Saeed Anwar

Country: Pakistan
Born: September 06, 1968, Karachi, Sind
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Playing role: Opening Batter

Saeed Anwar Bio

Saeed Anwar is widely regarded as one of the greatest cricketers to have emerged from Pakistan. With his majestic timing and graceful strokeplay, he was known for his electrifying starts and ability to dominate the opposition. Born on September 6, 1968, in Karachi, Pakistan, Anwar’s cricketing journey began at a young age.

Anwar made his debut for the Pakistan national team in 1989 against the West Indies. Although he initially struggled to establish himself in the team, it was his performance in the limited-overs format that caught everyone’s attention. The left-handed opener quickly rose to prominence as a one-day player, displaying his exceptional talent with the bat.

Anwar’s style of play was unique; he possessed the ability to dominate the opposition through elegant strokeplay rather than relying on brute force. His love for driving the ball through the off side with minimal footwork became his signature shot. Bowlers found it challenging to contain him, especially when they offered him width outside off stump.

Throughout his career, Anwar earned accolades for his performances in both Test cricket and One-Day Internationals (ODIs). He achieved remarkable success in the Test format, proving that he was not merely a limited-overs specialist. Anwar’s ability to adapt to the longer format of the game cemented his place as one of Pakistan’s most respected cricketers.

Despite his numerous achievements, Anwar faced some weaknesses in his game. His fielding was often considered weak, and he was prone to injuries. Moreover, as his career approached its end, his once-assured footwork began to falter. These issues did not deter him from representing his country and making significant contributions to the team.

In August 2001, tragedy struck Anwar’s life when his daughter passed away. Grief-stricken, he decided to take a break from the game. Although he returned to cricket, his performances were not as captivating as before. Nonetheless, he managed to hit a remarkable century against India in the 2003 World Cup, showcasing his batting prowess to the world on one final grand stage.

As time went on, Anwar’s batting abilities gradually declined, leading him to announce his retirement just before Pakistan’s home series against Bangladesh. His retirement marked the end of an era in Pakistani cricket, leaving a void that would be challenging to fill.

Anwar’s impact on the game was remarkable, and his records speak for themselves. He held the record for the highest individual score in ODIs for several years until Sachin Tendulkar surpassed him. Anwar’s ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant strokes and graceful presence made him one of the most compelling players of his time.

Off the field, Anwar is known for his humility and dedication to the game. Despite his numerous achievements, he remained grounded, always putting the team’s success before personal glory. His impact on the game of cricket extends beyond records and statistics; Saeed Anwar will always be remembered as a true icon of Pakistani cricket.

Saeed Anwar Career Stats

Saeed Anwar Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 55 91 2 4052 188* 45.52 7265 55.77 11 25 535 14 18 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 247 244 19 8824 194 39.21 10938 80.67 20 43 938 97 42 0
FC 146 232 7 10169 221 45.19 - - 30 51 - - 65 0
List A 325 319 23 11223 194 37.91 - - 26 54 - - 64 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Saeed Anwar Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 55 4 48 23 0 - - - 2.87 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 247 13 242 191 6 2/9 2/9 31.83 4.73 40.3 0 0 0
FC 146 - 653 412 9 3/83 - 45.77 3.78 72.5 - 0 0
List A 325 - 858 645 31 4/39 4/39 20.8 4.51 27.6 1 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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