Not every player has the fortune of representing two different nations. Such examples between perenially warring neighbours India and Pakistan are even rarer.
New Delhi, June 15: Not every player has the fortune of representing two different nations. Such examples between perenially warring neighbours India and Pakistan are even rarer.
However, there are a grand total of three cricketers who have managed this unique feat.
1. Gul Mohammad
Making is debut for the Indian cricket team in 1946, Gul Mohammad went on to play eight Test matches for the erstwhile undivided India.
Two of those engagements were against newly-formed Pakistan while five were in the 1947/48 season against Australia who boasted the legendary Don Bradman among their ranks.
The elegant left-hand batsman had a host of exploits in the Ranji Trophy to his credit.
During the 1947 Ranji Trophy final between Holkar and Baroda, he posted a career best score of 319 runs.
Coming in to bat at 91/3 in the second innings, he stitched together a massive partnership of 577 runs with Vijay Hazare, who scored 288.
The duo broke the previous record of 574 runs which was posted by Frank Worrell and Clyde Walcott of the West Indies. The new record was destined to stand for another 59 years.
Gul Mohammad later shifted to Pakistan and played his only Test against his former India teammates in 1956. The match, which was played in Karachi, saw the hosts win by nine wickets.
The match eventually turned out to be the last international engagement for Gul Mohammad, who retired in 1959.
2. Abdul Kardar
Kardar represented undivided India during a Test series in England in 1946. He scored a resilent 43 during his debut at Lord’s.
He became the first to captain Pakistan in Test cricket in 1952 when he led the newly formed nation in the first-ever series against India.
He played 23 Tests for Pakistan and led the team to victory against all the Test playing nations of that era.
3. Amir Elahi
A leg-spinner, Amir Elahi made his India debut during a tour to Australia in 1947. That was his only Test match in Indian colours.
He later played five Test matches for Pakistan.
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