List of international cricket five-wicket hauls by Imran Khan

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Former Pakistan captain, Imran Khan

Imran Khan, a retired Pakistani cricketer, took 24 five-wicket hauls during his career in international cricket. In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five–for" or "fifer")[1] refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a notable achievement,[2] and as of 2014 fewer than 45 bowlers have taken more than 15 five-wicket hauls at international level in their cricketing careers.[3][4][5] A right-arm fast bowler who represented his country between 1971 and 1992, Khan was described by the BBC as "one of the finest fast bowlers cricket has ever seen",[6] while ESPNcricinfo declared him as "the greatest cricketer to emerge from Pakistan, and arguably the world's second-best allrounder after Garry Sobers".[7][8][9] In 1983 he was named as one of the five Cricketers of the Year by the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack,[10] and was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in January 2009.[11][12]


Khan made his Test debut in 1971 against England at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.[13] His first Test five-wicket haul came in 1977 against Australia in a match at Melbourne Cricket Ground which Pakistan lost.[14] In the same year, he took his first pair of five-wicket hauls in a single match against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.[15] By the end of his career, he had claimed five-wickets hauls in both innings of a match on three occasions.[15][16][17] His career-best figures for an innings were 8 wickets for 58 runs against Sri Lanka at Gaddafi Stadium, in March 1982.[16] He took ten or more wickets in a match on six occasions.[18]

Having made his One Day International (ODI) debut in August 1974[13] against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham,[19] Khan's solitary ODI five-wicket haul came in 1985 against India in a match at the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium which Pakistan lost.[20] He took 6 wickets for 14 runs in the match, which was his career-best bowling in ODI cricket.[20] By the time he retired from international cricket in 1992 after nearly 21 years,[13] Khan had taken 23 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket[4] and one in ODIs.[20] As of 2014, he is twelfth overall among all-time combined five-wicket haul takers, a position which he shares with Sydney Barnes, Kapil Dev and Dennis Lillee.[note 1][3]

Key[edit]

Symbol Meaning
Date Date the match was held, or starting date of the match for Test matches
Overs Number of overs bowled in that innings
Runs Runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Batsmen The batsmen whose wickets were taken in the five-wicket haul
Econ Bowling economy rate (average runs per over)
Inn The innings of the match in which the five-wicket haul was taken
Result The result for the Pakistan team in that match
dagger Khan selected as "Man of the match"
double-dagger 10 wickets or more taken in the match
* One of two five-wicket hauls by Khan in a match

Tests[edit]

Five-wicket hauls in Test cricket
No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 1 January 1977 Melbourne Cricket Ground  Australia 3 25.5[note 2] 122 5 3.57 Lost[14]
2 14 January 1977*double-dagger Sydney Cricket Ground  Australia 1 26[note 2] 102 6 2.94 Won[15]
3 14 January 1977*double-dagger Sydney Cricket Ground  Australia 3 19.7[note 2] 63 6 2.37 Won[15]
4 15 April 1977 Sabina Park, Kingston  West Indies 1 18 90 6 5.00 Lost[23]
5 16 February 1979 McLean Park, Napier  New Zealand 2 33[note 2] 106 5 2.40 Drawn[22]
6 15 January 1980 Madras Cricket Club Ground, Chennai  India 2 38.2 114 5 2.97 Lost[24]
7 29 January 1980 Eden Gardens, Kolkata  India 3 23.5 63 5 2.64 Drawn[25]
8 30 December 1980 Ibn-e-Qasim Bagh Stadium, Multan  West Indies 1 22 62 5 2.81 Drawn[26]
9 22 March 1982*double-dagger Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore  Sri Lanka 1 29.3 58 8 1.96 Won[16]
10 22 March 1982*double-dagger Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore  Sri Lanka 3 22.5 58 6 2.54 Won[16]
11 29 July 1982 dagger Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham  England 1 25.3 52 7 2.03 Lost[27]
12 26 August 1982 dagger Headingley Stadium, Leeds  England 2 25.2 49 5 1.93 Lost[28]
13 23 December 1982 double-daggerdagger National Stadium, Karachi  India 4 20.1 60 8 2.97 Won[29]
14 3 January 1983*double-daggerdagger Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad  India 1 25 98 6 3.92 Won[17]
15 3 January 1983*double-daggerdagger Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad  India 3 30.5 82 5 2.65 Won[17]
16 14 January 1983 Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad  India 2 17.2 35 6 2.01 Won[30]
17 27 October 1985 Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot  Sri Lanka 3 18.3 40 5 2.16 Won[31]
18 20 November 1986 Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore  West Indies 2 30.5 59 5 1.91 Lost[32]
19 7 November 1986 National Stadium, Karachi  West Indies 3 22.3 46 6 2.04 Drawn[33]
20 4 July 1987 double-daggerdagger Headingley Stadium, Leeds  England 3 19.1 40 7 2.08 Won[34]
21 23 July 1987 Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham  England 2 41.5 129 6 3.08 Drawn[35]
22 2 April 1988 double-daggerdagger Bourda, Georgetown  West Indies 1 22.4 80 7 3.52 Won[36]
23 17 April 1988 Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain  West Indies 3 45 115 5 2.55 Drawn[37]

One Day Internationals[edit]

Five-wicket haul in ODI cricket
No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 22 March 1985 dagger Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium  India 1 10 14 6 1.40 Lost[20]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ He is third in the equivalent list for Pakistan.[21]
  2. ^ a b c d Eight-ball overs were bowled in this match.[14][15][22]

References[edit]

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  33. ^ "West Indies in Pakistan Test Series – 3rd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
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  35. ^ "West Indies in Pakistan Test Series – 4th Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  36. ^ "Pakistan in West Indies Test Series – 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  37. ^ "Pakistan in West Indies Test Series – 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 

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