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March 10, 2004

Zed's Greatest

If batting is an art, Zaheer Abbas is arguably cricket's Picasso. The majesty and grace of this former Pakistan captain was often at its highest level when he played against arch-rivals India. An average of 87.00 in Tests and 51.00 in One-day Internationals against India showed how destructive he could be as a batsman.

A look at his greatest Test innings against India.

1978-79: India in Pakistan
Seventeen long years had passed since Pakistan's last Test victory over India. Zaheer, in truly devastating form, slammed 176 in just 315 minutes, with 24 boundaries and two sixes in the first Test at Faisalabad. He followed it up with a double century, 235 not out, in the first innings of the second Test at Lahore, and with the help of Imran Khan and Sarfraz Nawaz set up a victory chase of 126 runs in 100 minutes.

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