Miran Bakhsh (Cricketer)

2018-02-06 11:06:10Miran Bakhsh
Pakistan offspinner Miran Bux's main claim to fame is that he was the second-oldest debutant in Test history. He was 47 years 275 days when, in his last season of first-class cricket in 1954-55, he was called up against India at Lahore. It was a short-lived experiment - he took only two wickets in his two Tests - but Miran did at least end with a first-class bowling average of 19.
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Miran Bakhsh

  • In Urdu :

    میران بخش

  • Full Name :

    Malik Miran Bakhsh

  • In Urdu :

    ملک میران بخش

  • Famous As:

    Cricketer

  • Nationality:

    Pakistani

  • Residence:

    Rawalpindi, Pakistan

  • Religion:

    Islam

  • Profession:

    Cricketer

  • Born
  • Date:

    April 20, 1907

  • Place:

    Rawalpindi, British India (now Pakistan)

  • Family
  • Ethnicity:

    Malik

  • Died
  • Date:

    8 February 1991

  • Age:

    83 Years

  • Rest Place:

    Rawalpindi, Pakistan

  • Career
  • National Side:

    Pakistan

  • Team Role:

    Bowler

  • Bowling Style:

    Right-arm offbreak

  • Batting Style:

    Right-hand bat

  • Matches:

    2 -Tests &15 - First-class

  • Wickets :

    2-Tests & 48 - First-class

  • Bowling Average:

    57.50 -Tests & 19.43 - First-class

  • Batting Average:

    1.00 -Tests & 3.31 - First-class

  • Best Bowling:

    2/82 -Tests & 6/15 - First-class

  • Balls Bowled:

    348 -Tests & 2803 - First-class

  • Runs Scored:

    1 -Tests & 53 - First-class

  • Test Debut:

    29 January 1955 v India

  • Test Last:

    13 February 1955 v India

  • Domestic team:

    Pakistan, Punjab, Rawalpindi, Services (Pakistan)

Details

Mini Bio

Miran Bakhsh (sometimes spelled Bux) remains a quizmaster’s favourite, for at 47 years 284 days he remains the second-oldest Test debutant. Only James Southerton (49 years 119 days) was older when he played his first Test. Bakhsh last played Test cricket at 47 years 302 days, which is also the sixth in the all-time chart.[1] Miran Bakhsh - Bio

Early Life

But there was more. Gifted with immense hands, Bakhsh toiled for hours in the Rawalpindi Ground, where he worked as coach and groundsman. His First-Class career only amounted to 15 matches, but they fetched him 48 wickets at 19. Take away his 2 disastrous Tests (2 for 82 and 0 for 33, against India in 1954-55), and the domestic numbers read 46 wickets at 18. One must remember that he was almost 43 when he made his First-Class debut.

Test Career

He made his Test debut almost out of obscurity. He had played a solitary First-Class match till then, that too five years ago. He bowled Pananmal Punjabi and Vijay Manjrekar (the latter for a duck), but that was it. The following season he took 6 for 15 against East Pakistan Whites. And after he turned 50 he had 5 for 81 against Railways, and more significantly, 4 for 41 and 5 for 31 against Combined Services. Even in his last match, at 51, he had match figures of 4 for 45.

Tour of West Indians

Bakhsh first came into prominence with 5 for 61 against the touring West Indians of 1948-49. His wickets included George Headley and Clyde Walcott. When a Commonwealth XI came next winter, he took 5 for 19 to bowl them out for 81, and backed that up with 5 for 63 in the second innings.


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