Inzamam becomes the most capped ODI player

Posted on September 5, 2006
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Owais Mughal

As Inzamam-ul-Haq appears in 3rd One Day International between Pakistan and England, he becomes the most capped player in this form of cricket.

He is closely followed by Tendulkar (India) and Jayasuria (SriLanka) who may takeover him in near future. One just has to wait and see :). Here is the list of 10 most capped players in ODIs. Note that 9 out of 10 most capped players belong to South Asian teams. The list is current upto and including 3rd ODI between England and Pakistan played on Sept 5, 2006

1. Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pakistan): 365 matches
2. S.T Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka): 364
3. S.R Tendulkar (India): 363
4. Wasim Akram (Pakistan): 356
5. M Azharuddin (India): 334
6. S.R Waugh (Australia): 325
7. P.A De Silva (Sri Lanka): 308
8. R Dravid (India): 293
9. Salim Malik (Pakistan): 283
10. W.P.U.J.C Vaas (Sri Lanka): 281

And Here is the list of 10 most capped Pakistani players in ODIs. The list is current upto and including 3rd ODI between England and Pakistan played on Sept 5, 2006

1. Inzamam-ul-Haq: 365
2. Wasim Akram: 356
3. Salim Malik: 283
4. Waqar Younis: 262
5. Ijaz Ahmed: 250
6. Saeed Anwar: 247
7. Javed Miandad: 233
8. Shahid Afridi: 228
9. Mohammad Yousuf: 221
10.Abdul Razzaq: 215

ADDENDUM, March 18, 2007: Inzamam announces retirement from ODIs

March 17 and March 18, 2007 proved to be tumultous for Pakistani cricket. At first Pakistan lost to Ireland in a World Cup match which saw Pakistan unqualified for the next round. Next the coach of Pakistan cricket team since 2004, Bob Wolmer had a sad demise in his hotel room and then Inzamam-ul-Haq announced his retirement from the ODIs. The detailed news of Inzamam’s retirement is quoted by Adil Najam below in the comments section. As far as topic of the above post is concerned, it looks like Inzamam’s career will stop after playing 378 ODIs in total.


65 Comments on “Inzamam becomes the most capped ODI player”

  1. September 5th, 2006 7:34 pm

    What a ride he has had! What has he not been called? loved and hated by his own team mates at different times in his career. Understated, and yet so much in the news…

    The guy should consider politics after retirement.

  2. aatif says:
    September 5th, 2006 8:11 pm

    despite his health, its a great honour!

  3. Adil Najam says:
    September 6th, 2006 12:31 am

    I guess most of you know this already, but by way of update for those who may not, Pakistan won the match and is now leading 2-0 in the 5 match series.

  4. Owais Mughal says:
    September 6th, 2006 12:39 am

    By the way, another record from today’s match is that M Yousuf has now surpassed Javed Miandad in terms of ODI career runs.

    The updated list for top 8 most prolific Pakistani batsmen as of 9/6/06 is as follows:

    1. Inzamam-ul-Haq: 11500 runs at 39.93 ave
    2. Saeed Anwar: 8823 @ 39.21
    3. Mohammad Yousuf: 7415 @ 41.42
    4. Javed Miandad: 7381 @ 41.70
    5. Salim Malik: 7170 @ 32.88
    6. Ijaz Ahmed: 6564 @ 32.33
    7. Ramiz Raja: 5841 @ 32.09
    8. Shahid Afridi: 4835 @ 23.35

  5. September 6th, 2006 12:47 am

    Somehow it surprises me to see that except for Javed, most of the batsmen in the list are from the fairly recent past. Did the batsmen start scoring more runs in the recent history? Maybe calls to make nail-scratching of the ball legit have good reason after all?

  6. Naveed says:
    September 6th, 2006 3:00 am

    Inzimam, in my opinion, deserves a lot more praise as a Captain than the rap he gets for his chronic run-outs and/or poor fielding. As Adil has updated, after a very long time, we saw a thrilling match. Inzimam’s last shot, the winning shot, was such a breath-taking drive. I really respect Inzimam. There is something big brotherly about him. The gentle giant as someone called him during the current series.

  7. jyoti says:
    September 6th, 2006 3:10 am

    Lage Raho inzy Mamu:)

  8. pakpics says:
    September 6th, 2006 6:43 am

    Inzi the great. He is a master batsman but he has to give 100% out put to lead pakistan to the victory stand in Worldcup 2007 in West indies. He is a very talented & he is match winning Batsman. He has given so much to Pakistani team & i wish him that his career ends with pride & honour.( Aameen)

  9. jyoti says:
    September 6th, 2006 6:50 am

    Inzimam is not only a great cricker, but also a fine human being. I think he is the most liked Pakistani criketer in India.

