Afridi ke chakkay – 333

April 30, 2014

Owais Mughal

When Shahid Afridi his his second of the 3 sixes against South Africa on March 10, 2013, he completed his personal tally of 300 sixes in ODIs. As of today the number of sixes hit by Afridi stand at 333. This is also the record of most sixes hit by a batsmen in ODI career. Here is the top 10 list of most six hitters in their ODI careers. Note that in the following list, Shahid Afridi also has the highest sixes/innings ratio.

1. Shahid Afridi (Pak) – 333 sixers in 378 Matches, 350 Innings, 0.95 sixes/inn
2. S.T. Jayasuria (SL) – 270 sixers in 445 Matches, 433 Innings, 0.62 sixes/inn
3. C.H. Gayle (WI) – 204 sixers in 255 Matches, 250 Innings, 0.82 sixes/inn
4. S.R. Tendulkar (Ind) – 195 sixers in 463 Matches, 452 Innings, 0.43 sixes/inn
5. S.C. Ganguly (Ind) – 190 sixers in 311 Matches, 300 Innings, 0.63 sixes/inn
6. M.S. Dhoni (Ind) – 175 sixers in 243 Matches, 214 Innings, 0.82 sixes/inn
7. R.T. Ponting (Aus) – 162 sixers in 375 Matches, 365 Innings, 0.44 sixes/inn
8. B.B. McCullum (NZ) – 156 sixers in 229 Matches, 199 Innings, 0.78 sixes/inn
9. C.L. Cairns (NZ) – 153 sixers in 215 Matches, 193 Innings, 0.79 sixes/inn
10. A. C. Gilchrist (Aus) – 149 sixers in 287 Matches, 279 Innings, 0.53 sixes/inn

Rawalpindi becomes National Cricket Champion 2013-14

February 2, 2014

Owais Mughal

Year-by-Year Tabulation of QeA Trophy Winners and Runners Up:

Rawalpindi beat Islamabad by 228 runs to win their maiden Quaid-e-Azam title in Lahore on Jan 30, 2014. QA trophy is the premier first class cricket tournament of Pakistan and this year was its 58th edition. I must say this year’s format worked a little bit against Karachi Whites who had won more games than Islamabad but lost out by 1 point in the super eight stages of the games and hence didn’t qualify for the finals. A better format, in my opinion could’ve included 2 Semi Finals and then Finals. The problem with current year’s format was that 8 out of 14 teams just had to do enough to be in top 8 and then play out the best in later stages of the tournament.

Following table gives the complete listing of years the tournament has been played and the winners and runners up of every year.

1. 1953/54: Bahawalpur (1st) and Punjab (2nd)
2. 1954/55: Karachi (1st) and Pakistan Combined Services (2nd)
3. 1956/57: Punjab (1st) and Karachi Whites (2nd) I
4. 1957/58: Bahawalpur (1st) and Karachi C (2nd)
5. 1958/59: Karachi (1st) and Pakistan Combined Services (2nd)
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Misbah-ul-Haq: His Record as a Test Cricket Captain

January 20, 2014

Owais Mughal

Misbah-ul-Haq is currently the 4th most successful captain of Pakistan in Test cricket. The criteria of following list is that anybody who has captained Pakistan in atleast 10 test matches qualiefies for it. Following table is correct as of January 20, 2013 when Pakistan drew 3 test series in UAE with SrlLanka 1-1. Misbah also overtook Wasim Akram in terms of number of test matches he has captained. Misbah is now #4 in the list of those who have captained Pakistan in most number of Test Matches. Only Imran Khan, Javed Miandad and Inzamam-ul-Haq are ahead of him.

(M – W – L – D – W%)
1. Waqar Younis 17 – 10 – 7 – 0 – 58.82%
2. Salim Malik 12 – 7 – 3 – 2 – 58.33%
3. Wasim Akram 25 – 12 – 8 – 5 – 48.0%
4. Misbah-ul-Haq 27 – 12 – 7 – 8 – 44.44%
5. Mushtaq Muhammad 19 – 8 – 4 – 7 – 42.1%
6. Javed Miandad 34 – 14 – 6 – 14 – 41.17%
7. Inzamam-ul-Haq 31 – 11 – 11 – 9 – 35.48%
8. Moin Khan 13 – 4 – 2 – 7 – 30.76%
9. Imran Khan 48 – 14 – 8 – 26 – 29.16%
10. A.H. Kardar 23 – 6 – 6 – 11 – 26.08%
11. Zaheer Abbas 14 – 3 – 1 – 10 – 21.42%
12. Fazal Mahmood 10 – 2 – 2 – 6 – 20.00%
13. Hanif Muhammad 11 – 2 – 2 – 7 – 18.18%
14. Intikhab Alam 17 – 1 – 5 – 11 – 5.88%

1254 Railway Stations in Pakistan – The List

August 1, 2013

Owais Mughal

I’ve done a mini research on finding the number of railway stations in Pakistan and the number of stations I’ve found so far is 1254. I believe this number is accurate but there is a possibility of a few more stations – which are not there any more – and therefore are not included in the following list. My compilation of the complete index of stations is given below.

The list of stations is interesting to view, if only because you would read so many place names that you might never have heard of.
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Pakistan – 2nd Spot in ICC T20I Rankings

July 29, 2013

Owais Mughal

After beating West Indies 2-0 in the T20I series the concluded on July 28, 2013, Pakistan climbed up to spot number two in ICC’s Twenty20 Championship. Pakistan held this spot for 110 days till Nov 15 when they were beaten by South Africa in a T20I match and pushed down the rankings.

