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Yes he mesmerized the Aussie batters at home in the 1982 autumn. so for the 1983 -84 series the Aus didn’t take any chance, and filled their batting top order with left handers.

When Imran Khan became the Pakistan Test captain

Of course, the relationship between Imran and Majid was badly dented following this captaincy issue. Majid made it to the team for the Eng tour, but with Mohsin & Mudassar being prolific against the county teams, he didn’t feature in the first two tests. He batted at No.6 in the 3rd test at Headingley, but only managed 21 & 10. Still, he overtook Hanif as Pak’s leading run getter.
He was out of the team after that; but with the series against India already won, he was given a chance in the 5th test Lahore, so that he could reach the 4000 run mark. But, batting at No. 3, he was out for a duck; one of the 8 victims of Kapil Dev in the innings.

When Imran Khan became the Pakistan Test captain

Like a lot of other things in Pak cricket, Imran becoming captain was also a bit controversial issue.
Following the 1981 -82 tour down under, the senior players were unhappy with the captaincy of Javed. so, under the leadership of Majid they revolted and refused to play under Javed in the home series against new boyz SL. The issue was resolved before the 3rd test as Javed declared that he would step down.
At this stage everyone believed that Majid would be next captain. Who ever decided to give Imran the arm band did a great service to Pak cricket

When Imran Khan became the Pakistan Test captain

Yes, WSC had a big influence on him. He himself told how watching videos of Andy Roberts and Holding in action helped him improve his own bowling action.

When Imran Khan became the Pakistan Test captain

Yes, the Kiwis were good. Last year I wrote an article here about the unsung heroes of Kiwi cricket at the time.
But Kiwis mostly did well at home against WI; Imran’s Pak came very close to wining the series in Windies in 1988.

When Imran Khan became the Pakistan Test captain

Zaheer Abbas played his last test match at his hometown Sialkot, the 2nd test of the 3 match series against SL. Javed was the captain, but Imran was soon to take over for his 2nd spell as Pak captain; and was the de facto leader.

When Imran Khan became the Pakistan Test captain

The Bangalore victory to record Paks only test series victory in India has now become a part of Pak cricketing folklore.
Interestingly, according to an interview I read many years before, Abdul Qadir claimed that it was Qasim, not Qadir, who was dropped initially, Qasim was Qadir’s very good friend, and Qadir learned that Qasim was so disappointed that he was about to declare his retirement. So, Qadir requested Imran to make the changes.
It’s worth mentioning that normally you get 3/4 versions of any story related to sub continent cricket.

When Imran Khan became the Pakistan Test captain

Thanks. I think all successful captains need a bit of luck.

When Imran Khan became the Pakistan Test captain

Brilliant.
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The Liebke Report Card, Sri Lanka vs Australia first Test: Superhuman skipper, stoic Smudge

It seems that Daryl Mitchell & Tom Blundell wants to join my ‘loser’ series.
3-0 wnhitewash
Mitchell
3 hundreds and 2 fifties
Blundell 1 hundred and 3 fifties.

Graham Gooch's greatest knocks in defeat

I think Dickie Bird was the umpire who gave Gooch out in the Old Trafford test.

Graham Gooch's greatest knocks in defeat

NZ at 7? Must be a big fall. Ageing team perhaps.

A new leaf for English cricket

Highly interesting article. I have watched the Kiwi series with keen interest. Bit disappointed that the Kiwis have looked below par. The India test should be a bigger test.
Certainly has enjoyed the aggressive approach. Pope at the moment looks good for no.3 slot. Problems in opening though.

A new leaf for English cricket

296 is the Eng Target.
Good chance that they reach the target this evening.

Zimbabwe's all-time Test XI

Off topic
Rare failure for Daryl Mitchell this summer; getting out for 56.

Zimbabwe's all-time Test XI

Kevin Curran was a fine all rounder in the 1980s.

An all-rounder from Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's all-time Test XI

Nice article.
Any plans to form Bangladesh’s All time Xi?

Zimbabwe's all-time Test XI

Now I remember, in 1981 it hosted pro wrestling.

What is the sporting capital of the world?

Don’t know about the sporting capital of the word, but when it comes to venue, I thing it’s very difficult to beat the Dacca Stadium ,no known as the ‘Bangabandhu National Stadium’ in Dhaka.
The stadium was originally built as a cricket venue, and it hosted Pakistan’s first ever home test, against India, starting on the new years day of 1995. In 2000 it hosed the inaugural test in Bangladesh cricket history. In 2011, it hosed the opening ceremony of the 2011 WC.
However, very soon after it’s building it became a regular soccer venue. In 1985, it hosted Bangladesh’s first ever home WC qualifier against India.
In 2011, it hosted friendly match between Argentina and Nigeria.
It hosted the 1985 Asia Cup Hockey tournament.
It has also hosted Volleyball, Athletics and Boxing events.
I am sure I have missed one or two other sports.

What is the sporting capital of the world?

The last sentence regarding Mumbai seems very unclear to me. No doubt, Mumbai is the cricket capital, even more impressive than MI success at IPlL is Mumbai’s record in Ranji trophy.
But Calcutta was the traditional venue for Football( soccer) .
In hockey and many other sports the ex maharaj’s played a big part. Specially the house of Patiala played in big part in Indian sports.

What is the sporting capital of the world?

off topic: The Ranji trophy final has started today at Bangalore between Mumbai & Madhya Pradesh (MP).
If MP wins it will be a news; if Mumbai wins I don’t think nobody will care. .

Sunil Gavaskar's greatest knocks in defeat

yes. His job was made harder by the fact that the spinners wer largely ineffective and Binny was unfit to bowl.
yet, at the end of the match, he came for criticism from the media for his decision to field first in an underprepared wicket.

Sunil Gavaskar's greatest knocks in defeat

I think Jo Angel was taller than Julien. But Angel was a right armer. Many expected him to play against NZ at WACA in 1993. Instead the selectors went for a rookie, named Glen McGrath.

West Indies all-time Test XI

* 19 opening partners in 16 years.
Bad typo

Sunil Gavaskar's greatest knocks in defeat

One big problem for Sunny was that he never had a steady opening partner. In total he had in 18 years. during the 1974 tour to eng he had 3 different openers in 3 tests. I once wrote an article here on that

A Test XI of Sunil Gavaskar’s opening partners


To make matter worse, the middle order was very brittle in the 70s. Vishy was fine at 4, but no one looked settled at no. 3
Vengsarkar came good in the 1978-79, but he was a makeshift one. He had problems against genuine pace and he was aware of it. Mohinder Amarnath emerged in 1983 as a solid but unspectacular No 3. Vengsarkar moved to 4 as Vishy was dropped.

Sunil Gavaskar's greatest knocks in defeat

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