Cricket is the most famous sport in Southern Asia. Inzamam-ul-Haq is one of the most famous cricketers of Pakistan. He made a name for himself as a coveted player in an era dominated by legendary players like Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly. He was a member of the Pakistani team which won the 1992 World Cup. He was relatively a new player at that time however the captain Imran Khan handpicked him for the tournament. Though he had weight issues, later on in his career, he would hardly take doubles or triples and would score most of his runs by boundaries. He retired in 2007 after Pakistan failed to qualify for the second stage of the 2007 World Cup held in the West Indies.
Inzamam-ul-Haq was born on Tuesday, 3 March 1970 (age 52 years; as of 2022) in Multan, Pakistan. His family used to live in Hansi, a town in modern-day Haryana, India, however, moved to Pakistan during the 1947 partition. He belongs to a religious family and adopted the Islamic religion during his childhood. His zodiac sign is Pisces. Not much is known about his basic schooling however he completed his graduation from Government Emerson College Multan. He is also a prominent member of the Tablighi Jamaat of Pakistan. He played for the Multan team in the Under-19 division. Almost everyone in his family is a cricket lover, hence he also started playing and was a very good bowler in his growing years however he gave up bowling completely and started practising batting. He scored 3 hundreds in the first 3 first-class matches he played.
Height (approx.): 6′ 3″
Weight (approx.): 85 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Inzamam-ul-Haq belongs to a religious Islamic family.
Parents & Siblings
His father was Intizam-ul-Haq. Not much is known about his profession however he was also a cricket lover and also a survivor of partition. He visited their hometown in India twice, in 1962 and in 2005. Not much is known about his mother. He is the youngest among his 4 brothers and sister. Their eldest brother is Ehteram-ul-Haq, an English professor at Hussain Islamia Degree College Multan. The second and third brother is Insaram-ul-Haq and Intizar-ul-Haq respectively, local businessmen at Multan. Although his sister’s name is unknown, his Brother-in-Law is Maghfoor-ul-Haq Taabish, a businessman and son of famous musician Mansoor Taabish. The fourth brother is Ikhtasar-ul-Haq, who lives in England. His nephew, Imam-ul-Haq also plays in the Pakistan National Cricket team.
Wife & Children
His wife’s name is Kashifa-ul-Haq and the pair has 2 children, a son, Ibtasam-ul-Haq and a daughter, Amina-ul-Haq, who recently got married to Mohsin Masood, son of famous businessman Malik Muhammad Masood Khokhar of Sargodha.
Inzamam-ul-haq with his wife
Inzamam-ul-Haq(standing) with his son-in-law and daughter at her wedding
He follows Islam and is a devout Muslim.
He is a Syed Sunni Muslim.
He lives in Multan, Pakistan.
He made his test debut on 04 June 1992 against England at Edgbaston, England.
He made his ODI debut on 22 November 1991 against West Indies at Gaddafi Stadium, Pakistan.
He played his only T20 match on 28 August 2006 against England at County ground, England.
He played his last test match on 08 October 2007 against South Africa at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
He played his last ODI match on 21 March 2007 against Zimbabwe at Sabina Park, West Indies.
Test Cricket Career
After playing in his debut series against England, he was dropped as he looked shaky towards seam bowling. He started working on his batting and became ICC Test Batsman no.1 in 1995. Then he played against all test-playing nations and made 329 runs in a match against New Zealand in Lahore. He scored 184 in his 100th test match and has the highest average for any Pakistani player in winning matches.
Inzamam-ul-haq during a test match
ODI Cricket Career
After making his debut against West Indies, he went on to become the highest runscorer for Pakistan. He played in 5 world cups and displayed all types of shot-playing abilities. He held the record for most ODI fifties which was later broken by Sachin Tendulkar.
Inzamam-ul-haq during 2007 world cup
1992 World Cup
He played at different positions as per the requirements of the team however he stamped his authority in Pakistan Cricket by hitting 60 runs in just 37 balls against New Zealand in the crucial semi-final match. New Zealand captain Martin Crowe said,
“The game was ours till Inzamam came out with that glorious hitting. Pakistan had to go for the big shots, and Inzamam took it upon himself to hit out.”
