A century of Test appearances for Inzy

Published on Mar 24, 2005 11:37 AM IST

Inzamam became the fourth Pakistan cricketer to appear in 100 Tests after Javed Miandad (124), Wasim Akram (104) and Salim Malik (103).

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PTI | BySandeep Nakai (AP), Bangalore

Pakistani skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq notched up a century of Test appearances when he went out for the toss on Thursday in the third and final Test against India.

Before the start of play, both teams lined up on the boundary line to congratulate Inzamam, who was also presented with a commemorative crystal bowl by the Pakistan Cricket Board and the Bangalore-based Karnataka State Cricket Association, which is staging the Test match.

Inzamam, 35, became the fourth Pakistan cricketer to appear in 100 Tests after Javed Miandad (124 Tests), Wasim Akram (104) and Salim Malik (103).

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan made the presentation to Inzamam, who has been one of his national team's most consistent scorers during the past decade, amassing 7,238 runs with 20 centuries in his previous 99 Tests.

The 15,000 spectators, who had arrived early on the opening day of the match, gave a standing ovation to Inzamam, who waved to the galleries before shaking hands with the Indian players.

Inzamam made his Test debut against England at Birmingham in 1992 and took over as Pakistani captain in September 2003 against New Zealand.

After the disappointment of the 2003 cricket World Cup, where former champion Pakistan was knocked out in the preliminary stage, Pakistan's cricket bosses decided to groom a young team, which soon led to Inzamam's elevation as skipper.

"It's a momentous moment for me. I never dreamt of playing 100 Tests," Inzamam said on Wednesday on the eve of third Test.

Inzamam said the 2003 World Cup was the worst memory of his career, which began with a limited-overs international against the West Indies in 1991-92.

"The 2003 World Cup is the most bitter memory of my international career," he said, adding that the 1992 World Cup title triumph in Australia as his most memorable cricket moment.

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