3 players who played test cricket for India and Pakistan
Test cricket is one of the purest forms of the sport and ever since the game's inception, a number of quality players have graced the sport. Over the years, cricket has produced a number of rivalries, but none in comparison to the one between India and Pakistan.
Ever since the division of both nations, the competition between India and Pakistan has become a fierce rivalry. With both the countries' reputation on the lines, the players have ensured that no stone is unturned in their contribution to the team's victory.
Yet, a couple of years leading into the partition and for a period after, a few cricketers did feature for both countries, prior to settling down in either of the two countries thereafter. Heere is a look at three players who represented both India and Pakistan in the test cricket format.
#3 Amir Elahi
One of the players who enjoyed good success on the national circuit, Elahi had considerable success. He was an imperative part of Baroda in India's local circuit and enjoyed resounding success, picking up 193 wickets an average of an average of 24.72.
Later, Amir became a citizen of Pakistan. After Pakistan got test status in 1952-53, he played five matches and scalped seven wickets for them. At the age of 44, he played his last test game against India.
The leg-break bowler didn't have a long career, but Amir finished his career as one of the oldest cricket players in the game, at the age of 44. In 1947, he made his first and last appearance against Australia for India but not bowl a single over.
#2 Abdul Hafeez Kardar
The first thing that comes to one's mind is 'The father of Pakistan Cricket' when you hear this name. He is considered to be one of the deadliest left-arm spinners and apart from his accuracy with the bat, his batting was labeled as a treat to watch.
Abdul represented India against England. In that series, however, he could not produce much impact. He migrated to Pakistan after independence. In 1952, the southpaw became Pakistan's first captain. His debut match for Pakistan was against India.
He represented Pakistan for 23 tests and later became a manager. He received the ‘Pride of Performance Award’ from the Pakistan government in 1958 and called time on his career with 927 runs and 21 wickets from 26 test matches.