Sarfaraz Nawaz, who introduced ‘reverse swing’ to the world of cricket, was born in Lahore today in 1948. He gave the world the art that had been greeted with suspicion until the goras mastered it and accepted it as an ‘art’.


In 1979, Nawaz closely missed an opportunity to write a history when he failed to take all the 10 wickets against Australia in Melbourne Test. He took nine wickets off 86 runs in the match, including a spell in which he sent seven batsmen packing at the expense of only one run.

Chasing a 382-run target, Australia had made 305 runs off three wickets, ending every chance for Pakistan to come back in the match. But what followed was surely a nightmare for the Aussies as Nawaz emerged with a messianic zeal to crush the opponents, letting them score only five more runs by taking the remaining seven wickets.

Nawaz took nine wickets in the match and the only batsman who luckily escaped his wrath was then Australian captain Graham Yallop who got run-out.

Pakistan unexpectedly won the match by 71 runs and Nawaz was given player-of-the-match award.

The tall bowler made his debut against England in 1969 in Karachi. In 1984, he played his last match against the same opponents in Gaddafi Stadium in his native city, Lahore.

After his 15-year cricket career, Nawaz rose to fame again for his bold and blunt statements against corruption in the game. That’s why he is regularly contacted by the media for his expert opinion on fixing in cricket, and not on bowling.

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Though there is no dearth of riveting performances in Nawaz’s career, his 1979 show is enough to give the shivers to Australians. Watch and enjoy:

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