WATCH: Twitter is remembering Saeed Anwar’s iconic 1997 ODI performance against India
May 21st marked the 23rd anniversary of this majestic 194-run knock.
The May 21st, 1997 game between archrivals Pakistan and India is considered as one of the most memorable matches for a number of reasons. It was the sixth match of the Pepsi Independence Cup.
Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first but suffered from an early blow. As soon as the game picked pace, Afridi was down in the second over of the game.
Former Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar seemed comfortable from the beginning, hitting splendidly in the gaps. It looked as if Anwar knew it was his day as his confidence looked sky-high.
With his eyes glued to the ball, the opener managed to pull the innings with perfectly calculated aggression and scored 194 off 146 balls, hitting 22 fours and 5 sixes.
In the scorching Chennai sun, Anwar smashed what was at that time the highest individual score of 194, in the history of One-Day International (ODI).
Anwar announced his retirement from all cricket in 2003.
I am happy that I am leaving the game when many people feel I can still play on for another two years. But I have also been disheartened by the selectors’ decision to ignore me after the World Cup.
The legendary left-hander’s 15-year career ended with 4,052 runs and an average of 45.52 in 55 test matches. He scored 8,823 runs in 247 ODIs, with an average of 39.21 runs.
The former Australian cricketer Dean Jones and England captain Nasser Hussain paid tribute to Anwar and his glorious cricket career.
What a player! What a knock! Amazing ball striking! He was playing with the bowling. Thanks for sharing Saj! 👍🏻 https://t.co/mzGrYVxYse
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) May 21, 2020
Love this old footage.. Saeed Anwar was such an elegant player https://t.co/JXPKgiUfSc
— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) May 21, 2020
May 21st marked the 23rd anniversary of this majestic 194-run knock. Vivian Richards’ 189* in 1984 against England remained unbeaten for 13 long years until Saeed wrote his name in the record books.
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