Sports in Pakistan looks very different than other parts of the world. Pakistani have different attitude towards sports that’s why Pakistan produced iconic sportsmen that got fame not only Asia but across the whole globe. Pakistani enjoyed a variety of sports like Cricket, Field hockey, Squash, Snooker and many more. The stars of these sports are among the most famous sportsmen in the country. Let’s take a glance on Top 10 Most “Popular Sportsmen Pakistan” ever in the History of Pakistan Sports.
Honorable mention –
Hasan Habib – Poker
Hasan Habib (born 19 April, 1962 in Karachi, Pakistan) is a Pakistani American professional poker player. During his early years in Pakistan, Habib was the Pakistan 14-and-under National Tennis Champion. Habib went to America at the age of 18 to study business at the University of Redlands. He also once owned a nationwide chain of video stores. He began playing casino poker in 1985, and had his first poker tournament cash in 1993. Hasan Habib is easily the most successful Pakistani poker player in the history of the game. Habib has been one of the most successful players in over the last 15 years and has one WSOP bracelet after winning the Stud Hi-Lo Event in 2004 WSOP. For his career, Habib has earned $5.4 Million in poker events from around the world. he deserving a place in popular Pakistani sportsmen.
Popular Sportsmen Pakistan History
World record holder for Most Five Wickets Hauls in ODI history. he is former captain pakistan cricket team. Waqar Younis really put the reverse into swing. Waqar Younis changed the 1980’s trend (pitching fast and short) by pitching fast and full. Not an obvious recipe for success until you factor in prodigious late in-swing, which was designed to smash into the base of leg stump or the batsman’s toes. In his young age, he was one of the fastest ever. Waqar’s surging run was a glorious sight – and an incredible strain on his body.
His method of aiming for the stumps rather than the batsman earned him the best strike rate of any bowler with over 200 Test wickets. It could have been better back injuries cut short his prime, but determination has always resurrected him, although he was easily pushed over the line that divides aggression and intimidation. his in-swinging yorker was the most killing delivery for batsman. after retiring from cricket he served for pakistan as a head coach. one of the greatest bowlers in cricket has to every right to be in the list of Most Popular Sportsmen Pakistan.
Hassan Sardar – Hockey
world hockey Considering Hassan Sardar one of the best center forward’s that Pakistan has ever produced, Hassan Sardar helped to lead the Pakistan Field Hockey team to the gold medal in both the 1982 World Cub and in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. After retiring from hockey he served for pakistan as a selector. Hassan Sardar, without any doubt one of the greatest hockey player, and also the popular sports person in pakistan.
Jansher khan – Squash
Jansher Khan (born 15 June 1969, in Peshawar, Pakistan is a former World No. 1 professional squash player from Pakistan. During his career he won the World Open a record eight times, and the British Open six times. Jansher is of Pashtun ethnicity and belongs to Nuwai Kelai, Peshawar. He came from a family of outstanding squash players. Jansher khan won the World Junior Squash Championship title in 1986. He also turned professional that year. At the time, the men’s professional tour was dominated by another great Pakistani player – Jahangir Khan.
(Jansher is not known to be directly related to Jahangir, but their families originate from the same village in the Peshawar region of northern Pakistan, so they may be distantly related. Jansher officially announced his retirement from squash in 2001. He won a total of 99 professional titles and was ranked the World No. 1 for over six years. his popularity decreased due to controversies with the federation. still one of the popular athlete in Pakistan.
Samiullah Khan – Hockey
Samiullah Khan born on September 6, 1951, Bahawalpur, is a former field hockey player from Pakistan, who was nicknamed The Flying Horse because of his great speed. He played as a left winger for his native country in 1970s and 1980s.in World of hockey known as “Flying Horse” So breathtaking was the power, rhythm,grace and control of this celebrated left-winger. He was instrumental in Pakistan’s bronze medal in the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, and winning gold in Asian Games in Bangkok in 1978. Khan retired from international hockey in 1982 while he was a captain of Pakistan. . He later managed the Pakistani team, quitting in 2005. flying horse is the 5th in our list of most popular sportsmen in pakistan.
