Imran Nazir Biography
Imran Nazir is a former Pakistani cricketer, who played as an opening batsman in all three formats of the game. Nazir was born on 16 December 1981 in the Pakistani city of Gujranwala.
Nazir started playing cricket during his teenage years and was an eminent cricketer domestically.
Nazir launched himself to international cricket in the year 1999, when he played his first Test match against Sri Lanka in Lahore.
Also, his ODI debut was against Sri Lanka in India, in 1999.
In 2002, he established himself in the Pakistan team, with his magnificent performances leading him to become the first-choice opening batsman for Pakistan.
Rise to Glory
In the year 2007, in the One Day International against South Africa, Nazir scored 57 runs from just 39 deliveries which created a good impact on the Pakistan national selectors.
Nazir made it to Pakistan's squad for the 2007 World Cup and scored 160 runs against Zimbabwe in Pakistan's last match during the World Cup.
It was the eighth-highest score by a batsman in World Cup history and his 8 sixes equaled the then World Cup record held by Australian batsman, Ricky Ponting.
Nazir has scored centuries against West Indies and New Zealand in Test cricket and also against Zimbabwe in ODI cricket. He was declared the Man of the Match in the year 2000 when Pakistan was playing against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh for his splendid batting performance.
Nazir’s chances to play for Pakistan deteriorated when he signed up for the Indian Cricket League, but however, he returned to the main squad after he dissociated himself from the now-defunct rebel league.