With his effortless strokeplay & immaculate timing, Saeed Anwar was like no other bat who donned a Pakistan jersey.
Anwar scored big 100s often graced by his silken style, He could shift gears easily & give consistent starts, which become the hallmark of his success.
He has scored most hundreds for Pakistan in ODI’s. His 194 against India in 1997 was an ODI record high score for over 12 years.
An opener who gave electrifying starts and devasted bowling attacks, Anwar is considered one of the greatest opening batsmen Pakistan ever produced.
The prolific left-handed batsman was born on September 6, 1968, in Karachi. He did not rely on strength but played with instincts and placed the ball in the gaps.
Opting to take a break from the game after the death of his daughter in August 2001, he was a lesser force when he came back, though he still managed a hundred against India in the 2003 World Cup.
His batting prowess on the wane, Anwar finally announced his retirement just before Pakistan’s home series against Bangladesh.
Moreover, Saeed Anwar held the record for the highest ODI score till Sachin Tendulkar upstaged him, and on his day he was one of the most gracefully compelling players on the international stage.
Saeed Anwar's 140 Against Ind 1998. pic.twitter.com/pBr2pWSTzg
— Taimoor Zaman (@taimoor_ze) September 3, 2020
Saeed Anwar in @cricketworldcup:
❇️ 915 runs
❇️ Three hundreds and three fifties
❇️ 53.82 average
On his birthday, watch the brilliant 113* in the 1999 semi-final v New Zealand, which helped Pakistan chase down 242 with nine wickets to spare 📽️ pic.twitter.com/05W5tyFwCa
— ICC (@ICC) September 6, 2020
Easily, easily my all-time favourite opening batsman. I still bat left-handed in backyard cricket, because he’s irreplaceable.
— Rav Man (@rav_man0) September 6, 2020