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Imran Khan’s Incredible Journey from a Star Cricketer to a Powerful Politician

World | News18 | August 18, 2018, 12:15 pm
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 Early cricketing days - Imran Khan made his test debut in the 1971 English series in Birmingham but failed to make a mark due to his not-so-good performance. In 1974, he debuted in One Day International (ODI) in the Prudential Trophy and was selected in the national team after returning to Pakistan. (image: Getty Images)

Early cricketing days - Imran Khan made his test debut in the 1971 English series in Birmingham but failed to make a mark due to his not-so-good performance. In 1974, he debuted in One Day International (ODI) in the Prudential Trophy and was selected in the national team after returning to Pakistan. (image: Getty Images)

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 Captaining the side - Imran Khan was chosen as the captain of Pakistan cricket team in 1982. He performed stupendously as a fast bowler and all-rounder, leading his team to its first Test victory against England, at Lord’s, after 28 years. Under his captaincy, Pakistan won 14 out of 48 test matches played, losing out on 8 and 26 resulting in a draw. In the ODI version, he played 139 matches, with 77 wins, 57 losses, and one tie.

Captaining the side - Imran Khan was chosen as the captain of Pakistan cricket team in 1982. He performed stupendously as a fast bowler and all-rounder, leading his team to its first Test victory against England, at Lord’s, after 28 years. Under his captaincy, Pakistan won 14 out of 48 test matches played, losing out on 8 and 26 resulting in a draw. In the ODI version, he played 139 matches, with 77 wins, 57 losses, and one tie.

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 Retirement and World Cup - Imran Khan retired in 1987, but returned in 1988, upon Pakistan President General Zia-ul-Haq’s request. He won a Test series against West Indies and was declared ‘Man of the Series’ for his 23-wicket haul in 3 tests. (Image: Getty Images)

Retirement and World Cup - Imran Khan retired in 1987, but returned in 1988, upon Pakistan President General Zia-ul-Haq’s request. He won a Test series against West Indies and was declared ‘Man of the Series’ for his 23-wicket haul in 3 tests. (Image: Getty Images)

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 He became the hero of Pakistan in 1992 when he accomplished his greatest success winning the first ODI Cricket World Cup for Pakistan, defeating England in the finals, at Melbourne, despite suffering from a ruptured shoulder cartilage. He retired from cricket in 1992, with 3807 runs and 362 wickets in tests and 3709 runs and 182 wickets in ODI. (Image: Getty Images)

He became the hero of Pakistan in 1992 when he accomplished his greatest success winning the first ODI Cricket World Cup for Pakistan, defeating England in the finals, at Melbourne, despite suffering from a ruptured shoulder cartilage. He retired from cricket in 1992, with 3807 runs and 362 wickets in tests and 3709 runs and 182 wickets in ODI. (Image: Getty Images)

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 Taking up a social cause - In 1991, Imran Khan established Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust, a charity organization associated with research and development of cancer and other related diseases, named after his mother. (Image: Reuters)

Taking up a social cause - In 1991, Imran Khan established Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust, a charity organization associated with research and development of cancer and other related diseases, named after his mother. (Image: Reuters)

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 Entry into politics - Imran Khan entered politics in 1997 by setting up his own party ‘Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’ (PTI), as an initiative to eradicate mismanagement and corruption in Pakistan. (Image: Reuters)

Entry into politics - Imran Khan entered politics in 1997 by setting up his own party ‘Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’ (PTI), as an initiative to eradicate mismanagement and corruption in Pakistan. (Image: Reuters)

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 He contested in October 2002 elections and was elected as a Member Parliament from Mianwali. (Image: Reuters)

He contested in October 2002 elections and was elected as a Member Parliament from Mianwali. (Image: Reuters)

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 Post-2013 rise - During the 2013 election campaign, he started ‘Naya Pakistan Resolution’, after which his party posed a threat to the main opposing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). (Image: Reuters)

Post-2013 rise - During the 2013 election campaign, he started ‘Naya Pakistan Resolution’, after which his party posed a threat to the main opposing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). (Image: Reuters)

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 Imran rejected the offer to collaborate with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). (Image: Reuters)

Imran rejected the offer to collaborate with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). (Image: Reuters)

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 Imran injured his head and back upon tumbling from a stage during a campaign rally, four days prior to elections and continued to vote appeal from the hospital but the party lost to PML-N. (Image: Reuters)

Imran injured his head and back upon tumbling from a stage during a campaign rally, four days prior to elections and continued to vote appeal from the hospital but the party lost to PML-N. (Image: Reuters)

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 The PM candidate - Today, Imran Khan is widely regarded as being an ally of what remains the most powerful institution in Pakistan – the army, and a frontrunner for the position of the prime minister of Pakistan. (Image: AP)

The PM candidate - Today, Imran Khan is widely regarded as being an ally of what remains the most powerful institution in Pakistan – the army, and a frontrunner for the position of the prime minister of Pakistan. (Image: AP)

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 Victory for Khan in today’s elections would mean an end to decades of domination by the Bhutto and Sharif families, members of whom have served as either prime minister or president for half the time since 1970. (Image: AP)

Victory for Khan in today’s elections would mean an end to decades of domination by the Bhutto and Sharif families, members of whom have served as either prime minister or president for half the time since 1970. (Image: AP)

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