5 Times Imran Khan Terrorised the Opposition on the Cricket Field

Here’s a look at Pakistan legend Imran Khan’s five devastating spells from his international career.

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Pakistan’s former captain Imran Khan (2nd L) with Sachin Tendulkar (2nd R) and Zaheer Khan (R) in Islamabad on 8 February, 2006. 

Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan is well on his way to become the next Prime Minister of Pakistan. It has been over 26 years since the great all-rounder bid goodbye to the game but his devastating spells of fast bowling still live in our hearts.

The flamboyant fast bowler led Pakistan to many memorable victories, the biggest of which was the 1992 World Cup.

The Quint takes a look at his top 5 spells in international cricket.

8/60 Vs India, Karachi 1982-83

Imran completely bamboozled the Indian batting line-up in the second Test match. The legend was one of the fastest bowlers at that time. He bowled at a consistent line and length and kept picking wickets at regular intervals.

The Indians were all out for a mere 197 and eventually lost the game by an inning and 86 runs after the fast bowler picked eight wickets for 60 runs in the second innings.

He had taken three wickets in the first innings too, leaving India all out for 169.

6/14 Vs India, Sharjah 1985

Imran Khan was at the top of his game in the mid ’80s and was at his best against arch rivals India. The legendary bowler picked up six wickets for just 14 runs.

He ripped through the Indian batting order and picked up the big wickets – Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Mohinder Amarnath.

Although this devastating spell helped Pakistan bundle out India for a mere 125, the Indian bowlers fought back and got Pakistan all out for 87.

5/59 Vs West Indies, Lahore 1986

Imran Khan’s monumental effort was in vain again. After Pakistan were bundled out for 131, the then skipper led from the front and took five wickets for 59 runs, which helped Pakistan get West Indies all out for 218.

But the Pakistan batting line-up failed their captain again after they were all out for 77. The home team lost the game by an inning and 10 runs.

6/46 Vs West Indies, Karachi 1986

The fast bowler continued his good form in the series against West Indies and this time managed to help his team draw the Test match against the mighty West Indians.

After Pakistan conceded a one-run lead, Imran Khan blasted away the lower order after picking up the all important wicket of Vivian Richards.

He finished with a figure of 6/46.

3/19 Vs Australia, Adelaide 1981

Imran Khan’s specialty in the one-day format was his ability to clean up the tail consistently, helping his teammates to avoid unnecessary pressure.

In this match too, after a bowling an economical first spell, he came back in the end to remove Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson and Terence Alderman. The Aussies lost the final three wickets for just 32 runs.

But it didn’t help his team as the Pakistan batting-line up collapsed for a mere 170 runs.

(The article was first published on 25 November 2015. It is being republished in light of Pakistan general elections, in which Imran Khan’s PTI has taken a clear lead, ahead of PML-N and PPP)

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