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On this Day: Saeed Anwar smashes record-breaking 194 against India at the Chepauk

Pakistan left-handed batter Saeed Anwar won the Player of the Match in the Independence Cup game in Chennai after his match-winning knock.

Saeed Anwar of Pakistan. Courtesy: Reuters

Saeed Anwar of Pakistan. Courtesy: Reuters


  • Anwar became the Player of the Match for his knock
  • Anwar broke Sir Vivian Richards’ 13-year-old record
  • Anwar last played international cricket in 2003

Saeed Anwar was known as one of the consistent top-order batters for Pakistan in ODIs and Test cricket, having scored nearly 13000 runs with 31 centuries and 68 half-centuries. Among all the stupendous knocks he played, the one which stood out was against India back in the 1997 Independence Cup at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

The southpaw scored 194 runs off 146 balls with the help of 22 fours and five sixes. After the visitors won the toss and opted to bat first, they lost the swashbuckling Shahid Afridi early. But Anwar kept going for his shots and tantalizingly missed out on becoming the first batter to notch a double century in ODI cricket.

Ijaz Ahmed and Inzamam-ul-Haq lent Anwar support by scoring 39 runs each. On the back of Anwar’s knock, Pakistan amassed a massive score of 327/5 on the board. The southpaw registered the then highest individual score in ODIs after breaking Sir Vivian Richards’ record of 189* against England in Manchester back in May 1984.


Anwar went on to become the Player of the Match as Pakistan defeated Sachin Tendulkar’s India by 35 runs after bowling the opposition out for 292. Rahul Dravid scored 107 runs for the Men in Blue, but his knock went in vain.

Anwar made his debut way back in 1989 against the West Indies in Perth and made his last international appearance in the 2003 World Cup. Apart from his stupendous prowess with the bat in hand, Anwar was also a reasonable part-time spinner, picking up 40 wickets combining first-class and List A cricket.

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