Pride of Pakistan – Nazar Mohammad
Nazar Mohammad was a cricket prodigy, still a school student, he displayed great potential and by the time he reached college, he had established himself as an indispensable opening batsman. He was also an agile fielder in the gully area.
Before the creation of Pakistan, Nazar Mohammad participated in many prestigious championships such as the Ranji Trophy, the Bombay Pentangular etc. The Bombay Pentangular was played between the various communities of India; Nazar Mohammad represented the Muslims and also played a vital role in their victory with his sensational century.
Nazar Mohammad had become a vital team member and displayed his batting prowess against foreign teams including the invincible West Indies. Finally Pakistan was granted Test Status in 1952 and the first country it visited was India. Nazar Mohammad faced the first ball in the test played at Delhi. In the second test, Nazar scored a century becoming the first centurion for Pakistan, carried his bat and remained on the field through out the test. Pakistan won this test but lost the series 2-1.
The illustrious career of Nazar Mohammad came to a tragic end when he broke his arm. His son Mudassar Nazar carried on his legacy. Nazar Mohammad later served Pakistan Cricket as a selector, coach and was also famous for his commentary.
Nazar Mohammad passed away on 12th July 1996 at the age of 75.
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