Wasim Akram said about his semi-final match-winning knock,
“The night before, Inzy had high fever and had been throwing up all night, so he went to Imran Khan and said, ‘I’ve got fever and I don’t think I can play.’ Imran said: ‘Inzy, don’t think about anything else, just think how you are going to play this game.”
About the world cup win, Inzamam said in an interview,
“The victory in the 1992 World Cup changed Pakistan cricket. A number of cricketers from that side turned out to be role models and inspiration for the younger generation. Collectively, they proved to be a force to be reckoned with, I think it was the best era in which I played cricket. We defeated almost every team in Test and ODI arena on a regular basis.”
Inzamam also praised captain Imran Khan and said in an interview,
“Imran (bhai) was not a very technical captain, but he knew how to get the most out of his players. He backed the young players, he backed the players he believed in and this made him a great captain. He would not drop any player if he failed in one series as he believed in giving the player a long rope and this the biggest reason why everyone in the side respected him so much.”
Inzamam-ul-Haq playing against New Zealand in the 1992 World Cup
Captain of Pakistan
He was the Captain of the Pakistan team in 30 tests and was respected by all. Coach Bob Woolmer even said that most players listen to Inzamam more than him. He performed well as a batsman while being a captain as his average was higher when he was the captain compared to when he was not.
Chief Selector of Pakistan and Head Coach of Afghanistan
He joined Afghanistan National team as head coach in late 2015 however when Pakistan Cricket Board hired him as Chief selector in 2016, he came and selected the winning Pakistani team for Asia Cup 2017. He left the post in 2019.
Inzamam-ul-Haq as Afghanistan Head Coach
Inzamam wearing his ODI jersey number 8
- He has the highest ODI runs by any Pakistani player 11739 runs.
- He has the highest number of the Fifties in Test Cricket and ODI Cricket by Pakistani Batsman, 46 and 83 respectively.
- He has the most runs by any Pakistani player in international cricket.
Matches – 120
Innings – 200
Runs – 8830
Not Out – 22
Balls faced – 16345
Average – 49.60
Strike Rate – 54.02
Highest Score – 329 v New Zealand
100s – 25
50s – 46
4s – 1105
6s – 48
One Day Internationals
Matches – 378
Innings – 350
Runs – 11739
Not Out – 53
Balls faced – 15812
Average – 39.52
Strike Rate – 74.24
Highest Score – 137* v New Zealand
100s – 10
50s – 83
4s – 971
6s – 144
Matches – 1
Innings – 1
Runs – 11
Not Out – 1
Balls faced – 15
Average – –
Strike Rate – 73.33
Highest Score – 11* v England
100s – 0
50s – 0
4s – 0
6s – 1
World Cup Matches
Matches – 35
Innings – 33
Runs – 717
Not Out – 3
Balls faced – 961
Average – 23.90
Strike Rate – 74.60
Highest Score – 81 v Australia
100s – 0
50s – 4
4s – 54
6s – 7
Fielding and Bowling Stats
Matches – 120
Catches Taken – 81
Balls Bowled – 9
Wickets Taken –
Runs given – 8
Economy – 5.33
Average – –
One Day Internationals
Matches – 378
Catches Taken – 113
Balls Bowled – 58
Wickets Taken – 3
Runs given – 64
Economy – 6.62
Average – 21.33
Inviting Fellow Players to Islam
He sparked controversy when in an interview, he said that while playing in county cricket in England, he along with another Pakistani cricketer Saqlain Mushtaq and Indian cricketer, Wasim Jaffer used to invite fellow non-Islamic players to convert to Islam.
