“Fazal bowled with demoniac grace. He was a man inspired

to crush the Indian batsmen”

–Abdul Hafeez Kardar, Pakistan Captain, 1952.

It has been 63 years, to the day, since Pakistan won their first Test match. On October 26, 1952 Pakistan achieved their first ever victory in Test cricket in just their second Test match by defeating India by an innings in Lucknow. The picture shows a reception being thrown for the visiting Pakistani team by the Governor of Lucknow. The match was made memorable by a blistering spell with the ball by Fazal Mehmood, who took a 12-wicket haul.

Since that dayPakistan has won 125 test matches, which pushes them one ahead of India, who have 124. While India’s 124 wins have come in 491 Tests, Pakistan has played only 394 to win 125. Pakistani cricket fans may take solace in this statistic over their nearest rivals, but the overall story of Pakistani Test cricket has been mixed. Spot fixing and ball tampering incidents have marred the sport, but cricket manages to endure. And the team seems to be making a comeback – as evidenced by the test win against England.