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    March 22, 2007

    Inzamam ends his one-day innings

    This day, fifteen years ago, Inzamam made his first real impact in international cricket, with that brilliant 60*(37) v New Zealand in the 1992 World Cup semi-final.

    Perhaps it was fitting that he ended his one-day innings today, facing almost the same number of balls, but only scoring 37 as Pakistan piled up 349 against Zimbabwe. He seemed determined to play as 'violent' an innings as he had magically done all those years ago. I remember watching that Auckland game live (?) and I was torn between admiring his batting & Moin's pluck and feeling sorry for my then favourite cricketer Martin Crowe who'd batted brilliantly. I'm sure New Zealand (and John Wright who led in Crowe's absence when New Zealand bowled) were quite confident of winning. The highest score against them in the competition was 230 by India. But Pakistan was the only side which they had lost to. As it turned out, a few overs of brilliance turned the game.

    Inzamam retired from one-day cricket after Pakistan's shock defeat last week against Ireland.

    Inzamam's emotional exit from ODIs

    While we will of course miss the comedy he provided (running between the wickets, his bear-like appearance, being dismissed 'obstructing the field', etc.), we will still get to see him in test cricket. Inzy's a wonderful test batsman - one of the better subcontinental batsmen when it comes to play pace and one of the best players of spin around.

    Thanks for the memories, Inzy. Do let us know when you quit competitive cricket altogether. You're a welcome addition to the book cricket XI.

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    Not to forget his amazing interview after getting out second time obstructing the field against India. "I touch the ball also I am out, I don't touch also I am out. I dont understand these rules" or something like that :). It was hillarious!

    And of course his comical hit wicket dismissal against Monty Panesar. He will surely be missed :)

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