Imran Farhat Biography
Imran Farhat is a left-handed batsman, who played as an opener for Pakistan national team. Born on 20 May 1982 in Karachi, Farhat played 201 first-class matches and 203 List-A matches.
He has scored 13,725 runs and has taken 113 wickets in his 201 first class appearances. The former Pakistan international has played 40 Tests, 58 ODIs, and seven T20Is in a career of 15 years.
Farhat started playing domestic cricket at the age of 15 and represented the Pakistan U19 side and the A team. Imran’s brother, Humayun Farhat, has also played international cricket for Pakistan.
Imran showed great potential in his youth and looked to cement his position as an opener for the team.
Imran received national team call ups after his domestic stint. He made his ODI debut against New Zealand in February 2001. His test debut was against the same opponents in March 2001.
Farhat failed to repeat his domestic form in the international matches and was dropped from the side, only to be selected again in the 2003-04 season after impressive knocks in the domestic matches.
Rise to Glory
Farhat played in an ODI-only series against New Zealand in December 2003 and scored three half-centuries along with his second international century, ending with 348 runs at a batting average of 69.60. Pakistan won the series 5-0.
He scored 128 runs against South Africa in October 2003, which remains his best test score till date. His 101 against India in 2004 helped his side win the match by 9 wickets.
Farhat’s performances dropped in the subsequent matches with him managing to pass fifty only twice in four Tests- two against Sri Lanka and two against Australia.
Imran had been dropped from the ODI side following the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy in September 2004 as he had failed to pass 40 with any of his last ten innings.
With the emergence of Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, and Asad Shafiq, his time at the international level was cut short.
Imran Farhat announced his retirement from international cricket in January 2016. He continues to play domestic cricket with the Habibi Bank in the Masters’ League.