Given the talent the nation has generated throughout the years, Pakistan has long been regarded as one of the cricket heavyweights. They have excelled in the shorter format in recent years, with Pakistan reaching the finals in the World T20 that was played in Australia last year and qualifying for the semifinals in 2021. When compared to other nations, Pakistan won its first ODI World Cup in 1992, led by the famous all-rounder Imran Khan. They had a rather quiet performance in the next competition until placing second in 1999.

Pakistan also had a fantastic lineup in both categories throughout the 1990s, and Saeed Anwar is still regarded as one of the best left-handed hitters of all time. Anwar played in 247 ODIs and 55 Tests, totaling 12,876 runs. Anwar, who was renowned for his exquisite strokeplay and impeccable timing, could provide thrilling openings in any style.

Wasim Akram, a former captain of Pakistan, believes Anwar could have accomplished much more despite his impressive CV, even stating he might have become Pakistan’s Brian Lara if it weren’t for his “casual” approach.

Akram said in his official book Sultan: A Memoir, “My main critique of Saeed is that with his skill he should have become Pakistan’s Brian Lara But he was careless about his fitness, a hesitant worker, and a superficial thinker about the game.”

Akram remarked about the first Test match between the bitter rivals, which was held at Eden Gardens in February 1999. Anwar then went down for a duck in the first innings, but he responded well in the second, going on to score 188 undefeated as Pakistan won by 46 runs.

In reality, Anwar’s 194 against India in Chennai in 1997 was his best ODI score. With 22 fours and 5 sixes in his innings, the opener scored the runs in only 146 balls. In the thrilling World Cup match against India in Centurion in 2003, he too collected 101 points off 126 balls. India got a six-wicket victory in the game.