BiographyNazar Mohammad was born on 5th March 1921 in Lahore, Punjab. He was a Pakistani cricketer who played in five Tests in 1952. He was [:img:With son Mudassar nazar at Islamia College, Lahore. His son Mudassar Nazar also represented Pakistan in cricket for many years in the 1970s and 1980s. In October 1952, in Pakistan's second Test match and first Test victory, he became the first player to score a Test century for Pakistan, and the first player to remain on the ground for an entire Test match.
Early LifeBorn in Lahore in undivided India, Nazar was the youngest of five brothers. He was registered Mohammad Nazir at birth. He took to cricket after his elder brothers Sharif and Sultan. Sharif Mohammad had had represented Northern India in Ranji Trophy, and had a batting average of 39.50. The name ‘Nazar’ was acquired somehow during his playing days at Minto Park. His performances for Mandot CC made him a celebrity of sorts in Lahore club circuit. However, he first grabbed attention with 217 for Islamia High School, Bhaati Gate against the Sheranwala Gate branch of the same school. He later went to Islamia College. Nazar followed his brother’s footsteps into the Northern India side.
Shift to PakistanSubsequent to the Indian Independence, Nazar moved to Pakistan, when West Indies toured India in 1948-49 they made a detour of Pakistan, where Nazar scored 87 against John Trim, Gerry Gomez, and John Goddard, adding 148 with Imtiaz Ahmed. Touring Ceylon later that season he scored 170, adding 269 with Murawwat Hussain. Nazar kept on scoring runs consistently and finished 1951-52 with four 427 runs at 61.00 scoring two hundreds in 1951-52; when MCC toured Pakistan that season (when they toured India) he scored 140 and 66 against them in back-to-back matches against Brian Statham, Derek Shackleton, Donald Carr, and Roy Tattersall; he was an automatic choice for Pakistan’s tour of India, East Pakistan, and Burma next season.
Mudassar Nazar Son
Mudassar Nazar holds the notoriety (or record) of authoring the slowest ever Test ton, he reached the three figure mark in 419 balls and 557 minutes against Mike Brearley's visiting English side in 1977-78. Following his father's footsteps, he became the second Pakistani batsman to carry his bat as an opener after the former when he achieved the feat against India in 1982-83. Nazar was also decent right-arm medium bowler, falling into the 'partnership breaker' category. Following his retirement, Nazar turned to coaching. After a stint with Pakistan, Nazar also served as Kenya's coach.
- Nazar Mohammad faced the first ball and scored the first hundred for Pakistan in Test cricket, and was also the first batsman to carry his bat through an innings for them. He played Pakistan’s first 5 Tests, opening batting with Hanif Mohammad in every occasion, often putting up one relentless blockathon after another.
- Before his career came to this abrupt end, Nazar scored 2,739 runs at 41.50. His Test average of 40 was also reasonable. He was so good a fielder that the Indian commentators called him Prince of Gully.
- He played for North-West Frontier Province in Ranji Trophy before moving to Pakistan. An excellent show in 1951-52 earned him a place in Pakistan’s maiden Test tour, of India. Nazar and Hanif added 64 for the first wicket in the first innings at Delhi.
- He also served Pakistan as national coach and national selector. His younger son Mudassar Nazar outdid Nazar in stature. When Mudassar carried his bat with 152 against India at Lahore in 1982-83, the Nazars became the first father-son pair to achieve the feat.
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