Monday, November 28, 2005

Cricinfo - Grace under fire

A short summary of some of the greatest innings by the Pakistan Cricket Captain Inzamam.

Inzamam-ul-Haq has often talked of the need to handle pressure as being the key to succeeding in international cricket. His best innings, as detailed below, have been compiled when the pressure has been at its greatest, and Inzamam at his most unflappable.


And from here:

Inzamam also has a great sense of timing, and not just with his square drives. He performs when it matters most, and he makes his performances count. Seventeen of Inzi's 24 centuries have been in a winning cause, a proportion second only to Bradman. Inzamam's performances also lift the batsmen around him. When he goes beyond 30, it is like a rising tide, and Pakistan's average score per batsman jumps up by 10 runs, as pointed out by The Numbers Game. And though it appears unlikely that Inzamam will catch up with his great contemporaries in the number of centuries, he does have more scores of 50+ in international cricket than Brian Lara (156, to Lara's 153). Tendulkar is well ahead on this count at 184.