  10. Owais Mughal says:
    September 6th, 2006 10:12 am

    Bilal, the reason for current players having ‘MOST’ runs and appearences is because cricket calenders are much more busy now as compared to say when Javed Miandad was playing. Pakistan has now played more ODIs than any other country in the world (639 as of 9/6/06). Pakistan has been playing 35-38 ODIs every year for the past decade and that shows up in individual statistics too.

  11. September 6th, 2006 10:45 am

    Thanks Owais. The scientist in me wants to zero out that factor and look at per match averages in that case. Do you have access to that info?

    Unlike baseball, cricket is somehow missing counting how a batsman is of support to the other batsmen during an inning. We do not count how a batsman allows the other to excel by just standing his ground. Remember the Tauseef/Miandad story in the Australasia Cup? Miandad hit the sixer and got all the praise, and Tauseef? Well Bushra Ansari sang it well, “Is chakey key javed ko sau laakh milain gay…tauseef behcaarey ko dirham aath milangay”.

  12. Adnan Ahmad says:
    September 6th, 2006 12:46 pm

    Talking of Bushra Ansari.. and Anwar Maqsood’s Show Time.. the next verse was way before the time it would become relevant.. javed miandad ne hay itna kamaya. kehtey hain ke sharma ko bhi do laakh milain ge.. tauseef bechare ko… :)

  13. Eidee Man says:
    September 6th, 2006 10:00 pm

    “I think he is the most liked Pakistani criketer in India.”

    There is no doubt that Inzamam is loved by most Pakistanis. However, as great as that would be, I don’t think Inzamam is well-liked at all. Everytime Inzamam does something, he is ridiculed all over the Indian media for being overweight, stupid, etc etc.

  14. Eidee Man says:
    September 6th, 2006 11:57 pm

    ” However, as great as that would be, I don’t think Inzamam is well-liked in India at all.”

  15. Sohaib says:
    September 7th, 2006 10:02 am

    Inzamam is truly a magnificent batsman. But he does tend to humour us from time to time for various reasons. I will never, ever forget his hit-wicket dismissal at Leeds earlier this season. I was even compelled to write a sarcastic entry on my blog regarding that. :p

    Let me start an interesting discussion: what is your favourite Inzamam innings? To jog your memory, I can give a few examples:
    1. his 1992 semifinal knock
    2. his century against India while chasing 350 in the ODI
    3. his match-winning century against Bangladesh with us 9 wickets down.
    4. his rather weird dead-pan triple century against NZ in Lahore
    5. any others you can think of?

  16. Sohaib says:
    September 9th, 2006 11:01 am

    Aha, no reply to my proposed discussion. How encouraging.

  17. Owais Mughal says:
    September 9th, 2006 11:38 am

    I think his century against Bangladesh when 9 wickets down was his best performance

  18. Owais Mughal says:
    September 22nd, 2006 4:42 pm

    And as expected, Tendulkar has now caught up to Inzamam. Today Tendulkar appeared in his 367th ODI and it ties the two for most experienced player slot. I think this race will go b/w Inzamam, Tendulkar, and Jayasuria for a while until two of them retire and then there will be a clear winner until someone else breaks the record :)

  19. Owais Mughal says:
    October 14th, 2006 1:23 pm

    And as expected Jayasuria has also appeared in his 367th ODI today. This makes it unique because as of today; Inzamam, Tendulkar and Jayasuria all have appeared in 367 ODIs. Tendulkar and Jayasuria are expected to get ahead in this race as Inzamam is out of current Champions Trophy

  20. Owais Mughal says:
    October 24th, 2006 1:49 pm

    Jayasuria now heads the list of World’s most experienced ODI player. He finished current Champios Trophy by playing in his 370th ODI today. Now as of 10/24/06:

    Jayasuria: 370 ODIs
    Tedulkar: 368
    Inzamam: 367

  21. Owais Mughal says:
    November 1st, 2006 1:54 pm

    Tendulkar has now caught up to Jayasuria. As of 11/1/06:

    Jayasuria: 370 ODIs
    Tendulkar: 370
    Inzamam-ul-haq: 367

  22. Owais Mughal says:
    November 22nd, 2006 5:28 pm

    Tendulakar is now the highest capped ODI player in the world. As of 11/22/06

    Tendulkar: 371
    Jayasuria: 370
    Inzamam: 367

  23. Owais Mughal says:
    November 26th, 2006 11:49 pm

    As of today:

