'Inzamam was biggest middle-order batter in Asia,' says Virender Sehwag

He represented Pakistan in 120 Tests, 378 ODIs and a T20I

By Web Desk
June 03, 2023
Inzamam (L) and Sehwag (R) during their playing days - Circle of Cricket

Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag highly rated ex-Pakistani batter Inzamam-ul-Haq. 

In an interview on YouTube channel, Sehwag said everyone talks about Sachin Tendulkar but Inzamam was on the next level. 

"Inzi Bhai was so sweet. Everyone talks about Tendulkar but I believe that Inzamam was the biggest middle-order batter in Asia," he lauded. 

"Tendulkar was out of batters' league, he was above it. But, Inzamam was best in middle-order. I am talking about 2003-04 when an average of around eight was just an imagination. Teams used to panic in such situations but Inzamam at that time used to stay calm while scoring runs at an average of around eight," he added. 

Inzamam is one of the best batters Pakistan have ever produced. He represented his country in 120 Tests, 378 ODIs and a T20I from 1991 to 2007. He was also a part of Pakistan's World Cup-winning team in 1992. 

Inzamam unimpressed with PCB’s data-driven selection policy

Inzamam is unimpressed with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s data-driven selection policy.

It must be noted that the new selection committee, which was revealed by the PCB last month, will include Chief Selector Haroon Rasheed, Team Director Mickey Arthur, Head Coach Grant Bradburn and Hassan Cheema, who will serve as the committee secretary and manager analytics and team strategy for national men's side.

"I have my reservations regarding the new selection committee and a lot of people in cricket circles feel the same way. If they had included cricketers, who would go to the ground and watch players perform, then it would have been better," Inzamam had said in a media interaction.

"I have never heard about data-based selection, nor is it possible anywhere. Selection should be done based on performances in the ground. Whatever cricket knowledge I have, I don’t think it is a good step," he added.