1992 World Cup Winner Ramiz Raja was recently sacked from his position as the Pakistan Cricket Board Chief. The ODI specialist during his playing days, Ramiz Raja is also known for his stints in commentary, across the world.
Here are a few little-known facts about the controversial Pakistani Ex-Cricketer –
Raja was born on August 14, 1962. The day is a special one in the history of Pakistan as it is the independence of the country. Ramiz Raja was born on the 15th anniversary of Pakistan.
Ramiz Raja entered the game at a very young age. He made his first-class debut at the age of 14. He made his test debut at the age of 21 but scored just two runs in the match. Raja made his ODI debut at the age of 22, he scored 75 runs in the 50-over format of the game.
From A Cricketing Family
Ramiz Raja is the third brother in the family who took up the game of Cricket. His other two siblings have played first-class cricket for Pakistan. His older brother Wasim has also played for the Pakistani Cricket Team.
Ramiz Raja has always been a superior batter in the limited format of the game. In World Cups, his performance was better than several of his teammates. Raja played 14 games in the World Cup, where he scored 700 runs at an average of 53. He was one of the key players in the 1992 World Cup Winning team Pakistan.
Broke Viv Richards Record
When Raja scored his third World Cup ton, he became the only second batter to do so after Sir Viv Richards. While Richards took 19 games to do so, Raja did it in 13 games.
First Cricketer to..
Ramiz Raja became the first batter to be given out for obstructing the field in ODI cricket. While batting on 98, Raja set off to take a couple and stopped the ball with the bat to avoid getting out.