    Tendulkar: 372 ODIs
    Jayasuria: 370
    Inzamam: 367

  24. Owais Mughal says:
    December 8th, 2006 11:46 am

    As of Dec 7, 2006

    Tendulkar: 374 ODIs
    Jayasuria: 370
    Inzamam: 368

  25. Owais Mughal says:
    December 11th, 2006 10:55 am

    As of Dec 10, 2006

    Tendulkar: 374 ODIs
    Jayasuria: 370
    Inzamam: 369

  26. Owais Mughal says:
    December 16th, 2006 10:08 am

    As of Dec 16, 2006

    Tendulkar: 374 ODIs
    Jayasuria: 370
    Inzamam: 370

  27. Arsalan Ali says:
    December 16th, 2006 12:32 pm

    inziiiii zindabaaad !!!!!!

  28. Ghalib says:
    December 16th, 2006 11:37 pm

    when he was selected by imran khan a selector resigned in protest!inzi is a class well identified by imran as mushtaq ahmed said that soon inzi took first three balls from waqar,akram that imran said that he has found a Viv Richards fer pakistan!it proved right!1992 world cup is a prime example!indiand ridicule him coz their master blaster hasnt won them as many matches as inzi has done for pakistan!and plus indias record is poorer than pakistan in every respect!they just have the media hype the talent is wat we have!
    After Miandad i guess hes the most prolific batsman for pakistan and a gud inspirational captian!
    Mohammad Yousaf is moulding into a real class act!
    wish inzi an pakistan team round of applause!

  29. TURAB says:
    December 17th, 2006 1:20 am



  30. Owais Mughal says:
    January 1st, 2007 2:33 am

    As of Jan 1, 2007

    Tendulkar: 374 ODIs
    Jayasuria: 372
    Inzamam: 370

  31. Owais Mughal says:
    January 24th, 2007 9:38 am

    As of Jan 24, 2007

    Tendulkar 376 ODIs
    Jayasuria 375
    Inzamam 370

  32. Owais Mughal says:
    January 28th, 2007 5:10 pm

    As of Jan 27, 2007

    Tendulkar 377 ODIs
    Jayasuria 375
    Inzamam 370

  33. Owais Mughal says:
    February 4th, 2007 10:54 am

    As of Feb 4, 2007

    Tendulkar 378 ODIs
    Jayasuria 375
    Inzamam 371

  34. Owais Mughal says:
    February 8th, 2007 12:19 am

    As of Feb 7, 2007

    Tendulkar 378 ODIs
    Jayasuria 375
    Inzamam 372

  35. Owais Mughal says:
    February 8th, 2007 10:19 pm

    As of Feb 8, 2007

    Tendulkar 379 ODIs
    Jayasuria 376
    Inzamam 372

  36. Owais Mughal says:
    February 10th, 2007 7:06 pm

    As of Feb 10, 2007

    Tendulkar 379 ODIs
    Jayasuria 376
    Inzamam 373

  37. Owais Mughal says:
    February 11th, 2007 7:08 pm

    As of Feb 11, 2007

    Tendulkar 380 ODIs
    Jayasuria 377
    Inzamam 374

  38. Owais Mughal says:
    February 17th, 2007 9:10 am

    As of Feb 17, 2007

    Tendulkar 381 ODIs
    Jayasuria 379
    Inzamam 375

  39. KUCHROO says:
    February 17th, 2007 11:48 am

    today 17thfeb u aught to have seen india srilank odi at vizag at least on tv
    sehwag was in full jat element and then he had a pathetic run out
    has inzamam ever got a runout like that,u se their ancesters used to live close by

  40. March 11th, 2007 11:32 pm

    [...] It has also been reported in national press that captain Inzamam was in serious match consultation with his best friend and bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed when they were asked to evacuate. Inzamam came out and sat on the street with a face expression shown in the photo to the left. Looking at this face expression and noting that he was talking to Mushtaq before coming out reminds me of this famous sher: woh hai mushtaq aur hum bezaar [...]

  41. Owais Mughal says:
    March 13th, 2007 10:33 pm

    As of March 13, 2007

    Tendulkar 381 ODIs
    Jayasuria 379
    Inzamam 376

  42. March 18th, 2007 8:09 pm

    Inzimam announces his retirement from One Day Cricket. According to BBC:

    Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has announced his retirement from one-day international cricket.
    The 37-year-old, who made his debut in 1991, will play his 378th and final match when Pakistan complete their campaign against Zimbabwe on Wednesday.

