Imran Khan was the finest cricketer Pakistan has ever produced and the biggest heartthrob. It all started in 1971. A 19 years old charming boy with handsome looks was a surprising member of the Pakistan team, scheduled to play against England.
Imran Khan Test Debut
Imran khan made his Test debut at the age of 19 vs. England in the 1st Test, of Birmingham, in June 1971. Imran scored 5 runs in the first Test inning before he run out. Imran khan bowled 23 overs, 9 maidens, and conceded 36 runs with no wicket. In the second innings, Imran bowled 5 over at the cost of 19 runs with no wicket.
Unfortunately, he didn’t pick his first test wicket in his first test match. This high-scoring Test match was drawn. So, Imran’s presence was felt only in the match by taking Ken Shuttleworth’s catch off Pervaiz Sajjad Bowling. After that, he was dropped, and on sidelines for the three years.
Imran Khan First Test Wicket
He was lucky to be again part of the Pakistan squad touring England in 1974. In the First Test of Leed’s, he scored 23 runs in the first innings and pick up his first test wicket of Tony Greig with the support of Wasim Bari, who took the catch behind the wickets. Indeed, this was a joyful moment for any bowler to open his test wicket account.
Chris Old was his 2nd victim of the match when Asif Masood takes a nice catch. Overall his bowling analysis was 2 for 55 runs. In the second innings, he also made 33 runs and the wicket of John Edrich was caught by Sadiq Muhammad.
Imran Khan’s One-day International debut and First ODI Wicket
Imran Khan also made his ODI debut against England on the same tour, in the 1st ODI, at Nottingham, 31st August 1974. He cost 36 runs in his 10 overs and didn’t pick any wicket like in his first Test match. Imran Khan took his first ODI wicket in the 2nd match of the series played at Birmingham, September 03, 1974. Imran Khan took his first ODI wicket when he clean-bowled England captain Mike Denness. The 2nd victim of Imran was Geoff Arnold. His bowling analysis was 7 over 2 maidens 16 runs and 2 wickets.
Later on, he never looks back and emerged as an energetic gallop to the crease, a gazelle’s leap, and a projectile swerving around the clueless bat, headed as anticipated towards the base of the stumps and his remarkable achievements beyond the cricketing realm.