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Popular Pakistani Cricket Player Mushtaq Mohammad

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Popular Pakistani Cricket Player Mushtaq Mohammad

Born on the 22nd of November, 1943, Mushtaq Mohammad was a professional Pakistani cricket player who has played about 57 test matches and 10 One Day Internationals during his career from 1959 to 1979. Being a leg spinner as well as a right handed batsman, Mushtaq Mohammad was a successful all-rounder. He also led his team to play 19 test matches. Moreover, he also said to be the first as well as the only Pakistani cricketer to have five wickets and score a century in a single test game twice. They were five brothers from which four served the Pakistani cricket team. He was also appointed to coach the national team of the United States however, he returned back to the Pakistani Television for commentary. Mushtaq was not the most successful cricketer amongst his five brothers but he still scored the most in firt class cricket with most first class hundreds. He was also known for being one of the first reverse sweepers and also one of the first bat twirlers at the crease from Pakistani cricket side.

When he was only 13, he started his first class career by scoring 87 runs and taking 5 wickets for 28 runs in his debut match. In the years 1967 and 1971, Mushtaq Mohammad played the county series at the time when the Pakistani team made its tour of England. The player was also made the captain of Northamptonshire in the year 1975 to 1977 as well as in 1976. During these years, he led the team to win the Gillette Cup which was the first trophy of the county series. He also placed his team in the second place in the County Championship which was the team’s best position. His test cricket career started in 1956 at the age of 15 years. He captained the team for 19 test matches. He also led Pakistan to win a tournament over India when the two countries played for the first time after 18 years.

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