Pakistani cricket has a history of legendary athletes who showed great performances in the past in the limited overs and test cricket matches. We have a long list of great batsmen and bowlers making impact worldwide. Starting the innings has been always a challenge for Pakistani cricketers. A lot of new youngsters have been tried during the years have failed to open the innings effectively. But here are a few most effective and legendary openers Pakistan team ever had

Hanif Muhammad was born in 1934 and was former Pakistani cricketer. He played for Pakistan till 1976. The highest of Hanif's Test centuries was a famous 337 made against Indies. This was the only triple century made in second innings. In 1958/59, he surpassed Don Bradman's record for the highest individual first-class innings. Along with Javed Miandad and Imran Khan,Hanif was included in the ICC Hall of Fame in 2009.

Born  in 1966 Sohail's first appeared for the national team in a 1990 one-day International against Sri Lanka.Vert aggressive, Sohail formed one half of Pakistan's last successful and stable opening pairs with Saeed Anwar. He scored double-hundred at Old Trafford in 1992. He was also a good spinner and a bowler. He captained the Pakistani side at numerous occasions including 1996 world cup quarter final in India. Sohail was at the heart of the match-fixing scandal that shocked cricket in the 1990s; his whistle-blowing may have negatively affected his international career.

Born in  1968 in Karachi, Anwar is most notable for scoring 194 runs against India in Chennai in 1997.He was in and out of team in early career. Saeed Anwar graduated from NED University, Karachi in 1989 and is an engineer by profession. He faced a personal tragedy in 2001, when his daughter died after a prolonged illness. On August 15, 2003, he announced his retirement from Cricket His magic was in his wrists, and he had such timing and sense of placement that poor footwork hardly mattered.

Majid remains one of the country's most stylish opening batsmenMajid's Test career started in 1964 against Australia but he became renowned in 1967 when Pakistan toured EnglandMajid Khan and his cousins (sons of his mother's sisters) Imran Khan and Javed Burki spent their careers playing cricket at Oxford and professionallyMajid played his last test for Pakistan in January 1983 vs India at Lahore.

A solid contrast to his regular partner, the flashier Mohsin Khan, Mudassar was a batsman of immense patience, though not as compact as Hanif or with as many strokes. He holds the record for the slowest Test hundred, and alongside his father, Nazar Mohammad, is one of only four Pakistanis to carry their bat through a completed innings. In the right conditions, a more than handy swing bowler.

A right-hander at birth, he was told to switch by elder brothers Hanif and Wazir because they felt he had more of a chance of succeeding that way. Sadiq was immensely brave, like all the Mohammad brothers, once saving a Test against West Indies with a heroic unbeaten 98, made after bearing a fierce facial injury. Loved taking on faster bowlers and scored runs in what were for Pakistanis tough conditions. Pakistan's success in the 70s was based on his partnership with Majid.

A stylist in the Majid mould, Mohsin was amazing to watch. He was born in 1955. He retired from international cricket to pursue a film career He later married Bollywood movie star Reena Roy Movies he featured in includes Gunehgar Kaun, Laatsaab, Pratikaar, Fateh, Saathi, etc. He has since divorced Roy and remarried. As well as the Lord's double-hundred, he scored big runs on the bouncy surfaces of Australia. On 2 March, 2010 Pakistan have named Mohsin Khan as Iqbal Qasim's successor as chief selector of the national cricket team

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