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    HBD Saeed Saeed The Anwar: Batsman who scored 194 in ODIs against India, turned to religion after daughter’s death

    New Delhi. September September is a special day in the history of cricket because on this day in 1966, the legend of Pakistan Saeed Saeed Anwar was born. Saeed’s family members were in Tehran but later settled in Pakistan. Saeed Saeed led Pakistan to victory in many matches in his career. He was considered as the legendary batsman of ODI format.

    Saeed Saeed Anwar, who holds the record for highest individual score in 12-year ODI history, turns 53 today, on September 6, 2021. He made his international debut in 1989 and scored just 3 runs in his first match against the West Indies in Perth. However, he played a lot of great innings after that. In 2003, he played the last international match of his career.

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    In 1997, he played a 194-run innings against India in Chennai, which is still remembered today. The Pakistan opener scored 194 runs in that match, which was the biggest innings in ODIs at the time. In 2009, Zimbabwe’s Charles Coventry scored an unbeaten 1 run, but three years later in 2000, the great Sachin Tendulkar broke the record by scoring an unbeaten 200 runs.

    Saeed scored a century against India in the 200 World Cup, but Pakistan lost that match. He was deeply hurt by his daughter’s untimely death and returned to religion. He grew a beard and joined the Tablighi Jamaat. Not only that, he also started giving religious lectures.

    Speaking of Saeed Saeed Anwar’s career, he has played 55 Tests and 247 ODIs. He has 4052 runs in Tests and 8824 runs in ODIs. He has scored 11 centuries and 25 half-centuries in Tests and 20 centuries and half-centuries in ODIs. He has also taken wickets in the ODI format. He has 10,169 runs to his name in his first-class career.

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