Pakistan's-400th-Test

On September 22, 2016, India played their 500th Test. Not only had they won that but the subcontinent giants went on to whitewash New Zealand 3-0. In doing so, they ensured their arch-rivals Pakistan were not the No.1 Test side any more. The Test mace now belongs to India, a country from where Pakistan originated in 1947. When Pakistan take on a depleted West Indies side at Dubai in the second-ever pink-ball Test, reclaiming the ICC Test Championship Mace during this season will be on their mind and the match will also mark their 400th Test a momentous occasion in Pakistan’s cricketing chronicles. Suvajit Mustafi looks back at Pakistan’s milestone Tests and some memorable performers.

1st Test vs India, Delhi, 1952: It had been five years since India and Pakistan were independent. Few who had represented India before partition were now in Pakistan camp. Among them was the new international side’s first skipper Abdul Hafeez Kardar. A war had already been fought between the nations. The Test started on October 16, 1952 (almost 64 years to the day). A record 109-run last wicket stand between Hemu Adhikari and Ghulam Ahmed put India to a strong position and made a difference before Vinoo Mankad’s 13-for dismantled their batting.

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Vijay Hazare is cleaned-up by Amir Elahi (Courtesy: Getty Images)

The Test debutants suffered an innings defeat against the side who went on to be their arch-rivals. The positive bit was Hanif Mohammad, who kept wickets in that game.

Hanif became the first Pakistani batsman to register a Test fifty.

Brief Scores:

India 372 (Vijay Hazare 76, Hemu Adhikar 81*, Ghulam Ahmed 50; Amir Elahi 4 for 134) beat Pakistan 150 (Hanif Mohammad 51; Vinoo Mankad 8 for 52) & 152 (Imtiaz Ahmed 41, Abdul Hafeez Kardar 43; Vinoo Mankad 5 for 79, Ghulam Ahmed 4 for 35) by an innings and 70 runs.

 

1st win vs India, Lucknow, 1952: A Test later, it was Pakistan who had the laugh. Wisden notes: ‘With Hazare, Adhikari and Mankad unable to appear, India were as unconvincing as Pakistan had been in the previous Test.’.

Fazal Mahmood derailed the Indian batting in both the innings on a matting pitch in Lucknow’s University ground. He became the first Pakistani to claim a five-for and register a 10-wicket haul in Test cricket.

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Fazal Mahmood became the first Pakistani to claim a five-for. (Courtesy: Getty Images)

In the same Test, opener Nazar Mohammad from Lahore, became Pakistan’s first Test centurion and also the first from the nation to carry his bat.

The innings defeat win helped Pakistan level series 1-1 but third Test in Mumbai and eventually the series 2-1.

Brief Scores:

India 106 (Mahmood Hussain 3 for 35, Fazal Mahmood 5 for 52) & 182 (Lala Amarnath 62*; Fazal Mahmood 7 for 42) lost to Pakistan 331 (Nazar Mohammad 124*, Maqsood Ahmed 41; Shah Nyalchand 3 for 97, Ghulam Ahmed 3 for 83) by an innings and 43 runs.

 

100th Test vs Australia, Melbourne, 1979: It was pacer Sarfraz Nawaz, who produced one of the greatest spells to make Pakistan’s 100th Test special. It was 4.30pm on the final afternoon. All Australia needed was 77 to win and had 7 wickets intact. What happened next was surreal.

The match was over 65 balls later. Australia did not notch up the runs, they managed only 5. Sarfraz had given away only one from them in his 33 deliveries and claimed all 7 remaining wickets! And it started with the centurion Allan Border. The game has not seen many better exhibitions of reverse swing.

Sarfraz’s 9 for 86 was Pakistan’s best bowling figures in an innings until Abdul Qadir bettered it in 1987.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 196 (Rodney Hogg 4 for 49, Alan Hurst 3 for 55) & 353 (Majid Khan 108, Zaheer Abbas 59, Asif Iqbal 44; Rodney Hogg 3 for 75, Alan Hurst 3 for 115) beat Australia 168 (Dav Whatmore 43; Imran Khan 4 for 26) & 310 (Andrew Hilditch 62, Allan Border 105, Kim Hughes 84; Sarfraz Nawaz 9 for 86) by 71 runs.

 

200th Test vs England, Old Trafford, 1992: Pakistan had won the World Cup earlier that year. Imran Khan had retired and Javed Miandad took charge yet again. This was a memorable series for Pakistan. After a draw at Edgbaston, Pakistan won the Lord’s Test and the third match of the series was their 200th Test.

