Twitter floods with warm wishes for Prime Minister Imran Khan on his 69th birthday on Tuesday. Social media is abuzz with warm wishes and prayers for the premier.
#HappyBirthdayPMIK has been trending atop on Pakistani’s Twitter since morning. Various social media accounts have been recalling significant achievements of his life in his cricketing career and politics.
International Cricket Council (ICC) also wished him on his birthday. ICC shared the winning moments of the 1992 Cricket World Cup in which the then skipper of the Pakistan Cricket Team lifted the winning trophy and had expressed his dream of completing the cancer hospital.
#OnThisDay in 1952. Imran Khan, the greatest ever Pakistani cricketer was born in Lahore. A cricketer who inspired many, he captained Pakistan brilliantly, rounding off his career with the 1992 World Cup victory before entering politics & becoming Prime-Minister #Cricket pic.twitter.com/8ML9FLriai
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) October 5, 2021
3807 runs and 362 wickets in Tests 🔴
3709 runs and 182 wickets in ODIs ⚪️
Third leading wicket-taker for Pakistan in Tests 🥉
A match-winning all rounder ⭐
A @cricketworldcup winning captain 🏆
And our Prime Minister 🇵🇰
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 5, 2021
“Happy birthday to the man who led @theRealPCB to @CricketWorldCup glory in 1992, the one and only Imran Khan,” said ICC in a tweet.
“A legendary allrounder and an inspirational captain who signed off with a World Cup triumph #OnThisDay A happy 69th birthday to Imran Khan, the greatest cricketer has produced!,” wrote ESPN on Twitter.
One of the greatest captains of all time
Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri, India’s cricket head coach has praised Imran Khan to be one of the greatest captains of all time.
Shastri has recently published his book called “Stargazing: The Players in My Life”, where he declared 1992 world cup winner Imran Khan to be one of the best.
“Imran Khan is one of the greatest captains and players the game has seen. No rocket science is needed to understand why I am declaring him one of the greatest cricketers of all time,” he said.
Justifying his claims, Ravishankar wrote “Why I hold this view hardly needs qualification. His records speak of itself and if at all further validation is necessary, it comes from the experience of those who played with or against him.”
Penning down his memories, he recalled “I saw Imran Khan playing on the television for the first time in 1978 when the Indian cricket team visited Pakistan. When Pakistan came to India the next season, I made sure to get a place in the North Stand at the Wankhede Stadium. Imran’s strength was his remarkable control over swing and reverse swing. The steeply curving late swingers or ‘dippers as they were called then, made life hellish for batsmen.”
Adding praise for the cricketer turned politician Imran Khan, he mentioned “Among the four great all-rounders of that era, Imran was the best batsman, technically and temperamentally, according to the situation demanded.”
Ever since becoming the prime minister, he has racked up tremendous appreciation globally on various occasions.