Ijaz Ahmad 139 off 84 balls innings is what India has not forgotten yet. It was one of the most blistering innings at its age. Ijaz Ahmad was the Pakistani rock solid batsman in the nineteens. He was not a glorious as Javed Miandad or Zaheer Abbas but prior to Muhammad Yousaf and Inzimam Ul Haq, Ijaz was the greatest find Pakistan ever had in the batting department or the spin bowling department.
Pakistan lost the world cup to India in 1996 quarter final when the great Javed had to retire from the international scene. Ijaz Ahmad kept on playing some superb innings for Pakistan later on in the tour of India in 1997. Due to the dashing strokes of Ijaz Ahmed on the Indian soil, Pakistan won by 9 wickets.
Ijaz Ahmad 139 Off 84 balls was one of the most blistering innings in its age.
His full name was Ijaz Ahmed. He was born in 20, 1968. He was born in Sialkot in Punjab.He retired from the international cricket. In the third One Day Match played in India, Pakistan grabbed victory with Ijaz Ahmad 139 off 84 balls. Pakistan won the match well before the remaining overs with 139 balls to spare.
Ijaz was a talented player. Tony Greig used to call him the rock bottom of Pakistan batting lineup. He played internationally for Pakistan for almost two decades and also played domestic cricket for Gujranwala Cricket Association, Habib Bank Limited. He was a right handed batsman who was also a part of Islamabad Cricket Association. He also used to bowl with left arm medium pace. Javed Miandad and Wasim Akram as captains used to utilize him often as a useful bowler in the ODIs.
The day was 2 October 1997, it was a day and night match. 50 over contest is always a big occasion in the Gaddafi Stadium where the lovers of cricket go crazy for cheering their super stars. India was batting first, they made 4.37 runs per over in 50 overs. They made 216 in 49.2 overs. Legends like Tendulkar and Azhar Ud Din could not make any good score. Only Ajay Jadeja made made a solid 76. Waqar Younis and Aaqib Javed Took 2 wickets each. Pakistan had to chase a total of 217 runs in 50 overs.
Watch below Ijaz Ahmad 139 off 84 balls innings.
The video contains sensational memory of a match between the two traditional rivals. The two of the greats Ijaz Ahmad and Shahid Afridi came to open the batting for Pakistan. They wanted Pakistan to win. Afridi was able to support Ijaz with great powerful innings of 47. That was the prime time for Afridi’s life. He was useful in the top and middle order frequently. Afridi hit 3 sixes and 5 boundaries. He had the best strike rate in the world at that time, in this historic match, it was 204.34.