The rain-affected game was dominated by Pakistan but will be best remembered for the controversy involving Miandad, Aaqib Javed and umpire Roy Palmer. Palmer had warned Aaqib for intimidating bowling against Devon Malcolm and later was involved in an ugly spat with Miandad.

Pakistan were fined 40 percent of their match fee, Aaqib his entire fees. There was controversy involving players, managers and brought back memories of the Shakoor Rana and Mike Gatting incident.

However, the Test had brilliant performances too, most notably Aamer Sohail’s double ton and Wasim Akram’s five-for. England won the fourth Test at Leeds while Pakistan completed a win at The Oval to take the series 2-1.

Brief scores:

Pakistan 505 for 9 d (Aamer Sohail 205, Rameez Raja 54, Asif Mujtaba 57, Javed Miandad 88; Devon Malcolm 3 for 117, Graham Gooch 3 for 39) & 239 for 5 d (Rameez Raja 88, Asif Mujtaba 40, Javed Miandad 45; Chris Lewis 3 for 46) drew with England 390 (Graham Gooch 78, David Gower 73, Chris Lewis 55, Ian Salisbury 50; Wasim Akram 5 for 128, Aaqib Javed 4 for 100).

 

300th Test vs India, Multan 2004: This was memorable but not for Pakistani fans. The Test will be remembered for Virender Sehwag’s 309. He became the first Indian to register a triple hundred. The game had its share of controversy when India’s stand-in skipper Rahul Dravid declared the innings with Sachin Tendulkar stranded at 194. Tendulkar went on to express his displeasure in the press conference but all was well in the Indian camp after they registered a memorable victory.

Pakistani bowlers were made to practice on the same pitch after the Test. Their champion spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was meted out harsh treatment by Sehwag. He went onto concede 204 runs from his 43 overs and never played for Pakistan again.

Brief scores:

India 675 for 5 d (Virender Sehwag 309, Sachin Tendulkar 194*, Yuvraj Singh 59) beat Pakistan 407 (Yasir Hameed 91, Inzamam-ul-Haq 77, Abdul Razzaq 47; Irfan Pathan 4 for 100) & 216 (Yousuf Youhana 112; Anil Kumble 6 for 72) by an innings and 52 runs.

 

Pakistan in Test cricket

Current Rank: 2

Test: 399 | Won: 128 | Lost: 113 | Draw: 158

Most Successful Captains

Captains

M

W

L

D

Success (%)

Misbah-ul-Haq

46

22

13

11

47.83

Imran Khan

48

14

8

26

29.17

Javed Miandad

34

14

6

14

41.18

Most Tests

124 – Javed Miandad

119 – Inzamam-ul-Haq

108 – Younis Khan

Most Runs

Batsmen

M

R

Ave

100s

Younis Khan

108

9,456

53.72

32

Javed Miandad

124

8,832

52.57

23

Inzamam-ul-Haq

119

8,829

50.16

25

Clearly a right handed middle-order batsmen dominance.

Highest Scores

337 – Hanif Mohammad vs West Indies at Bridgetown in 1958

329 – Inzamam-ul-Haq vs New Zealand at Lahore in 2002

313 – Younis Khan vs Sri Lanka at Karachi in 2009

Most 100s

32 – Younis Khan

25 –Inzamam-ul-Haq

24 –Mohammad Yousuf

Most Wickets

Bowlers

M

W

Ave

5wi

Wasim Akram

104

414

23.62

25

Javed Miandad

87

373

23.56

22

Imran Khan

88

362

22.81

23

Pace bowling dominance. They have produced some of the finest in the game.

Best Bowling in Innings

9 for 56 – Abdul Qadir vs England at Lahore in 1987

9 for 86 – Sarfraz Nawaz vs Australia at Melbourne in 1979

8 for 58 – Imran Khan vs Sri Lanka at Lahore in 1982

Most 5-fors

25 – Wasim Akram

23 – Imran Khan

22 – Waqar Younis

Most Man-of-the-Match Awards

Players Tests MOM Awards
Wasim Akram

104

17

Imran Khan

88

11

Waqar Younis

108

10

Most Man-of-the-Series Awards

Players Series MOs Awards
Imran Khan

28

8

Wasim Akram

43

7

Waqar Younis

38

5

(Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches numerous other snacks throughout the day. Yes, a jack of several trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India s World Cup winning skipper but ended up being a sports writer, author, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sportsmarketer , strategist, entrepreneur, philosopher and traveller. Donning so many hats, it s cricket which gives him the ultimate high and where he finds solace. He can be followed at @RibsGully and rivu7)