On This Day: Jun 28, 1970 - Wily leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed was born


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Feb 4, 2005
He turns 43 today.

A product of the U-19 system, Mushtaq Ahmed had impressed many early on his career and that earned him a call to the national team in 1989.

Mushtaq Ahmed made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in March 1989 and his Test debut in Jan 1990. He was deeply inspired and looked up to Abdul Qadir and coincidentally was also his successor as Pakistan's main leg-spinner for over a decade.

Mushtaq Ahmed was of the bowlers who did well overseas in particular in England and Australia. It is important to note here that he played a vital part in Pakistan's overall success in the 1992 World Cup, picking up 16 wickets in the tournament and became the second highest wicket of the tournament, just behind teammate Wasim Akram.

Beyond just international cricket, Mushtaq Ahmed had numerous successful stints as part of various county teams including Surrey, Sussex, and Somerset.

As Mushtaq Ahmed became out favor among selectors in 2002, he went to playing county cricket on a more regular basis.

A few years later in 2008, Mushtaq Ahmed was appointed England's spin coach in 2008.

Here's wishing Mushy a very happy birthday!

Mr. Mushy! Happy Birthday to the most lovable English coach.
I loved the way he bamboozled every one in WC1992 - then onto England for more fun and games.
On This Day: Mushtaq Ahmed was born in Sahiwal

On this day 1970 Mushtaq Ahmed was born in Sahiwal. Mushy played 52 Tests & 144 ODIs for Pakistan
28th June, 1970 : Pakistan leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed was born

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">On this day 1970, Mushtaq Ahmed was born in Sahiwal. <br>On this day 1985, Wahab Riaz was born in Lahore. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cricket?src=hash">#Cricket</a> <a href="https://t.co/DPJP8Rejag">pic.twitter.com/DPJP8Rejag</a></p>— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saj_PakPassion/status/747766442305658880">June 28, 2016</a></blockquote>
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Mushtaq played 52 Tests and 144 ODIs for Pakistan, picking up 185 and 161 wickets respectively in both formats. He played a key role in Pakistan's 1992 World Cup win, contributing well in the last five matches which Pakistan won consecutively; he picked up the key wickets of Gooch and Hick in the final. He also performed memorably on tours of England and Australia, and has now taken up coaching.
Let's take a look back at the highlight of his career:

Happy birthday Mushy!