    It has been a turbulent few days for the captain, with the team’s failure to qualify for the Super Eight phase and the tragic death of coach Bob Woolmer. “I talked with my father on the phone and decided to retire,” Inzamam said. Inzamam, who is playing in his fifth World Cup, has endured a wretched series of results at the tournament in recent times.

    After the 2003 tournament in South Africa when he scored only 19 runs in six innings, he was dismissed for only a single against minnows Ireland on Saturday, which led to his team’s shock three-wicket defeat. The burly Pakistan figurehead, speaking on Saturday night before the death of Woolmer, described that loss, and the team’s elimination from the tournament, as “the worst day of my cricketing career”.

    It was in his first World Cup, aged only 21, that he enjoyed one of his finest moments in international cricket. Batting at number five in a team captained by Imran Khan, his 42 from 35 balls helped Pakistan defeat Graham Gooch’s England in the final in Melbourne. He has scored 11,702 ODI runs at an average of 39.53, with 10 centuries and a remarkable 83 fifties.

  43. Samdani says:
    March 18th, 2007 9:22 pm

    I think the decision by Inzimam is the right one. Let us now, please leave him alone. Its a sad day, let us not make this any more angry than it needs to be.

  44. Owais Mughal says:
    March 18th, 2007 9:45 pm

    Past two days have seen too much sad action as far as Pak cricket is concerned. Latest being the retirement of Inzamam from ODIs.

    While current debacle of the team has brought the wrath to fall on Inzamam, his career as whole remains an illustrious one for Pak. he is still the most prolific run scorer for Pak in ODIs.

    I agree with Samdani that for now he should be left alone. I am very sure that defeat in WC and Woolmer’s sad demise must alsready be too depressing for the players.

    Personally i won’t be surprised, if in future the team loses few more matches then we could see President or PM requesting Inzamam to rethink his decision. This won’t be first time in histor either. Afridi and Javed Miandad both retired from ODIs in the past and the came out of the retirement.

  45. Owais Mughal says:
    March 18th, 2007 9:47 pm

    As of March 17, 2007

    Tendulkar 382 ODIs
    Jayasuria 379
    Inzamam 377

    looks like inzamam will play one more match and then this race of most experienced cricketer will continue between Tendulkar and Jayasuria

  46. naveed alam says:
    March 19th, 2007 4:22 am

    in my opinion the end of inzamam is an end which is not well suit by a great player . i solute to the career of inzam.
    win or loss is the part of game.
    but i will b more happy if he summed off his career as imran did.
    anyhow pakistan cricket future is now seems to me very blind and oblique.
    but hpe for the best
    and a message for young players
    {dil barha karo}

  47. Adeel says:
    March 19th, 2007 4:26 pm

    Although Inzimam has made decision because of continueous bad tragedies but Inzimam should play more and leave cricket with honor but not on this moment. Cricket is only a game inwhich winning/losing a game is sure. I think, All pakistanis should encourage Inzimam to fight against these problems.

  48. shakaib says:
    March 20th, 2007 1:04 pm

    What a great cricketer he was, what a sad end to his career. I always liked his down to earth personality. This is a guy who helped pakistani team to rise from the ashes after the last world cup and made it a number 3 ranking team. Hats off to him.

  49. Akif Nizam says:
    March 21st, 2007 12:34 pm

    Inzi just got out playing his final ODI inning. The following is the text commentary from

    “And he gets a big standing ovation; each Zimbabwe player jogs over to shake his hand. And as he raises his bat, his Pakistan side all come down to greet their captain who, by now, is in tears. He takes his helmet off, acknowledges the crowd while wiping the tears dry. And 15 years ago today, Inzamam scored 60 off 37 balls to help Pakistan win the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand”.

    I never like him as a captain but as a player he ranks among the top few.

  50. Samdani says:
    March 21st, 2007 12:56 pm

    I agree. Nothis biggest fan, but sad to see him go this way.

  51. Adnan Ahmad says:
    March 21st, 2007 3:00 pm

    This picture tells a thousand stories. I am sad. I wonder how he batted for as long as he did. I think the strategy for him for a situation like this was to breathe and bat.

    I think Inzamam deserves a better farewell. I don’t think I will see a bastman of his class again; someone who had shots for every situation. While growing up we used to hear commentaters say that as long as Viv Richards was on the crease anything was possible and Inzamam was in that same category simply because he had those big shots that could turn the game that many other statistical stars don’t have. Just look at the games he won for his team.

