Mini BioMiran 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.
Early LifeBut 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 CareerHe 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 IndiansBakhsh 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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