3 cricketers who played for both India and Pakistan
Cricket is a craze in both India and Pakistan and the supporters are very emotional going over the top to celebrate victories and ruthlessly critical of defeats.
Before independence India started playing Test cricket from 1932 and Pakistan was later formed after the independence in 1947 and played their first-ever Test in 1952 against India. 3 cricketers who played for both India and Pakistan.
There were 3 cricketers who later played for Pakistan but represented India till Pakistan started playing international cricket. They were Amir Elahi, Gul Mohammed and Abdul Hafeez Kardar. Their brief cricket career is as under :
Elahi was a leg-break bowler who played 1 test for India vs Australia at Sydney in 1947 and later 5 tests for Pakistan from 1952 onwards. He took 7 wickets in 6 tests at 35 average.
A superb fielder Gul Mohammed played 9 tests of which 8 were for India. He was a left-handed batter and a medium pacer. Represented India from 1946 to 1955 before playing one test for Pakistan in 1956. He scored 205 runs in 9 tests at 13 average and took 2 wickets in his Test career. His top score was 34.
Abdul Hafeez Kardar:
Kardar Saab was the most famous of the trio. He played for India from 1946 to 1948 before starting to play for Pakistan from 1948 to 1958. A left-hander batter and left-arm orthodox bowler. He was the first-ever captain for Pakistan and was regarded as a father figure of Pakistan cricket.
He had the most impressive record of the trio scoring 927 runs in 26 tests at 24 average and 5 fifties with a top score of 93. In bowling, he took 21 test wickets and was a highly inspirational figure in Pakistan cricket circles till 1977 as an administrator.