Famous Pakistani Cricket Player Saleem Malik
Saleem Malik was born on the 16th of April, 1963 at Lahore, Pakistan. He was a professional Pakistani cricketer who appeared in various matches during 1981/82 and in the year 1999 by being made the captain of the team. He was a middle order batsman and was considered to be a strong square of the wickets. His cricket career comprises of over 100 test matches however, he was also a cricketer who was banned for the purpose of match fixing. He was also the brother-in-law of a former player Ijaz Ahmed. Ijaz Ahmed and Saleem Malik made a great duo in various innings of Pakistan.
Saleem Malik started his test career in the year 1982 which was played against Sri Lanka 1982. He made a century in the second innings of the match. At this time, he was the second youngest player to make a century in his test debut. In 1987, during the England tour, he fell at 99 runs at Headingley however; he managed to make about 102 runs at the Oval. He also played for many years for Essex during the early 90’s. In his test career, the best ever performance was given against England. He appeared for about 19 times and made 1,396 runs making an average of 60.70. His notable performance in ODI’s was against India in the year 1987. He made his team chase a target of 238 runs in 40 overs. In the match he made 72 runs out of the required 77 runs. Pakistan won the match by two wickets leaving Saleem Malik not out. He became the captain of the team in 12 test matches from which they won 7 matches. He led 34 times in ODI’s from which the team won 21 matches. In 283 ODIs, Saleem Malik scored 7170 runs at an average of 32.88 including 47 fifties and 5 hundreds. In test cricket, Salim Malik scored 5768 runs at an average of 43.69 including 29 fifties and 15 hundreds.