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S A E E D A N W A R.


Guys this is my second blog here on bitlanders, I am very exciting to write this blog, because this blog is about my favorite cricket player, In fact almost every person’s favorite who loves cricket in this world. 

He is the stylish, most elegant and aggressive, stylish opening batsman from Pakistan, and the greatest of all time in cricket history.   


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Personal Life

Saeed Anwar was born on September 6, 1968 in Karachi. In his childhood he went to Canada with his family but came back in 1977. In 1989, He got his Computer Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi. He planned to do Master’s but he became Cricketer. His father was a businessman and his brother Jawed Anwar also played for under-19 Lahore team. He got married to his cousin, in 1996.

International Cricket

Anwar was an elegant and outstanding player of both test and one day cricket. Overall, he appeared in 55 tests and 247 ODIs. He is the only Pakistani batsman whose average is 40 plus against the mighty Australians, England, South Africa and New Zealand. 


Test Career

 During his appearance in 55 tests, Anwar made some  astonishing records for Pakistan. He made his debut  against the West Indies at Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad  in November 1990, but could not capitalize to prove  himself quite worthy for the team. He got out his  ducks in both the innings by Curtly Ambrose and Ian  Bishop first and second innings respectively. He  scored 4052 runs at an average of 45.52, including    11 centuries and 25 half centuries. He made his unbeaten 188* against the rivals India at Eden Gardens on February 16, 1999.  

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He scored 169 runs against the new Zealanders in his third test of the career, and Pakistan got the victory in that  match. He was a trend setter for his team, once he scores, he  scores  big  and  Pakistan  got  victories. He  has  also got  the record batting average 59.06 against the mighty Australians and scored  two consecutive centuries. 

In 1995  home series against the Sri Lankans, he scored consecutive three fifties at  an  average of  51.50 by  scoring 154  runs. He  toured  England  in 1996. The series was scheduled as three test matches. This was the fifth consecutive series win  against England. Anwar was  the second  highest  run scorer  by scoring  362 runs,  Alec  Stewart’s  was  the first by scoring 396. In the  first  test  at  Lord’s, he scored  62 runs in both the innings by making 88 and 74, first and second innings respectively. He also scored 176 runs at oval in the first innings. As a result Pakistan won the series by the margin of 2-0.

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Anwar’s  highest score  of  test cricket was 188* not  out against the rivals Indians and it was  also  the highest  test score for any Pakistani  on Indian soil and which was broken by Younus khan. Younus khan scored 267 runs in that test. During his all 55 test’s he produced match winning knocks for the Pakistan team. 

One Day Career


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As far  as test he played, Anwar was pretty  intelligent  batsman of one day cricket and  scored quick runs throughout his career. He played 247 ODIs, and appeared in 244  innings, averaging  39.21. He smashed 20 centuries  and  became  the leading  batsman  for  Pakistan  as a  century maker. He also scored 43 fifties. He was a class act. His timing and aggressive  approach  in batting had helped him to be a  successful  opening batsman. He  was the good player of both spin and fast bowling. His trademark shot was a wristy flick to the onside. His highest score was 194 against the rivals India. He scored 20 centuries and 43 half centuries in his ODI career.


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World Cup Career

Saeed Anwar  played  three  world cups in 1996, 1999 and 2003. In 1997 world cup, He made  three fifties  and  made 329  runs in  the tournament. In 1999, he made consecutive  centuries and  helped Pakistan into the final. He scored 368 runs in that world cup. In 2003 world cup, Anwar registered his 20th century of his career against the India, but Pakistan lost that match. He played 21 matches  in world cups with the average of 53.82, he scored 915 runs. His highest score in world cup matches is 113.

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  • In 1997, He was named Wisden Cricketer of the year.

  • He was the only batsman to complete this feat in ODIs and scored two successive hundreds on three other occasions in his career, in 1996, in 1999, and in 2000.

  • He scored 194 on 21st May, 1997, the highest by any batsman in ODIs, but it was equaled  by  Charles  Coventry in 2009.  After that  it was  broken by Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Virender Sehwag.

Following table shows the record of test and ODIs 


T E S T  R E C O R D S 

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He announced his retirement from International cricket on 15 August 2003.



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