“I, Saqlain Mushtaq @Saqlain_Mushtaq, and Wasim Zafar (Indian Muslim cricketer) @WasimJaffer14 used to convert Non-Muslim cricketers to Islam in England”
– Inzamam ul Haq (Ex Pak Captain & Chief Selector Pakistan Cricket)@ashwinravi99 must ask ‘Inzy Bhai’ in next interview. pic.twitter.com/3RaExom9wE
— Pakistan Untold (@pakistan_untold) December 19, 2020
Oval Test Controversy
In 2006, Inzamam was the captain in the controversial test match against England when they were accused of ball tampering by the England team and the umpires gave away 5 penalty runs, which indicated that the team had done something to the ball. Pakistani team refused to come out for play after the tea break and after waiting for one hour, umpires took off the wickets and bails and declared England as the winner of the match. Inzamam was banned from the ODI series against England. When asked about it, Inzamam said,
“He felt that the ball was tampered and awarded five runs to the opposition. And as per ICC rules, it meant we were proved guilty of doing it. So I went up to Darrell Hair and asked him what exactly was wrong with the ball. As per ICC rule the umpire informs a player if he’s guilty before awarding those five runs. However, I was not informed. Then I decided that I cannot lead a team like this and waited 15-20 minutes to show everyone the entire team protested against the decision.”
ICC later changed the result of the match to ‘Match Abandoned as a Draw’ after a protest from Pakistan Cricket Board.
Inzamam-ul-haq Oval test
Comments about Indian Batsmen
In an interview with another Pakistani Legend Ramiz Raja, he said,
“When we played against India, their batting was more powerful than us on paper. But even our batsmen scored 30 or 40 runs, it was for the team, but for India, even if they scored 100 runs, they played for themselves, so, that was the difference between the two sides.”
Saurav Ganguly’s Controversial Catch
In 1999, India was playing against Pakistan and Saurav Ganguly was given out after a controversial catch by wicketkeeper Moin Khan. India lost the match by a margin of 12 runs only. Inzamam said in an interview given to R.Ashwin, the Indian spin bowler,
“There were two people involved in the affair. One Azhar Mahmood and the other Moin Khan. When Sourav played the shot, it hit Azhar Mahmood first on his body and then Moin Khan caught it. I cannot clearly tell you about it because Azhar was not playing that Test match. I was unwell in the second innings so in my place Azhar was the substitute. I was not on the ground at that time but I can say that the catch was a doubtful one.”
Controversy with Pakistan Cricket Board
There was a controversy in 2013 when Inzamam said that he was not contacted to go to the South Africa team as a batting consultant. Pakistan Cricket Board announced that Inzamam will assist the team as a batting consultant however fans were enraged when he did not accompany the team and he said,
“I don’t know the reason for this, maybe there was some problem the chairman of the board faced. I had informed the board I was interested in working as batting consultant with the players. I did my best with them in the short time available before the Indian tour. But when they didn’t contact me what can I say.”
Fight With an Indian Fan
In 1997, during a match against India in Sahara Cup in Toronto, Canada, a fight broke out between Inzamam and a fan from the stands when fan brought in a mic or a speaker and started calling him ‘Aloo'(Potato) and ‘Motu'(Fat) from the stand. Inzamam became so angry that he went inside the stands and tried to beat him with a bat. He was taken out from there by the security and the fan was also ousted from the stadium.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- He was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the Pakistan government in 2005.
- For his outstanding achievements, he has also been awarded Honorary Life Members of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
- He was selected as player of 2005 ICC Test team and ODI team.
- He remained in top 20 Batsman in ICC Test Batsman ranking from 1995 till his retirement.
He has a net worth of $20 million.
- He has been given the nickname ‘Inzi’ shortened from his full name ‘Inzamam’.
- He is also known as Gentle Giant of Multan.
- When he was the chief selector of PCB in 2017, he was awarded 10 million rupees after Pakistan won the Champions Trophy.
- He likes to eat Chicken Kadhai, Omelette and Rice.
- He has a clothing brand, Legends by Inzamam Ul Haq.
- He underwent Angioplasty after complaining of pain in the stomach area in 2021.
Inzamam-Ul-Haq (Left) with Babar-Azam