On this day in 1961, former Pakistan batsman Ramiz Raja was born in Faisalabad, Pakistan. Making his international debut in Karachi against England, Raja went on to play 57 Tests for his country, accumulating 2833 runs at an average of 31.83, including 2 tons and 22 half-centuries. It has to be said that Raja was a better ODI batsman than Tests as the numbers suggest.
He played 198 ODIs for Pakistan and scored 5841 runs for his country at a decent average of 32.09. He also has 9 hundreds and 31 fifties to his name which is not a bad record for a middle-order batsman of 80s and early 90s.
One of Raja’s most memorable knock came against the arch-rivals India in Tests, where he scored 114 to earn a draw for his side in Jaipur in 1986-87. This innings by Raja is still fresh in minds of many Pakistani fans.
Raja, later on, became the chief executive of Pakistan Cricket Board and served in the cricket administration for a long time before he decided that he needed to focus more on his media commitments. He is one of the leading commentators in world cricket, representing Pakistan in the commentary box.
There have been times when Raja has been criticized for his biased opinions on Pakistan cricket but the former Pakistan batsman has always maintained that he saw the game as it is.
Raja also took that key catch in the final of the 1992 ODI World Cup against England, which won the tournament for Pakistan.