There are very few batsmen in the history of Pakistan Cricket who were known for their belligerent nature and attacking style of play. Today, we’re going to talk about another gem of Pakistan Cricket who ruled the cricketing field in his prime days.
The stylish and attacking Mohsin Hasan Khan was born on the 15th of March in 1955 in Karachi. Mohsin Hasan Khan developed a love for different sports at a very young age and started taking part in Cricket, Badminton and Swimming.
Mohsin’s father served in the Pakistan Navy and his mother graduated from the United States of America (USA) and was working as a teacher and vice-principal in one of the educational institutes in Karachi.
Mohsin Hasan Khan was so good at playing Badminton that he also became the national junior champion in the sport.
Mohsin Khan soon began to take his cricket seriously and made his Test debut in 1980 against England at the National Stadium Karachi. He was not only good looking in appearance but was also quite handsome with his stroke-play.
He made his ODI debut in 1977 against West Indies and he had to wait for three years to begin his Test career.
Mohsin played in 48 Test matches for Pakistan and he also appeared in 75 ODIs for the men in green between 1977 and 1986. He scored 7 centuries and 9 half-centuries in his 48 Test matches with an impressive average of 37. However, his numbers in international cricket never justified or presented his true potential.
Mohsin Hasan Khan played in 192 first-class matches and scored over 11,000 runs in his illustrious career with 31 centuries and 40 half-centuries.
He was mainly an opening batsman with no fear in his mind while facing the brutal pace attack of West Indies and Australia. He scored 101* against India in 1982-83 when the total score of the team was 135.
It is still the lowest score in the history of Test cricket that includes a century as well. Mohsin Hasan Khan gained popularity for his performances outside Asia.
In 1983-84, Pakistan toured Australia for a series of Test matches and Mohsin Hasan Khan showcased his real potential in that series by scoring back to back centuries in Adelaide and Melbourne.
Mohsin’s innings of 149 at Adelaide and 153 at Melbourne brought him immense praise not only from the Pakistani critics but also from the experts sitting in Australia.
A young man from Karachi was on a roll against one of the most fearsome bowling attacks of that time. He also scored a double-hundred at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s. He was the first Pakistani to have scored a double-ton at the iconic stadium of the Lord’s.
It was a great loss of talent when Mohsin Hasan Khan left his cricketing career in the middle and went to India to pursue a career in acting.
He also married an Indian actress Reena Roy in 1983 and took the Bollywood and Cricketing fraternity by storm. However, the marriage couldn’t work for long as Reena was divorced by Mohsin later on. He also has a daughter from Reena Roy and she is living in India with her mother.
After his marriage, Mohsin appeared in more than a dozen film projects in India and in Pakistan as well. He made his debut in a Bollywood film called ‘Batwara’ in 1989 alongside veteran actors like Vinod Khanna, Dimple Kapadia and Shammi Kapoor.
He also worked in several other films like ‘Fateh’ (1991), ‘Gunehgar Kaun’ (1991) and ‘Pratikar’ also released in 1991. He also played a lead role in the 1991 Blockbuster movie ‘Saathi’ alongside Aditya Pancholi.
He did ‘Tyagi’ and ‘Laat Saab’ in 1992, ‘Jannat’ and ‘The Elephant Walk’ in 1992 and ‘Madam X Inspector Vijay’ in 1994. He also worked in the Lollywood industry alongside Shaan Shahid, Resham and Andaleeb in a film called ‘Ghunghat’ in 1996. He also featured a Bollywood movie called ‘Mahaanta’ in 1997.
Mohsin Hasan Khan was awarded man of the match on five occasions and interestingly Pakistan won all of those five matches.
He was also the first Pakistani batsmen to record a double-century at the historic stadium of the Lord’s. Mohsin Hasan Khan has scored 7 Test tons whilst he also has 6 ODI centuries to his name.
Mohsin Hasan Khan played his last ODI match on the 2nd of December against Sri Lanka and he ended his Test career after three years in 1989 against West Indies. He will remain as one of the finest batsmen ever produced by Pakistan.
Mohsin Khan became the chief of the selection committee in December 2010. He has also worked in several other roles within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
He also served as the interim Head Coach of Pakistan in 2011 for a three-match Test series against England at the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Pakistan won that series 3-0. Mohsin Hasan Khan was replaced by Dav Whatmore in 2012.
Mohsin Hasan Khan is living in Karachi right now and he is always present giving his expert opinion on different happenings in the cricketing world.