moin khan

Born September 23, 1971, Mohammad Moin Khan is a former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman, who played for the Pakistani national cricket team from 1990 to 2004. A combative cricketer, Moin was an effective lower-order batsman. On his 45th birthday, Chinmay Jawalekar recollects 15 facts about the player, who was a livewire behind the stumps.

1.  Decent debut

Moin had a decent outing on his Test and One-Day International (ODI) debuts against the West Indies in November 1990, where he scored 24 and 32 in the Test  and 23 in the ODI. His performance was notable considering both the games were low scoring ones.

2.  Early impact

Moin scored his first Test century in his 12th Test, against the touring Australians at Lahore in 1994. He made an attacking 115 not out which consisted of 13 boundaries and three sixes.

3.  Fighter

Moin was a fighter throughout his career and played some valuable knocks along with the tail. His one such innings came during the 3rd Test against Sri Lanka at Sialkot in 1995, where Pakistan needed 357 runs to win. Moin was the last man standing with an unbeaten 117 as the rest of the batsmen failed to provide support and Pakistan lost the match by 144 runs.

4.  Competition

All through his career, Moin was involved in a tight competition with another great wicket-keeper of his generation, Rashid Latif for the wicketkeeper’s position in the Pakistan team. Though Moin ended up playing more number of Tests and ODIs than him, the general opinion was that Latif was a better ‘keeper.

5.  1992 World Cup

Moin was a part of the victorious Pakistan team during the 1992 Cricket World Cup. He played a crucial role behind the wickets during the campaign. In the final of the World Cup, Moin did not get a chance to bat. However, he took three catches in the match including one of Ian Botham, who went for a duck against an inswinger bowled by Wasim Akram. In the semi-final, he was impressive with the bat. Against New Zealand, Pakistan needed 9 runs from 8 balls before Moin hit a six to make it 3 runs off 7 balls. Javed Miandad completed the formalities by scoring the winning runs.

6.  Captaincy

Moin’s captaincy record wasn’t quite impressive. Though an attacking cricketer himself, his captaincy was often criticised to be defensive.

7.  Stats

Moin’s First-Class career stretched to almost two decades. He scored more than 8,000 runs in the process with 14 centuries and 40 half-centuries. Add to it a staggering number of catches, 495, and 58 stumpings. His Test batting average of 28.55 was considered to be good in the era he played.

8.  End of the road

Moin played for Pakistan till the 2003-04 season. However, his wicketkeeping form kept deteriorating and as a result, he had to make way for a rising Kamran Akmal. Moin’s career eventually came to a close in 2004.

9.  First domestic T20 centurion

In 2005, after he was dropped for good from the Pakistan team, Moin scored the first century in Pakistan domestic Twenty20 cricket by smashing 112 off 59 balls for Karachi Dolphins against Lahore Lions.

10.  Last hurrah

At the end of the 2004-05 season, he retired from cricket, finishing with 200 not out against Hyderabad (Pakistani domestic side), which is also his highest First-Class score.

11.  ICL

In 2007, Moin signed with the Indian Cricket League (ICL) and coached the Hyderabad Heroes team, which also had the current Indian cricketers Ambati Rayudu and Stuart Binny. In the 2008 edition of the competition, he coached the team from Pakistan, the Lahore Badshahs, which was led by Pakistan batting great Inzamam-ul-Haq.

12.  Management roles

Moin took up various management roles with the Pakistan team post-retirement. He was appointed as the manager and chief selector for the Pakistani team in 2013. He later replaced Dav Whatmore as the new head coach of the national team in February 2014.

13.  ‘Casino royale’

During the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Moin travelled with the Pakistan team to Australia and New Zealand as the chief selector and a member of the tour selection committee. On the tour, he reportedly visited a casino two days before the team’s clash against West Indies in Christchurch. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) asked Moin to return home immediately and also launched an official investigation against him.

14.  Chatterbox

Moin was known to be a chirpy character behind the stumps. He was often caught on the stump microphone motivating his teammates; ‘shabbash’ and ‘well-done’ being his most uttered remarks.

15.  ‘Doosra’

Moin is credited for coining the term ‘doosra’ to Saqlain Mushtaq’s off-spinning delivery that goes the other way.

(A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is senior content writer with Criclife. When not writing or following cricket, he loves to read, eat and sleep. He can be followed at @CricfreakTweets)