legendary cricketer Imran Khan was born on November 25 in 1952. Imran, Pakistan’s best captain so far, has been actively involved in politics after his retirement. He led Pakistan to the 1992 World Cup triumph with a group of young players such as Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Aamir Sohail and Aaqib Javed.
On his 63rd birthday, we bring to you 10 amazing facts about Imran Khan:
1. Very few know Imran Khan’s full name. His full name is Ahmad Khan Niazi Imran, but he never used it as a cricketer.
2. Khan’s professional cricketing career started at the age of 16 when he made his first-class debut for Lahore against Sarghodha in 1968.
3. Within two years, he was selected for the Pakistani national squad. He got into the team even before finishing his academic career.
4. As a student in England, Khan became a renowned cricketer in the English school cricket spectrum. He captained the Oxford University XI team in 1974, a feat rarely achieved by a foreigner to England. He also played county cricket for Sussex and Worcestershire.
5. He became Pakistan’s captain in 1982. As a captain, Khan played 48 Test matches, out of which 14 went in Pakistan’s favour, eight were lost and the rest ended in a draw. He had also led the team in 139 ODIs, winning 77, losing 57 with one ending in a tie. He was selected as the best cricketer of the year award by Indian Cricket in 1990.
6. Pakistan’s most successful captain, Imran, has often been compared to his Indian counterpart Kapil Dev. Both all-rounders were looked upon as rivals by fans and experts. Imran has 3,807 runs and 362 wickets in Tests and 3,709 runs and 182 wickets in ODIs. Whereas, Kapil has 5,248 runs and 434 wickets in Tests and 3,783 runs and 253 wickets in ODIs.
7. Imran has proved to be a leader not oly in cricket but in politics too. In 1996, he founded a political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). After a lot of difficulties posed from opposition, his party has become the most popular and preferred political unit in Pakistan, according to the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) survey.
8. Due to his protest against the Pakistani presidential election in 2007, Khan was put in house arrest. He escaped and was in hiding for 11 days. However, this only led to more public support and compassion for him.
9. In 2013, he became the parliamentary leader of his party. Khan formed the provincial government in the militancy-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region in Pakistan. The government presented a balanced, tax-free budget for the fiscal year of 2013-14.
10. Imran Khan was voted Asia’s Person of the Year in 2012. He won that contest with 88% votes.