Imtiaz Ahmed

Country: Pakistan
Born: January 05, 1928, Lahore, Punjab
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Wicketkeeper Batter
Died: December 31, 2016, Lahore, Punjab, (aged 88y 361d)

Imtiaz Ahmed Bio

Imtiaz Ahmed, hailed as one of Pakistan’s finest cricketers, was born on October 5, 1932, in Lahore, Punjab. A proud and patriotic individual, Imtiaz was among the group of talented cricketers who emerged from Lahore College, laying the foundation for Pakistan’s successful cricketing legacy in the 1950s.

Imtiaz possessed incredible batting skills and was particularly renowned for his magnificent hook shots. His exceptional prowess in this stroke left an enduring impact on young cricketers, including the legendary Majid Khan, who openly admitted being inspired by Imtiaz’s remarkable hooking abilities. One of his most memorable performances occurred during the test series against West Indies in 1958-59 when he fearlessly confronted the fearsome paceman Wes Hall.

Besides his batting, Imtiaz is also recognized as Pakistan’s first regular wicketkeeper. This dual role often meant sacrificing his batting position and batting lower down the order, despite his natural inclination to be an attacking opener. Imtiaz’s outstanding skills behind the stumps and his ability to read the game allowed him to excel in this role, becoming an important asset to the team.

In 1954, Imtiaz embarked on a tour of England, where he achieved extraordinary success, coming tantalizingly close to the rare feat of scoring 1000 runs and completing 100 dismissals as a wicketkeeper in a single first-class season. Although he fell short by a mere 14 dismissals, his performance was an exceptional one and remains unmatched by any touring cricketer before or since.

Imtiaz’s contributions to Pakistani cricket extended beyond the field. As a mentor and coach, he played an instrumental role in nurturing future talents and guiding them towards success. His dedication and knowledge of the sport continue to be revered, as he has left an indelible mark on the cricketing community.

Throughout his career, Imtiaz Ahmed played a total of 41 test matches for Pakistan, scoring 2,079 runs at an average of 29.07. He notched up six centuries and six half-centuries, showcasing his ability to dominate opposing bowling attacks. Furthermore, Imtiaz claimed 77 dismissals as a wicketkeeper, testament to his proficiency in that role.

Imtiaz’s impact on Pakistani cricket is reflected in his profound influence on subsequent generations. His commitment to the game, coupled with his sportsmanship and unwavering national pride, continue to inspire and motivate aspiring cricketers in Pakistan.

Imtiaz Ahmed passed away on December 31, 2011, leaving a rich legacy behind. His remarkable achievements as a cricketer and his contributions to the sport in Pakistan will forever be remembered. Imtiaz’s name remains etched in the annals of Pakistani cricket history, serving as a reminder of his enduring commitment and passion for the game.

Imtiaz Ahmed Career Stats

Imtiaz Ahmed Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 41 72 1 2079 209 29.28 - - 3 11 - 3 77 16
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 180 310 32 10391 300* 37.37 - - 22 45 - - 322 82
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Imtiaz Ahmed Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 41 1 6 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 180 - 277 166 4 2/12 - 41.5 3.59 69.2 - 0 0
List A - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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