Imran Khan Niazi MP (born 5 October 1952), better known as Imran Khan, is a Pakistani politician, former cricketer, philanthropist, cricket commentator and the former chancellor of the University of Bradford. He is also the founder of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and the Namal College, Mianwali. Khan played international cricket for two decades in the late twentieth century and, after retiring, entered politics. In January 2015 Khan married British-Pakistani journalist Reham Khan in a private Nikah ceremony at his residence in Islamabad. On 22 October 2015, they announced their intention to file for divorce.
He ended his career with 88 Test matches, 126 innings and scored 3807 runs at an average of 37.69, including six centuries and 18 fifties. His highest score was 136 runs. As a bowler, he took 362 wickets in Test cricket, which made him the first Pakistani and world’s fourth bowler to do so. In ODIs, he played 175 matches and scored 3709 runs at an average of 33.41. His highest score remains 102 not out. His best ODI bowling is documented at 6 wickets for 14 runs. Khan’s career-high as a captain and cricketer came when he led Pakistan to victory in the 1992 Cricket World Cup. Playing with a brittle batting line-up, Khan promoted himself as a batsman to play in the top order along with Javed Miandad, but his contribution as a bowler was minimal. At the age of 39, Khan took the winning last wicket himself.
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Some lesser known facts about Imran Khan
- Does Imran Khan smoke?: Yes
- Does Imran Khan alcohol?: Yes
- He was born and raised in an upper-middle-class family.
- Imran grew up with his four sisters in Mianwali in north-western Punjab in Pakistan.
- Raised in affluent circumstances, Imran received a privileged education from Aitchison College in Lahore and the Royal Grammar School Worcester in England.
- It was at the Royal Grammar School Worcester in England where he learned his cricket.
- During his school days, Imran broke his left arm while climbing a tree.
- He made his First-Class debut at the age of 16.
- He got selected in Pakistan’s National Cricket Team while studying at the Oxford.
- After playing his first Test against England in 1971, he had to wait for the next three years to play his second Test Match.
- Imran Khan is considered Pakistan’s first genuine fast bowler.
- In 1978, at the famous speed test in Perth, Imran Khan came third after Jeff Thomson and Michael Holding.
- In the 1981-82 series against Australia, Imran broke former Pakistan bowler Fazal Mahmood’s record of 139 wickets for Pakistan.
- Imran Khan was one of the greatest all-rounders of his era and was often compared with Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, and Richard Hadlee.
- Before he led Pakistan to win the 1992 Cricket World Cup, he had announced his retirement from international cricket after the 1987 World Cup. However, it was the military dictator of Pakistan Gen Zia-ul-Haq who had asked him to return to lead the team and the rest is history.
- Though Pakistani team struggled throughout the 1992 Cricket World Cup, he single-handedly led the team to win the tournament.
- He was behind the foundation of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Lahore and Namal College, Mianwali. He dedicated this hospital to his mother, Shaukat Khanum, who had died of cancer.
- Imran Khan is famous to gives young talents the chance to play for their country. It was Imran who spotted Waqar Younis playing a domestic match on television and introduced him to Pakistan’s National Team.
- After his divorce from Reham Khan (Imran’s second wife), she accused Imran of being bisexual, taking drugs & alcohol, and adultery. She also mentioned in her autobiography that Imran had an affair with Saqlain Mushtaq (former Pakistani Cricketer).
- In 2004, he was robbed at gunpoint while driving through the outskirts of Islamabad.
- In 2012, he was declared as Asia’s Person of the year with 88% votes.
- He was among the few bowlers to dismiss Sunil Gavaskar off the first ball of a Test match.
- He published 6 books : Imran: The autobiography of Imran Khan, Imran Khan’s cricket skills, Indus Journey: A Personal View of Pakistan, All Round View, Warrior Race: A Journey Through the Land of the Tribal Pathans, and Pakistan: A Personal History.