We will miss you Inzamam-ul-Haq!

Posted on October 12, 2007
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By Syed Ahsan Ali

It seems as if all good things in Pakistan cricket come to an abrupt halt with mind-boggling false shots. Whether it was Misbah-ul-haq’s nudge over fine-leg in pursuit of last five runs against India or like today where Inzamam-ul-Haq ‘s career came to an end.

Inzimam Retires Farewell

Pakistan’s finest batting talent bade farewell to the game at the Gaddafi Stadium today missing out on Javed Miandad ’s record of Pakistan’s leading run-getter by just 3 runs. Inzamam achieved a wide range of fame in his 17 year-long-career. It included success, allegations, honor of captaincy, pride of spearheading Pakistan’s batting line-up, victory of 1992 World Cup, despondency of 2003 and 2007 World Cup fiasco, death of intimate friend Bob Woolmer and exceptional reception from Pakistan Cricket Board on retirement which must have been seen by many former cricketers as an enviable spectacle.

He left us all cricket lovers with memories of a batting talent which comes once in a lifetime. His dominance against fast bowlers, his serenity in pressure-cooker situations against all odds, his ability of pacing up his innings in limited over cricket, his lazy but dazzling stroke-making will tease many. He will be missed in the future whenever Pakistan will be looking for a magical performance to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Inzamam had quickly established himself at the very start of his career as the mainstay of Pakistan. Imran Khan still considers him the best player of fast bowling ever produced by Pakistan. An incident regarding his fearlessness against the ferocious fast bowling comes to my mind which Ramiz Raja told in an interview. In 1994-95 season, Pakistan was playing a side match and facing chin-music from a young and terrorizing rookie named Brad Williams. Williams tried to impress everybody with his blistering pace and bounced three batsmen out including Ramiz. This saw Inzamam coming out on the crease to face the raging pace and bounce. Willaims welcomed him with a bouncer which Inzamam avoided at the last moment. That made Willaims even bolder and he tried to bowl another bouncer which Inzamam hooked for a sixer. It hit Williams’s ego very harshly. He tried again and Inzi thrashed him for yet another sixer and then hit two more sixers consecutively without even giving impression of any difficulty. Williams came close to gently-lumbering Inzi and said something abusive which Inzamam replied immediately in his eloquent English:

“Oh, You! what do you bowl? Off-Spinner”.

That spontaneous piece of wit made Williams exceedingly embarrassed because those remarks were enjoyed fully by his colleagues too.

Inzamam showed a phenomenal span of cricketing prowess whether it was ODIs or Test cricket. A Test run aggregate of 8830 runs, 25 hundreds (17 match-winning ones), an average of 49.60, and pride of representing Pakistan in 120 Tests can just be few glimpses of one scintillating career. Equally exhilarating show was in the shorter version of the game with 378 games, 11739 runs with 10 hundreds and 83, yes 83 fifties are the figures which could easily make many giants of modern day cricket look dwarfs.

This is not an over-statement that we will miss Inzamam. It is not just because he was a great cricketer but he was also a fine ambassador of Pakistan and cricket. We definitely need more characters like him in the team. Well done, big man! We are proud of you.

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20 responses to “We will miss you Inzamam-ul-Haq!”

  1. umair aslam says:

    inzy bhai we miss u tooooooooo much. please come back. pakistan team is just like an orphan without you. you are the backbone of pakistan cricket. pakistan team can not perform without you. they dont know how to play without you. you are the real hero of pakistan. we proud to have you.

    “EAST OR WEST INZY IS THE BEST”
    love you inzy bhai and will miss you for all times.

  2. Ali says:

    At the moment it feels like the heart of pakistan has gone. A true legend who played with all his heart and poured it out for pakistan. Yes I miss u, I dearly do. I really admired and i am a great fan of him and will always remeber what he did to make our country proud, he was always stood up to our problems. But at the moment our cricket is all over the place and it just not feel write the passion is gone, but i am sure the passion will return because i felt the same feeling when Waqar and Wasim bhai left. Everybody has to go but some are remembered more than others. I really miss him because since i have been watching cricket which is about 11 years ago players he was there and always has, the ways he came out to bat under any circumstance he played his best. I am a bot worrried as Pakistan are concerned because at this moment we have nobody in the team to make lift the spirit up. We need a new coach somebody like Wasim or Inzi then the team would spring back to life.

  3. umair aslam says:

    inzamam-ul-haq the name of confidence. the person having a different personality, unique name, unique mind, unique talent and definately great record. inzi bhai i was the crazy about cricket. but now i dont like to watch cricket any more because the classic inzi is not available there. inzi was the player who had extraordinary talent about cricket. he was the pressure cooker of pakistan cricket. inzi we can not forget your all the innings played under huge and massive pressure. sachin is also desireful to perform under pressure but he can not do like you. because inzi is only one. today i agree about this fact that inzamam is the most greatest batsman of pakistan history. he is great then javed miandad. i am saying these words because i have proof he is in number 3 in history of cricket after sir viv richards and steve waugh who mostly played under pressure. these 3 were the players who has most wining rate.
    inzi i will just say that you are the “FATHER OF PAKISTAN CRICKET” i proud of you big man.
    love you and wish you all the best in future
    we will miss you whenever the pakistan team will be struggling and looking for inzamam.
    thanks inzi bhai for you excellent and exceptional 17 years services for pakistan cricket.

  4. madness about cricket says:

    we love u inzi but we miss u so much in cricket & in specialy in stadium. advise 4 u be always happy and alwas smiling like cute bunny BEST OF LUCK 4 EVER***

  5. Emi says:

    Inzy Bhai lion of Pakistan and he is agreat batsman in the world i also a crickter and i try play like inzy bhai all the cricket fans very miss him he is the greatest captain in pakistan after Imran khan. S.Tendulkar is only a batsman in his team but Inzy was a back bone and match winner player God give him a golden gift in the form of his great batting style

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