DateLine: 21st February 2005
Swashbuckling, elegant and entertaining - these are some of the words one could use to describe Saeed Anwar at his prime. Saeed was a prolific runscorer for Pakistan during the 90s and early years of the new millennium. He would dazzle the crowd with his breathtaking strokeplay and formed a formidable opening partnership with Aamer Sohail for many years.
Saeed Anwar briefly held the record for the most centuries in ODIs. While on the subject of records, it is pertinent to mention that Saeed holds the record of having the highest score in an ODI - 194 against India in 1997 in Chennai.
Saeed turned to devote most of his time to religion after his daughter’s death in 2001. Not many players leave the cricketing arena at their peak, but Saeed was one such player. Not only did he score a century in his last Test innings against Bangladesh in 2001, but in his second-last ODI innings, he produced an exquisite century against his most favourite opponent (India) in the 2003 World Cup.
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