When we talk about Pakistan cricket, the first thing that comes to our mind is its unpredictability.
Even after 70 years of playing test cricket, you just don’t know which Pakistan you’re going to see on the field.
But, that is the beauty of their cricket, and only for that, Pakistan still remains one of the most hyped teams in ICC tournaments despite their inconsistent performances.
Their lack of cricketing infrastructure means that their cricketers have to find their way to the top with sheer raw talent.
Even with the power of sheer raw talent, they have managed to win some major ICC tournaments.
So, today we would like to talk about the Top 10 Best Pakistani cricketers of all-time.
Top 10 Best Pakistani cricketers of all-time
10) Saqlain Mushtaq
One of the greatest off-spinners to play the sport, Saqlain was one of the best Pakistani cricketers.
When Saqlain revived off-spin bowling and produced the delivery named ‘Doosra’ that turns in the other way
He had all the tricks in his armory to fox batsmen in any condition, but more than that, he has an impeccable amount of control over all his variations.
That’s why his captain Wasim Akram gave him the liberty to bowl at the death, and he didn’t disappoint.
He picked 208 wickets in 49 Tests and managed to grab 288 wickets in 165 ODIs he played in a short career plagued by injuries.
9) Hanif Mohammad
Hanif Mohammad, the original ‘Little Master,’ was the first batting superstar for Pakistan.
He had this unique ability to concentrate, and his mammoth innings of 337 against West Indies in 1957/8 proved that.
He also scored 499 in 1958/59, which was the then highest score in first-class cricket.
These two innings made him Pakistan’s first cricket superstar and made this game popular among the masses.
In a career spanning 55 Tests, this stylish Pakistani opener scored 3915 runs at an impressive average of 43.98 with 12 centuries.
In first-class matches, he smashed 55 centuries and also got inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
The stylish right-handed batsman, Mohammad Yousuf, is undoubtedly one of the best cricketers that Pakistan has ever produced.
Yousuf was technically sound, graceful, and, most importantly, had a clear understanding of the game.
In 2006, he scored 1,788 test runs in 11 tests with nine centuries against his name and broke the 30-year-old record of Sir Vivian Richards.
He scored 9720 runs in 288 ODIs, at an average of 41.71, and 7530 in 90 Tests at 52.29, and is one of Pakistan’s top five run-getters in both ODIs and Tests.
7) Zaheer Abbas
An elegant and stylish batsman, Zaheer Abbas, known as the ‘Asian Bradman,’ was one of the best Pakistani cricketers of all time.
Zaheer Abbas scored 5062 test runs at an average of 44.79, with 12 hundred and 2572 in 62 ODIs at an average of 47.63.
But more than his runs, Abbas stands out as he scored against some of the best bowlers in that era.
Abbas dominated the spinners and the pacers with utmost precision, and as a result, ICC very rightly inducted him into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2020
6) Younis Khan
One of Pakistan cricket’s modern-day greats, Younis Khan, is undoubtedly one of the best Pakistani cricketers of all time.
Indeed, Younis was not that gifted a cricketer like Mohammed Yousuf or Inzamam, but what made him stand apart was his ability to learn and adapt himself to changing horizons.
He worked on his fitness, kept on scoring runs, and with that hard work, became the first Pakistani batsman to reach 10,000 runs in test cricket.
Younus Khan has hundreds in all Test-playing nations, including a triple-hundred and 34 Test tons.
He has also scored 7,249 runs in 265 ODIs at an average of 31.
An extremely talented middle-order batsman, Inzamam-ul-Haq had a lazy elegance that set him apart from many of his contemporary cricketers.
He had the gift of superb hand-eye coordination and was able to find gaps in the field at ease, even against the fast bowlers.
Extremely reliable, Inzamam-ul-Haq was equally good at playing both front foot and back foot shots against the spinners as well as against the quick bowlers.
He is undoubtedly one of the best Pakistani cricketers of all time, and it was his aggressive batting that helped Pakistan secure victory in the 1992 World Cup.
He scored 8830 runs in 120 Tests at an average of 49.33 and 11,739 runs in 378 ODIs at an average of 39.53
4) Waqar Younis
Pakistan’s current bowling coach, and former captain, Waqar Younis, was one of the best Pakistani cricketers of all time.
Waqar, along with Wasim Akram, formed one of the most dangerous fast bowling pairs in the 1990s
Waqar Younis bowled fast and swung the ball late with both the old and the new ball.
At his peak, when the reverse swing was on, he attacked the stumps and trapped batters bowled or LBW.
Waqar took 373 wickets in 87 Tests and 416 wickets from 262 ODIs.
3) Wasim Akram
One of the greats of modern-day cricket, Wasim Akram, is undoubtedly one of the best Pakistani cricketers.
Even though he was quite handy with the bat, it was his fast bowling that made him a household name.
He had pace, but it was his ability to swing the ball with accuracy that made him unplayable even in unhelpful conditions.
In his peak, Wasim Akram used to scare batsmen across the globe, especially with the old ball when the reverse swing was on.
Players like Ricky Ponting or Jacques Kallis considered him as the toughest bowler they have ever faced.
The ‘Sultan Of Swing’ ended his career picking 414 Test and 502 ODI wickets.
2) Javed Miandad
Javed Miandad is undoubtedly the overall best cricketing personality Pakistan cricket has ever produced.
As a cricketer, as a coach, what he has done for Pakistan cricket’s betterment is simply incredible.
Yes, he was an aggressive batsman, but more than that, what stood out was his enormous self-belief, never-give-up attitude, and his ability to stay calm in pressure situations.
Miandad also coached the Pakistan cricket team for a while and cricketers like Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi fondly remembers their coach for improving their batting technique.
He scored 7,381 ODI runs at an average of 41 and 8832 Test runs at an average of 52.57 and is rightly remembered as one of the best Pakistani cricketers of all time.
1) Imran Khan
The best all-rounder after Sir Gary Sobers, Imran Khan is undoubtedly the best Pakistani cricketer of all time.
A charismatic leader and all-rounder, Imran Khan was the Pakistani side captain that emerged victorious in the 1992 Cricket World Cup.
Not only was he a skillful fast bowler and a useful lower-order batsman, but he was that cricketer who made Pakistan play as a unit.
He carried an aura both on and off the field, which not only pulled crowd, but even inspired the newbie cricketers
Even after he retired, Pakistan cricket continued giving consistent performances in the 90s, thanks to Imran.
He grabbed 362 wickets and scored 3807 runs in 88 test matches, and picked 182 wickets, and scored 3709 runs in 175 ODIs