    Did any one not miss Woolmer in today’s pictures.

  52. Imran says:
    March 21st, 2007 10:22 pm

    i cant stop my tears….

    he was my best player

  53. Zuhaib says:
    March 22nd, 2007 6:07 am

    I think its a great loss for pakistan team that he has resigned from ODI’s.
    He was a man of honour. He played belligerently for pakistan in his career.
    I personally think that cricket is the game in which one ball can change the whole story, And don’t forget its a game not the war. So, for the people of pakistan, stay calm and relax. This same team will gonna rock this world (INSHALLAH). Just pray for the team because they are in real trouble and having sorrows for the coach who was like a father for them is dead.
    I would also like to share one thing that the people like SIKANDER BHAKT which are coming on air on televison channels are wrongly using the concept of freedom of speeech. There work is to pacify the people of pakistan not to stir up the people. So the message for them is to stay in their limits and don’t use their freedom which can harm someones image.

  54. Saanwal says:
    March 22nd, 2007 1:14 pm

    Inzi bahi did the right thing and at the right time

  55. March 22nd, 2007 3:49 pm

    I think INZI is a great player and I think it was sad moment for all the cricket lovers when he went on the stairs crying like anything.

    The other day I was watching the cricket show on an indian news channel where they were paying paying tribute to his accomplishments. There were old players who talked at length about his qualities of being a simple man, straightforward person on the otherhand, on the wicket he was as agressive.

    The comment they made which I really liked was that he never got that much publicity as much Sachin, Lara or even Wasim Akram got.

    I still have to see any programs on pakistani channels paying tributes to the Inzi.

    You could see his start of his career in 1992 where he shined which is in contrast with what we saw in 2007.

  56. Ghalib says:
    March 22nd, 2007 4:08 pm

    @ Adil Najam
    i would love to se a thread for inzamam with his illustarios career,his highs and lows to be posted here!he deserves an ovation being a great server of the country! i dun know how to put threads otherwise i wud have love to do so!

  57. Owais Mughal says:
    April 4th, 2007 2:01 pm

    As of April 4, 2007, Jayasuria has become the most experienced ODI player in the world

    Jayasuria 385 ODIs
    Tendulkar 384
    Inzamam 377

  58. Owais Mughal says:
    April 20th, 2007 4:53 pm

    As of April 20, 2007:

    Jayasuria 388 ODIs
    Tendulkar 384
    Inzamam 377

  59. johannes says:
    May 6th, 2007 5:55 am

    am a south african citizen and am also touched by the death of BOB,appreciate what pakistan is trying to do by naming a certain stadium by the name of BOB, than k you very much,on the issue of inzamum leave him alone so that he can make up his mind

  60. Owais Mughal says:
    May 8th, 2007 4:52 pm

    As of May 8, 2007:

    Jayasuria 390 ODIs
    Tendulkar 384
    Inzamam 377

  61. basit says:
    August 30th, 2007 11:58 am

    hez a good player but he should look after hiz healt…dats not suits to a player…!!

  62. Owais Mughal says:
    January 22nd, 2008 10:35 am

    As of Jan 22, 2008, players with the highest appearence in ODIs are:

    1. Tendulkar: 407 ODIs
    2. Jayasuria: 403 ODIs,
    3. Inzamam: 378 ODIs
    4. Wasim Akram: 356 ODIs
    5. Azharuddin: 334 ODIs
    6. Dravid: 333 ODIs
    7. S Waugh: 325 ODIs
    8. Ganguly: 311 ODIs
    9. A DeSilva: 308 ODIs
    10. Vaas: 305 ODIs

  63. Owais Mughal says:
    February 21st, 2009 9:07 am

    As of Feb 21, 2009:

    1. Jayasuriya: 432 ODIs
    2. Tendulkar: 422 ODIs
    3. Inzamam-ul-Haq: 378 ODIs
    4. Wasim Akram: 356 ODIs
    5. Azharuddin: 334 ODIs
    6. Dravid: 334 ODIs
    7. Muralitharan: 329 ODIs
    8. S Waugh: 325 ODIs
    9. C Vaas: 322 ODIs
    10. S Ganguly: 311 ODIs

  64. pakman says:
    December 5th, 2009 12:53 am

    We need Inzi back in side specially Test Matches..

  65. April 10th, 2010 1:00 pm

    I think we should take inzimam back as caption. he can still play

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