be compared with Wasim Akram. During Imran’s peak career and young age ,ODI’s were not played frequently, Imran lost his numbers. The reason for his less number of bowling aas that he was diagnosed by a stress fracture of his left shin in 1983. As his recovery was slow and made him halt his career for 2 years. After getting recovered, he made a comeback, and was as successful as he was before but he lost some pace of it. There still lies a question of what he would have achieved if he had not suffered the stress injury.

With his leadership skills he excelled in his political life after his retirement from cricket in 1992.

Imran khan after his retirement joined philanthropy. He founded the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA) and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH) by donating his entire prize money to build it. Hia mission was to make karachi cancer free.

From his initial days he was personally involved in social empowerment and global fundraising campaigns. His other social trusts include the Namal Institute, a technical College in mianwali.

Later he joined politics In 1996 to tackle corruption and was the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan.  He wanted to change social status, to change society for the better. In 1996 he created his own party – PTI ( Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf ). In the general elections, the

members of the PTI failed to get any seats in the National Assembly.

With his criticizing attitude he was arrested in 1999 for criticising the military government of Pervez Musharraf. Though he was released from detention in 2000 and yet after all this he did not stop talking about the Musharraf’s government. After two years in 2002, he was elected to the National Assembly and won two seats in it. For five long years he served as the opposition leader for the National assembly and accused the Musharraf’s government for corruption.  In his last year of leadership in the National Assembly he declared national emergency to deal with the threat in response to swarms of desert locusts in the eastern part of the countrycountry and as a result he was house arrested. In 2018, he was elected as the prime Minister of Pakistan and rest is history.

Conculsing this whole article with a true statement, Imran khan who ruled Pakistan cricket team with his iron hand is all set to advocate his expertise in the welfare of his Nation.

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