[VIDEO] On This Day April 20th, 1994: Inzamam-ul-Haq scores his ODI best 137* in record stand

Gotham Cronie

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New Zealand must have been wondering what they ever did to Inzamam-ul-Haq as him and Aamer Sohail put on a record 263 runs for the 2nd wicket in the 2nd Semi-Final of the Pepsi Austral-Asia Cup.

After New Zealand elected to field in Sharjah, they took the first wicket of Saeed Anwar when he fell for 37 and Pakistan were 57-1. It might have been better if they didn't take that wicket at all as that brought Inzamam to the crease who was hungry for runs.

263 runs were added in 42 runs between him and Aamer Sohail. Sohail finished on 134 off 146 balls, Inzamam on a then Pakistan record 137* from 129 balls. What is even more amazing is that neither player hit a single six!

  • The 263 run partnership was an ODI record for any wicket at that time.
  • It is still Pakistan's highest ODI partnership for any wicket.
  • To this day, it is the 7th highest ODI partnership for any wicket.
  • To this day, it is the 3rd highest ODI partnership for the 2nd wicket.

Pakistan finished on 328/2 in 50 overs, won by 62 runs, and advanced to the Final vs. India which they would also go on to win.
 
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Class player - should have batted a lot higher up the order in one day cricket though. He would have scored many more 100s imo.
 
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Amazing striking power from both - happy days for Pakistan cricket!
 
Class player - should have batted a lot higher up the order in one day cricket though. He would have scored many more 100s imo.

I agree with this completely. For those of us old enough to have followed his career, we know that this man was truly one of the best to have ever played the game. Barbar Azam is the first player produced by Pakistan since Inzi who can win you a game from any position in any format. Inzi's ability to absorb pressure always left everyone around him in awe.

I agree with you that he should have batted higher up the order - probably 3 rather than 5. For most of his career, Inzi rescued Pakistan from disasterous collapses. If he'd not been so reluctant to bat up the order, he could have prevented those disasters in the first place.
 
I agree with this completely. For those of us old enough to have followed his career, we know that this man was truly one of the best to have ever played the game. Barbar Azam is the first player produced by Pakistan since Inzi who can win you a game from any position in any format. Inzi's ability to absorb pressure always left everyone around him in awe.

I agree with you that he should have batted higher up the order - probably 3 rather than 5. For most of his career, Inzi rescued Pakistan from disasterous collapses. If he'd not been so reluctant to bat up the order, he could have prevented those disasters in the first place.

Yes a great player for pakistan One of the v few you knew if he was there at the end he would win you the game

Its just a shame he didnt have the desire n hunger to kick on and push himself out of his comfort n aim to be the very best version he could be

He shouldve batting higher up the order, got fit n hungrier to score more runs n tons than he did He wouldve been even a bigger match winner than he was

Shouldve easily avged mid 50s with bat in tests and mid 40s in odis with 20 odi tons if he wasnt as lazy n unfit as he was
 
Must have been a match to watch live!
 
Surprising that for such a prolific ODI player his high score of 137* is quite modest.
 
I agree with this completely. For those of us old enough to have followed his career, we know that this man was truly one of the best to have ever played the game. Barbar Azam is the first player produced by Pakistan since Inzi who can win you a game from any position in any format. Inzi's ability to absorb pressure always left everyone around him in awe.

I agree with you that he should have batted higher up the order - probably 3 rather than 5. For most of his career, Inzi rescued Pakistan from disasterous collapses. If he'd not been so reluctant to bat up the order, he could have prevented those disasters in the first place.


I feel like Inzy was a much more impactful player than Babar is. Inzy could turn a game around and win you games at a total different level to Babar.

Thing is inzy has 83 50’s but not many hundreds. He should have had at least 30 hundreds. He had more than enough talent and skill to do it but I feel like his fitness had let him down. That shows clearly in his conversion rate
 
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