On This Day: India Vs Pakistan - Remembering Saeed Anwar's Century, Anil Kumble's Heroics, Rahul Dravid And Vinod Kambli's Contributions

Almost 26 years ago, Saeed Anwar hit a 146-ball 194 and pushed India out of the game in the Independence Cup contest on May 21, 1997.

India tried its best, with Rahul Dravid recording his main ODI hundred. Still, the aim of 328 looked too difficult post losing notable openers Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar inside the first 15 overs.

About The Match

Saeed Anwar broke Viv Richards' record of 189 against England in Manchester in 1984. He surpassed it by five runs and became the batsman with the highest individual ODI cricket score.

The left-hander player hit 22 fours and five sixes, three of which came in one Anil Kumble over. Although Anwar could have easily scored a double hundred, a miscalculated sweep ended his 206-minute stay on the wicket. Later, Sachin Tendulkar dismissed him, followed by Ganguly at fine leg, with three overs to spare.

Inzamam-ul-Haq (39) and Ijaz Ahmed (39) recorded important runs to guide Pakistan to 327 for the loss of five wickets.

More Details About The Match

Back then, Dravid was only a year old in international cricket; however, he had recorded a fifties string against West Indies, Australia, Pakistan, and South Africa. Rahul's century (107 off 116) kept India in the game, but he did not have any partners left in the finish line. 

Vinod Kambli (65 off 80) was the other batsman to record a fifty as India stopped at 292. 

About Saeed Anwar

The former cricketer Anwar from Pakistan made his Test debut in November 1990 against West Indies in Faisalabad. Despite losing in Test debut, Saeed Anwar gained the limelight in ODIs.

Anwar also captained Pakistan Men's National Cricket Team for seven Test matches and eleven One Day internationals. He holds the record for scoring the most centuries in One Day International Cricket for Pakistan with a total of 20.

Saeed Anwar's Background

Anwar's father, a businessman, used to play cricket at the club level. Jawed, his brother, played for the Lahore Under-19 cricket team. 

Saeed Anwar graduated with a Computer Engineer degree; however, he ended up playing cricket right after that. This led him to begin playing first List-A cricket and then first-class cricket before he made his international debut.

Saeed Anwar's Test performance wasn't that great. In one of the matches, he got just three runs, and West Indies managed to win the game.

However, for the Independence Cup contest, he hit a 146-ball 194, smashed India, and pushed it out of the game. It became one of his biggest hits of all time, which is still talked about.  

FAQs
Saeed Anwar surpassed whose record for the highest individual ODI score?
Anwar surpassed Viv Richards' record of 189 against England in Manchester in 1984. He beat Richard just by five runs.
When was Saeed Anwar's debut match?
Anwar made his Test debut in November 1990 against West Indies in Faisalabad.
Who is Saeed Anwar's wife?
Luba Anwar is the wife of the former cricketer Saeed Anwar. She is a doctor by profession.