Saeed Anwar is a former Pakistani cricketer who has even served as the captain of the Pakistan Men’s National Cricket Team. He was born on the 6th of September, 1968 in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.
The left-handed batsman holds the record of scoring the most number of centuries in One Day International Cricket for Pakistan with a tally of 20.
Anwar’s family shows an inclination towards cricket. His father, a businessman, played cricket at the club level. His brother, Jawed, played for the Lahore Under-19 cricket team. He graduated to become a computer engineer, and it was during this time that Saeed started playing cricket.
This prompted him to start playing first List A cricket and then first class cricket before making his international debut.
Anwar made his Test Debut against West Indies in Faisalabad in the November of 1990. His performance was extremely disappointing as he scored a duck in both the innings. The match ended with the West Indies achieving a victory by seven wickets.
His ODI debut came a year later, against the same opposition at Perth.
This was similar to the Test debut as he managed to score only 3 runs, and West Indies won the match.
Rise To Glory
Anwar turned out to be a flamboyant cricketer and despite a disappointing debut he turned out to be an immediate success in ODIs.
He is known for his elegant strokeplay. He was named Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1997.
Anwar is a member of the exclusive club of batsmen who have scored three successive hundreds in ODIs. He achieved this by scoring centuries against Sri Lanka, West Indies and Sri Lanka in the 1993 Champions Cup in Sharjah.
Anwar was a very poor fielder. His batting also showed signs of slow footwork which cost him on multiple occasions. He was injury prone too, something that disturbed his momentum.
He took a break from cricket after the death of his daughter to a prolonged illness. This made him break down mentally. Upon his return, he was only a shadow of his previous self, and he was dropped from the squad.
Anwar had an average of 45.19 in First Class Cricket with 30 centuries and 51 half centuries and a highest score of 221.
He even took 9 wickets in his career, with three of them coming from the same match.
Anwar’s captaincy was mediocre, at best and very short lived. He captained Pakistan for a seven test matches and eleven One Day Internationals.
Anwar was dropped from the squad just after his return to cricket in 2003 due to his poor performances. This prompted him to retire from international cricket.