The Karachi Knights and Islamabad Royals played against each other in the 7th game of the Mega Stars League 2022 in the Rawalpindi Stadium, which officially began in Pakistan on December 18. The Royals selected to bat first after winning the toss in this game.
Inzamam-ul-Haq, 52, playing for the Knights, came in at No.3 in the second over after Shahid Afridi’s run out. He started slowly as three out of his first four balls were dots, before getting his strokes out. He cut, pull, and swept like the Inzamam of old, adjusting to today’s quick batting standards. He hit four fours and a six in his 16-ball stay, ending on 29 before he retired hurt.
This was the Knights’ second game of the tournament. In the opening fixture, Inzamam was just as explosive, racing to 31 off 14 balls against Lahore Maharajas before he retired hurt.
Inzamam is the biggest record holder for Pakistan
One of Pakistan’s all-time great batters, Inzamam retired from international cricket after the 2007 World Cup, playing in the Indian Cricket League until 2008. He went on to coach the Afghanistan men’s team, before holding the post of Pakistan chief selector from 2016 to 2019.
Inzamam had been one of the more successful captains in Pakistan’s history, leading the side to 51 wins in 87 ODIs; his captaincy record in Tests was debatable with 11 wins and as many losses in 31 matches. He also Pakistan in a sole T20I against England in 2006, which also remained his only appearance in the shortest format. Pakistan won the game by 5 wickets.
Inzamam represented Pakistan in 120 Tests and 378 ODIs and is the only cricketer from the country to score over 10,000 runs in the fifty-over format. The former Pakistan captain has 11,701 runs to his name in ODIs, which also makes him the eighth-highest run-getter overall.
The Mega Stars League features the likes of Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq, and Mohammad Hafeez among a series of former cricketers.