Nasim-ul-Ghani

Country: Pakistan
Born: May 14, 1941, Delhi, India
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Left arm Medium, Slow Left arm Orthodox
Playing role: Bowler

Nasim-ul-Ghani Bio

Nasim-ul-Ghani, a former Pakistani cricketer, was a player of immense potential whose career was marred by a combination of his own shortcomings and unfair selection. Despite these obstacles, Nasim-ul-Ghani is remembered as one of the youngest Test cricketers and a versatile player known for his skill as a left-arm spinner and medium-pace bowler.

Born in Pakistan, Nasim-ul-Ghani made his debut on the international cricket scene at the tender age of 16, facing the formidable West Indies team. This made him the youngest Test cricketer at that time, a notable distinction for any aspiring young player. During his early days, Nasim exhibited tremendous promise and it seemed as if he would go on to enjoy a successful and enduring career.

Primarily known for his crafty left-arm spin, Nasim-ul-Ghani possessed a unique ability to flight the ball, making it difficult for batsmen to pick up his deliveries. He often used his bowling prowess to outfox opponents and claim vital wickets for his team. In addition to his left-arm spin, Nasim also showed proficiency in medium-pace bowling, adding another dimension to his game and further establishing his status as a valuable asset for the Pakistani cricket team.

This left-arm spinner was not just a one-dimensional cricketer but also a versatile batsman. Nasim-ul-Ghani showcased his batting prowess when he unexpectedly came in as a nightwatchman during a Test match against England in 1962 at the iconic Lord’s cricket ground. Against all odds, Nasim struck a century, becoming the first Pakistani to achieve this feat on English soil. This remarkable innings not only highlighted his batting skills but also solidified his reputation as a genuinely talented all-rounder.

Throughout his career, Nasim-ul-Ghani faced numerous challenges, including questionable selection choices. These unfair decisions undoubtedly hampered his progress and hindered him from reaching his full potential. However, despite these setbacks, Nasim remained committed to the sport and continued to contribute to cricket beyond his playing days.

After retiring from the game, Nasim-ul-Ghani went on to serve as an assistant manager for the Pakistani cricket team during their tour of England in 1996. This experience offered him an opportunity to impart his wealth of knowledge and expertise to future generations of cricketers. Furthermore, Nasim’s passion for the sport led him to serve as a national selector, where he played a crucial role in identifying and nurturing Pakistan’s top cricketing talent.

Moreover, Nasim-ul-Ghani extended his influence beyond his own nation’s borders. He assumed the role of an ICC development officer in South Asia, aiming to promote cricket and facilitate its growth in the region. Additionally, Nasim served as a match referee, ensuring fair play and upholding the spirit of the game in various cricket matches.

Despite not achieving the success that many had anticipated, Nasim-ul-Ghani’s impact on Pakistani cricket cannot be undermined. His early rise as the youngest Test cricketer, his ability to create magic with his left-arm spin and medium-pace bowling, and his unexpected century as a nightwatchman are all testaments to his extraordinary talent. Nasim-ul-Ghani’s dedication to the sport beyond his playing days showcases his unwavering passion for cricket and his desire to contribute to its development at various levels. As such, his name will always have a special place in the annals of Pakistani cricket history.

Nasim-ul-Ghani Career Stats

Nasim-ul-Ghani Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 29 50 5 747 101 16.6 - - 1 2 - 2 11 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 1 1 0 1 1 1 8 12.5 0 0 0 0 0 0
FC 117 175 17 4490 139 28.41 - - 7 - - - 104 0
List A 11 11 2 179 85 19.88 - - 0 1 - - 3 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Nasim-ul-Ghani Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 29 40 4406 1959 52 6/67 8/120 37.67 2.66 84.7 1 2 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 117 - - 8628 343 6/24 - 25.15 - - - 23 3
List A 11 - 566 290 6 3/17 3/17 48.33 3.07 94.3 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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