There’s a long list of fast bowlers who have made their mark with outstanding performances in the world of cricket. However, there are few fast bowlers in the world who actually invented something new with the red-cherry.
Before the arrival of Sarfraz Nawaz, fast bowling was only about in-swingers and out-swingers. Nawaz came in with a weapon of his own. We are talking about Sarfraz Nawaz who is the inventor of reverse swing. He was a tall and lanky fast bowler born in Lahore, Punjab on the 1st of December in 1948.
Sarfraz Nawaz was always going to be a fast bowler because his height and personality were tailor-made for an ideal fast bowler. With those huge strides, he used to terrorize the opposition batters and in his reverse swinging deliveries were a hard nut to crack.
He started his career in 1969 and played 55 Tests and 45 ODIs for Pakistan till 1984. At an average of 32, he registered 177 Test wickets for Pakistan. He was the ideal fast bowler during his time and the upcoming generation of fast bowlers used to idolize Sarfraz Nawaz.
He was monumental in many famous victories of Pakistan. Sarfraz Nawaz played a key role in Pakistan’s first Test series victories against England and India. His spell of 9-86 against Australia at Melbourne is still the fiery bowling spell ever bowled by a Pakistani fast bowler in Australia.
He took 17 wickets against India at an average of 25 hence giving Pakistan its first-ever Test series victory against the arch-rivals. In the last Test match of the series, Sarfraz took 4-89 and 5-70 in the National Stadium Karachi to break the backbone of India’s batting order.
Political and Personal life:
After his retirement in 1984, Sarfraz Nawaz joined politics and he was elected as a Member of the Provincial Assembly in Punjab. As far as his married life is concerned then he married one of the film actresses of Pakistan who goes by the name of Rani in 1985.
In 1980 he took 3/23 off 11 overs to limit Essex to 203/8 in the six-run victory of Northants and Sarfraz played with the Northamptonshire in two different spells. He also played a crucial cameo while batting in the first Test against England in Karachi and he scored the winning runs after Pakistan had lost seven wickets in their chase of 67. He also took 4-42 and 2-27 in that match.