Shoaib Akhtar – Cricket
The legend of Pakistan cricket Shoaib Akhtar Known as ‘Pindi Express’ , Tiger and ‘The Terrorist of Cricket’. is widely regarded to be world’s fastest and most feared bowlers in the history of international cricket. In 1999 Akhtar captured eight wickets in the Asian Test championship match at Calcutta, Against India – In this match he clean bold Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar at successive deliveries. Ironically it was the first ball he ever bowled to Sachin Tendulkar and Equally This Was The 1st Ever “Golden Duck” for Little Master. He is also known as one of only three bowlers to have ever broken the 100 mph barrier in cricket history, with a delivery of 101.3 mph, during the 2003 World Cup against England, and this delivery stands as the fastest recorded to date.
Wasim Akram – Cricket
Wasim Akram born on June 3, 1966 in Lahore, is a former Pakistani cricketer. He was a left-arm fast bowler and left-handed batsman, who represented the Pakistani cricket team in Tests and One Day Internationals Wasim Akram is considered one of the best fast bowlers in cricket history. he is the first bowler in ODI’s cricket history to reach 300,400,and 500 wickets. he takes 502 wickets in ODI’s and 414 wickets in Test matches he got hat-tricks both ODI’s and test matches and hold the world record in List A cricket for most wickets at 881. In addition, he was one of the founders of reverse swing bowling. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009 and he serves as the bowling coach for the Kolkata Knight Riders (India). even after retirement he is most popular sports celebrity in pakistan.
Javed Miandad – Cricket
Mohammad Javed Miandad born 12 June 1957, popularly known as Javed Miandad is a former Pakistani cricketer who played between 1975 and 1996. He is Pakistan’s leading run scorer in Test cricket. described him that he is “the greatest batsman Pakistan has ever produced”. Javed has served as a captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. He is widely known for – his historic last ball big sixer against India in 1986, when 4 runs were required to win – winning an international game in that fashion for the first time. After his playing career, he has remained the coach of Pakistan cricket team at various occasions, as well as held positions in the Pakistan Cricket Board. He had three coaching stints with the Pakistan national team.
Shahid Khan Afridi
Many people will disagree by this ranking that why Afridi is at number third inspite on many others legends but the reason is that fame and class of Shahid is combined he is unmatchable. Afridi got so much fame that any star ever surpass him. he is Currently Most Famous Super Star in Pakistan. AFIRDI one of the most well known Pakistani cricketers who need no introduction in world of cricket across the globe is known as BOOM BOOM among fans and LALA among his team members.
He is the most popular due to his aggressive batting style and holds a lot of international records including the fastest 100 in ODI’s [Detail of top 30 fastest Centuries] (37 balls), maximum sixes in ODI, scoring maximum(32) runs in one over, longest six in the history of cricket. He is one of the most unpredictable players who can change the game at any critical or last moment. He had not only crazy fame due to his cricket but also for his charming and impressive personality with Height 5 feet, 11 inches. in his personality his beard added much more. Due to his attractive personality public is crazy for his one glimpse on the crease. His presence remains as ray of hope for viewers till the last moment no matter how difficult the match might. truly the most popular cricketer among the youngsters in pakistan.
Imran Khan – Cricket
Imran Khan Niazi (born November 25, 1952) is a Pakistani cricketer and currently politician. Imran Khan was Pakistan’s most successful cricket captain. he plays for the Pakistan cricket team from 1971 to 1992.pakistan cricket team won the first and only ODI’s worldcup under has brilliant captancy. He was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2010. he was one of the greatest cricketers in history of cricket.
after retiring from cricket he formed political party (pakistan tehreek e insaafPTI). Due to his political policies and his popularity and afcource has leadership quality many think that Imran Khan may be in line to become the country’s Prime Minister.
Jahangir Khan – Squash
Jahangir Khan, born on December 10, 1963, in Karachi, is a former World No. 1 Professional Squash player from Pakistan. Due to his achievements we put him at No 1st in our list Moin Akhtar (A Legend Pakistani Acter) once said that when he was in immigration at Sydney Airport a person saw his passport & said to him “ooohh… you’re from Jahangir Kahn’s country” Jahangir Khan is easily the greatest player in the history of professional squash Not just in pakistan but all over the world. he won an incredible 555 consecutive matches From 1981 to 1986 This is the longest winning streak of all-time for an athlete in professional sports. He currently serves as the President of the World Squash Federation, since 2002.
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