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india Updated: Jan 29, 2003 23:51 IST

 Date of Birth: 3 March 1970, Multan, Punjab
 Test Debut: Against England at Birmingham in 1992
 ODI Debut: Against West Indies at Lahore in 1991/92
 Bats: Right Hand Bat
 Bowls: Slow Left Arm Orthodox

Given his burly physique, it is hardly surprising vice-captain Inzamam is one of cricket's biggest and most devastating hitters.

Managing to combine strength with subtlety, the 6ft 2in right-hander is Pakistan's main middle-order batsman and the nucleus of the side.

Pakistan legend Imran Khan, who rates Inzamam as the best batsman in the world against pace, gave him his international chance over a decade ago.

His innings in the 1992 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand wrested the match from the hosts' grasp and he has gone on to become one of the most consistent players in the team and a regular scorer in both forms of the game.

In one-day internationals, Inzy's figures are particularly impressive, with an averaging around 40 and scoring rate in excess of 70 per 100 balls.

Of course, his bulk means he is not the greatest runner between the wickets and he is bound to be involved in some run outs, but he is a marvellous fielder in the slips.


First Published: Jan 24, 2003 18:37 IST