On This Day, April 16, Salim Malik was born

Pakistan’s Salim Malik was born today in 1963. With 5768 Test runs and 7170 ODI runs, Malik would have retired as one of the legends of the game but it was not to be. Involvement in a match-fixing scandal ruined his image. He was given a life ban for the same. However, the ban was lifted after eight years but it was too late for him to make a comeback on the ground.

  • Malik scored 15 Test centuries in his career which spanned for around 17 years.  His wristy stroke play was a delight to watch. His best period came in 1994  when he scored two brilliant centuries against Australia in the homes series. This was also the same series when he was first accused of the match-fixing. What happened afterwards is history.