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
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
Labels: 2007 world cup, book cricket, inzamam, pakistan, retire, world cup