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5 Pakistani players who had a great first-class career but failed to shine in Tests

  • Players who were prolific in domestic cricket but failed on the international stage.
Prasenjit Dey
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 10:17 IST

#2 Intikhab Alam

Intikhab Alam - Pakistan : News Photo
Alam was one of the most prolific performers in domestic cricket

Can you imagine a player with 1571 wickets and 14331 runs? No?! But believe me, these are the bowling and batting numbers of Intikhab Alam in first-class cricket. He played a total of 489 first-class matches but when it came to representing his country in Tests, he could play only 47 games, scoring 1473 runs and taking 125 wickets; just about 10% of his first-class numbers.

He captained Pakistan in 17 Tests and made them a force to reckon with in both home and away matches. While his numbers in Test cricket may give the impression that he was not that successful in the international arena, one should remember that Alam belonged to the 1960/70 era when not much international cricket was played.

Published 04 Apr 2017, 16:11 IST
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