Following is the snap shot of ICC ranking of T20Is as they stood on July 29, 2013.

Teams Matches Points Rating
1. Sri Lanka 18 1875 134
2. Pakistan 31 2599 124
3. India 18 1689 121
4. West Indies 22 2041 120
5. England 26 2148 113
6. South Africa 22 1795 112
7. Australia 23 1753 103
8. New Zealand 25 1937 102
9. Ireland 12 568 81
10. Bangladesh 14 739 74
11. Scotland 9 435 62
12. Zimbabwe 14 478 48
13. Netherlands 8 181 36
14. Kenya 11 309 34

Shahid Afridi’s 375 ODI Wickets

July 29, 2013

Owais Mughal
On July 14, 2013 Shahid Afridi took his 350th ODI wicket when he had K. Pollard caught by Wahab Riaz on long off. Afridi thus became Pakistan’s 3rd and World’s 8th bowler to complete this feat. As of today – i.e. Jan 20, 2014 his wicket tally stands at 375.

Following is the list of 350 or more ODI wicket takers in the World.

1. M. Muralitharan (SL) 534 wickets at 23.04 in 350 matches.
2. Wasim Akram (Pak) 502 wickets at 23.52 in 356 matches.
3. Waqar Younis (Pak) 416 wickets at 23.84 in 262 matches
4. VPUJC. Vaas (SL) 400 wickets at 27.53 in 322 matches
5. SM Pollock (SA) 393 wickets at 24.5 in 303 matches.
6. GD McGrath (Aus) 381 wickets at 22.02 in 250 matches
7. B Lee (Aus) 380 wickets at 23.36 in 221 matches
8. Shahid Afridi (Pak) 375 wickets at 33.57 in 373 matches.

Shahid Afridi 7500

July 24, 2013

Owais Mughal

Shahid Afridi completed 7000 ODI runs on March 18, 2012 when he scored his first run against India. He thus became 30th batsman in the World and 6th from Pak to achieve this milestone. Younis Khan also completed his 7000 ODI runs recently and became 7th Pakistani batsman to achieve the mileston.

Following is the list of all Pak batsmen with atleast 5000 runs in ODIs. The list is updated on Jan 20, 2014 where Shahid Afridi has already completed 7500 ODI runs and has surpassed Javed Miandad in terms of highest career runs. The number in parenthesis is their world ranking in terms of highest career runs in ODIs.

1st (5th): Inzamam-ul-Haq 11739 runs at 39.52

2nd (11th): M Yousuf 9720 runs at 41.71

3rd (15th): Saeed Anwar 8824 runs at 39.21

4th (29th): Shahid Afridi 7516 runs at 23.34

5th (31st): Javed Miandad 7381 runs at 41.70

6th (32nd): Salim Malik 7170 runs at 32.88

7th (34th): Younis Khan 7014 runs at 31.88

8th (41st): Ijaz Ahmed 6564 runs at 32.33

9th (49th): Ramiz Raja 5841 runs at 32.09

10th (53rd): Shoaib Malik 5490 runs at 32.67

11th (67th): Abdul Razzak 5080 runs at 29.70

Views on News

December 8, 2012

Owais Mughal

Photobucket Do you read news? Do you watch news? Do you listen to news? What do you get from all the news sources? In my opinion. these days news only mean reporting of crime, disasters, accidents and all the bad happenings in the World. The constant barrage of negative news from all around the world and through all major news outlets means making all human race paranoid. I am not a psychologist but still I can say with confidence that constant feeding of bad news is not good for our collective mental health. Why do news channels concentrate on negative news? My thinking is because fear sells. People get hooked to bad news even if not wanting to watch it. It is like this bitter pill which you can neither swallow nor spit.

There is another dimension to it. That is of time. With distances shrinking and communications improving a bad happening in a remote corner of the World can be broadcasted all across the globe in real time. People who listen or watch it get affected by it in real time while they cannot do much to control or improve the situation. In olden days when news travelled slow people in one part of the World would not have been affected by happenings across continents away.
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hum bhi to paray haiN raahoN meiN

December 17, 2011

Owais Mughal

A common happening in street cricket is that there are usually more players than a street can accomodate or more than eleven that are allowed by cricket rules. In such case all the aspiring junior players line up and the ‘khalifa’ captain chooses his pick according to match situation or his likeness.

Many a times I’d found myself in this line hoping to get picked up by the seniors.

Once i got picked up over a player who was 2 years my senior. To this the guy said aloud:

“dil toRne waale dekh ke chal……hum bhi to paray hain raahoN maiN.”
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Younis Khan – 7000 Runs in Test Cricket

December 10, 2011

Owais Mughal

When Younis Khan reached 60 in the test match against Bangladesh today he also completed 6000 runs in test cricket. Following is the list of highest run scoreres in test matches for pk. The following list is updated as of Jan 20, 2014.

1. Javed Miandad 8832 at 52.57
2. Inzamam ul Haque 8830 at 49.60
3. Mohd Yousuf 7530 at 52.29
4. Younis Khan 7399 at 51.38
5. Salim Malik 5768 at 43.69
6. Zaheer Abbas 5062 at 44.79

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