A brave strokeplayer with a sound defence and an attitude to boot, Faisal Iqbal is an thrilling middle-order prospect for Pakistan. He perfoms when it needed, He elevation into the Test team was criticised on ground of favoritism - he is Javed Miandad's nephew. But he established that he was worth that Test cap with an Attacking counter-attacking 83 off 85 balls in the first Test against Australia in Colombo in 2002-03. He was essentially impressive against Shane Warne, using his feet superbly to seize the drive for Pakistan, and he did it all with a strut that was appetizingly suggestive of his uncle.
He couldn't repeat his performance in the whole series, or in the two Tests he played in South Africa in 2002-03.A hiatus followed from the national side though he remained a performer at domestic level. It seems to have finally paid off when in 2005-06, on the back of an amazingly successful domestic season, Iqbal was called up to play for Pakistan against India in his hometown of Karachi, as a substitution for the injured Inzamam-ul-Haq. A failure in the first innings meant pressure in the second was plentiful; it didn't seem to influence him as with some assured, trademark backfoot play and composed defence, he scored an attractive maiden Test hundred, finally assure Pakistan a comfortable win
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