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Handsome Legend Imran Khan
He was smart, handsome, tall, reserved and he dazzled the world with his amazing talent, he gave cricket another name, he made cricket popular with his personal looks and talent, he is and always will be remembered by cricket fans worldwide. Imran khan, an unbelievably talented all rounder who's name has been mentioned several times in Guinness World Record as one of the best cricket all rounders (person who can bat as well as ball) in the history of cricket and has reached the top like no one else.
He was born in Lahore, Pakistan into a family of six. He entered the world on November 25,1952, the only boy and seventh member of his family. His parents gave him the name Imran Khan Niazi and truly loved him since he is the only boy in their family.
Imran was part of a well-educated family and his parents believed that their children should get the best of education in order to succeed in life. Imran's parents have believed this and followed through with it, and that is why Imran's sisters are so successful today.
When it was time for Imran to go attend a college, he went to the most prestigious public school in Lahore, the Aitchison College. There he was by far the best player on his team, being a very fine batsmen. He was still though quite far from becoming the best in the world. As Imran grew older, his interests went from being a batsmen to being a fast bowler.When sixteen, Imran made his debut for Lahore. Imran's cousins Javed Burki, and Majid Khan were a great part of cricket therefore when he made his test debut people thought it was due to his family connections.
Later, Imran had to put cricket to the side and focus more on his studies.Undoubtedly he was back again at the age of eighteen. He played admirably which resulted in him moving to England as he was chosen to play for a private school there. As the year 1971 approached, he made his test debut while visiting England. During this tour, he was fined many times by the management because he was looked upon by his peers as being a very snobby and wild player. Also on this tour Imran did not play as well. Because of his "not so good" bowling, Pakistan was coasted to settle for a draw. This was the only test match on the tour. When Imran was twenty-one, he was admitted at the Oxford University. For three years he studied economics and politics. In 1974 Pakistan toured England and therefore he was selected because of his fine form for Oxford University and his experience with speaking English. He had not succeeded to make a big mark and all of the three tests were drawn.
In 1976 Imran returned to Pakistan after being away for four years. During the 1976-77 season, Imran got a place in the Pakistan cricket team. He had impressed the team with his fantastic bowling. Later he moved to play with Sussex. Another reason for this decision was Imran's love affair with the nightlife of London. He was quite angry at Worcester (a team he played for before he played for Sussex), because of the racism he found there. During the time he had been playing for other teams, Imran had become quite a big star. Everyone was able to see that this guy had talent and played very well. At this point, not only was he playing well, but had become a superstar. Imran continued to play for Sussex because of his love fore the city. At this point he had become the "father" of the reverse swing.Soon after, under the orders of the top official Imran came back to Pakistan to play test cricket for the series against India. In this match Imran hit two sixes and a four with only seven balls remaining. Because of Imran's huge success, one could easily say that Imran was one of the most adored cricketer through the land at this point.
During the early 80's Imran was not only at his cricketing peak, but had quite a few relations with women including Susannah Costantine ex-model Marie Helving nd artist Emma Sargeant. Some of his relations ended simply because of difference in culture and the busy traveling life of Imran. He brought some of his relationships back home to Pakistan in which he was frowned upon because he was an individual of Muslim faith.
When Imran was thirty, he became the captain of the Pakistan cricket team. He lead them to a victory against England in their second test match.During the years of his captaincy, Imran had broken his shin. Even though this was so, Imran continued to bowl, whether there was pain or not. Because of his injury, Imran was able to put bowling to the side and concentrate more on his batting. Imran improved his batting greatly which led him to his first century in a one day match.
In 1987, Imran decided to retire from cricket. Javed Miandad took his place.Pakistan's best ever captain was gone, the team was in somewhat of crisis .President of Pakistan Zia ul Haq asked him personally to come back, therefore he was back as a captain in 1988.In later interviews he mentioned that personally his passion for the game was no more in 1987, he was already a celebrity around the globe.
1992 was the year of the World Cup Cricket competition, the most prestigious cricket event, Pakistan's start was not good and lost couple of games and was looking to be kicked out in early stages.Years later in an interview he later told that during that time the manager of cricket team came to him and wanted permission to buy airline tickets for home, Imran replied angrily 'don't come to me again and remember you are not out until you are really out.' The Tiger was absolutely correct ,he gathered his team gave them a lecture inspired the spirits of the young team with his charisma and the team responded by making it to the final. In the final at the age of 39, Imran showed no signs of his age scoring highest runs for his team in the final. And then with his prolific captaincy he smacked the opponents, took the last wicket for his team and made history by winning the first and sole World Cup for his motherland.He ended his career with an outstanding score of 3807 runs and 362 wickets.During his career, Imran had turned the Pakistan cricket stars into the stars they are today. The day that Imran retired was a very big day. So big that the President of that time Zia personally tried to stop him from retiring. Imran always believed in retiring at the highest point of his popularity so that people would be able to remember him forever.His name is in hearts of millions and is recognized for all his accomplishments. Imran had officially ended his career as a cricketer and is truly remembered by all. When Imran won the world cup, he had raised twenty five million dollars to build a cancer hospital in memory of his mother. About ten years earlier when Imran's mother had cancer,Imran was desperately looking for some place to take her, but none of the hospital's in Pakistan had the right facilities to treat her. When Imran took her to an outside country, it was too late,she had lost her battle against cancer. Evers since then, Imran dreamed of building a high standard cancer hospital. Today he has a internationally recognized hospital standing in Lahore, Pakistan. It is named after his mother Shawkat Khanam .It is the only hospital of Pakistan that does not charge anything to patients who cannot afford the treatment and most of its patients are children. It is completely dependent on donations and needs at least 400 million + Pak Rupees to run. Although it is very difficult to raise this amount every year but some how he is carrying on to run the hospital. &nb sp; &nb sp; &nb sp; &nb sp; &nb sp; &nb sp; &nb sp; &nb sp; &nb sp; &nb sp; &nb sp; &nb sp; &nb sp; &nb sp; &nb sp; In 1995, Imran decided to settle down and marry. He married Jemima Goldsmith who is the daughter of a
Imran Khan with his wife jemim
billionaire. She was Jewish and converted to Islam by choice just before the two got married. Their wedding took place in Paris. When they came back to London, they threw a party which was more for the public.
On November 18th 1996, Imran and Jemima were the proud parent's of a baby boy. The named him Suleiman Isa. On April 10th, 1999 Jemima gave birth to yet another baby boy. They have named him Kassim. However the wedding broke off in 2003. Today Imran has entered the world of politics and has set up his own party Tehreek-a-Insaf (Campaign for Justice). The party is struggling and in the two elections it participated in, it could get none seat in the first and won a single seat in the next election that seat was of Imran's himself.He is now a Member of National Assembly He continues to fundraise for his hospital.
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