Last-surviving member of Pakistan’s maiden Test XI, Waqar Hasan passes away
The last surviving member of Pakistan’s first Test squad Waqar Hasan has breathed his last at the age of 87 in Karachi. He was a part of the team that faced India in New Delhi on October 1952 at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground.
The right hander was one of the most elegant and stylish batsmen in the history of Pakistan cricket. He started his career not impressively getting out in a single digit score in both innings of his debut Test which Pakistan lost by an innings and 70 runs against India.
But Waqar marked his presence in the third Test in Mumbai where he hammered half centuries in both innings.
In the fifth and final Test at the Eden Gardens, Waqar’s defiant 97 runs knock saved Pakistan from a certain defeat. He and Fazal Mahmood added 64 runs for the seventh wicket after Pakistan were reduced to 152 for 6 in the second innings and trailed by 140 runs on the first innings.
Eventually he ended up as Pakistan’s highest run-scorer in the five match series with 357 runs at an average of 44.63.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani mourned over the demise of Waqar Hasan and expressed his deep condolences for family and friends.
“It is a sad day for Pakistan cricket as today we have lost our last hero who put us on the world cricket map in 1952. He was from that elite group cricketers that laid the foundation of what turned into a proud cricket nation.
“I had the privilege of knowing him personally and I have nothing but utmost respect for Waqar,” Mani said.
“Waqar was not only an outstanding cricketer but a thorough gentleman who set very high standards. He was an articulate and smart cricket administrator who contributed in Pakistan with his wisdom and progressive approach and vision.
“On behalf of the PCB, I offer my deepest condolences to Waqar Hasan’s family and friends, and assure them that Waqar will always be remembered for the immense contribution he made to Pakistan cricket.”
Waqar Hasan’s another memorable display of batting showed during Pakistan’s 1955-56 home series against New Zealand. Waqar along with Imtiaz Ahmed built a gigantic 308 run partnership propelling Pakistan to win in the particular occasion.
He last played a Test in 1959 against Australia in Lahore. He scored 1,071 runs from 21 Tests for Pakistan. In 99 first-class appearances, he scored 4,741 runs at 35.64 with eight hundreds.