In today’s Biography piece, we’re going to talk about another gem produced by Pakistan in the early era of cricket in the country. Mudassar was perhaps one of the finest opening batsmen produced by Pakistan at that time. He was born on the 6th of April in Lahore, Punjab.
Growing up as a kid, it was only natural for Mudassar to adopt his father’s cricketing skills. He developed an interest in the game when he was a young boy and saw his father inspiring many youngsters including his son.
Mudassar’s father Nazar Muhammad was also a professional cricketer and he played for Pakistan as well.
A stylish opening batsman with the amazing natural talent of caressing the gaps between the fielders, Mudassar was a lion-hearted customer who used to face the deadly bowling attacks of West Indies and Australia in the early 1980s.
Mudassar was also considered as one of the most naturally gifted players because of his immaculate footwork and hand-eye coordination.
He was known as one of the most technically sound batsmen of his generation and Mudassar proved that with his belligerent performances against some of the top sides in the world. Mudassar played in 76 Test matches for Pakistan and also represented the men in green in 122 One-Day Internationals.
Mudassar made his Test debut for Pakistan on the 24th of December in 1976 against Australia at the iconic ground of Adelaide. During his career, Mudassar played for many first-class and league teams in Pakistan and in England as well.
In 76 Test matches, Mudassar averaged 38 with the bat and he scored over 4,000 runs as well for the men in green. In 122 ODIs, he averaged 25 with an average of just over 25. He scored 2653 runs in ODIs for Pakistan.
Mudassar was a handy customer with the bowl as well as he took 66 wickets in his 76 Test matches that he played.
He was a right-arm medium-pace bowler and went on to take 111 wickets in the ODIs as well. Mudassar also scored 10 centuries and 17 half-centuries in Test matches for Pakistan.
Out of his 10 Test centuries, Mudassar Nazar scored his 6 centuries against India. He had three centuries against England and a single hundred against the Kiwis as well.
He took his only five-wicket haul against England when he took 6-32 against them and recorded his name on the famous Lord’s Honors Board. He also won the title of ‘Golden Arm’ after that performance against the English side.
Coaching Career and Achievements:
After his professional career ended, Mudassar Nazar joined the cricket administration circle and worked as a coach for different teams including Pakistan and Kenya. He has also worked at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai as a coach.
Mudassar Nazar is considered one of the finest cricketing brains in the country and for the same reason, he was brought back to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore to work with the youngsters of Pakistan and develop them for the upcoming challenges in professional cricket.
He worked as a director of the high-performance center at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore. If we talk about his achievements then he has won man of the match award on nine different occasions in the ODIs.
Mudassar’s match-winning spells and his breath-taking display of batting used to give Pakistan a lot of victories and he was a man known for his ability to single-handedly won a match for his team.
Mudassar had an eye-catching technique and his performances always had a great impact on the team’s results. Mudassar was also involved in a marathon partnership of 451 runs with Javed Miandad at the Hyderabad Cricket Stadium in Pakistan in 1982-83.
He also has an unwanted record to his name when he scored the slowest Test century in terms of minutes.
He took 557 minutes to reach one-hundred runs. Like his father Nazar Muhammad, Mudassar also became the second batsman in the history of Pakistan cricket to have carried his bat in the fifth Test match against India in the Test series held in 1982-83.
After his retirement, Mudassar became the spokesman of the Pakistan players association and was omitted from the side because of his non-stop criticism on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). He played his last Test match against New Zealand in 1989 and also ended his ODI career in the same year against the same opposition.