Chris Harris was steaming in. 9 runs required from 8 balls. And smoked! Moin goes down one knee and slogged the ball over long-off for a six. 3 needed off 7 and the next ball, Moin puts that ball through square leg for four to give Pakistan a famous victory and send them to their first-ever final in the 1992 world cup. That’s many of us remember Moin Khan’s short but memorable innings. There was always something about him. Wicket keepers back then were mostly picked to keep wickets. Moin, on the other hand, came to a different level. He wasn’t as best gloveman as Rashid Latif was, but surely a better batsman than him especially in ODI format. He was always known for his quick, gritty innings that he uses to give at the back end for Pakistan. He has played some great innings to take Pakistan into a comfortable position and sometimes even win matches from there. Then like the rest, he also left the stage. Lately, his son Azam Khan has made the headlines in the ongoing of the 5th edition of PSL. If I have to be honest, I never really seen much of Moin. But Azam, his batting reminds my father of how Moin Khan used to bat. Twice in three innings, Azam came out to bat on a position where his team needed some help. He scored 59 off 33 against Islamabad United, and 46 off 30 against Karachi which resulted in a win for Quetta Gladiators. Every shot he hit and every time the camera was on to Moin, you could see a father smiling. That priceless smile. A smile every father would give when his son succeeds him. His shots were glorious. Like that one, he pulled off Akif Javed in the first game was something. Or coming down the wicket to hit a spinner for six, or going back into the crease and powerfully hit down is something that Moin used to do a lot. Despite the apparent lack of experience, Moin has promised Azam will conjure blazing innings in the forthcoming edition.
“Azam’s a talented player, a big-hitter and has tremendous potential. He’s practicing and working hard and can make a big impact,” Moin Khan said.
The fact that how Pakistan can’t digest that when a former cricketer’s son or nephew comes in and play cricket. They labeled them as “parchi” as Imam ul-Haq, nephew of Inzamam ul-Haq, has been labeled one. But there is no backing out when they perform and help them in their team’s victory. And we wish Azam continue his spectacular performance throughout this PSL and make a name for himself, and make his father proud.