Imran, people with this name have a deep inner desire to use their abilities in leadership. As he stood up to his name, Imran Khan is Pakistan’s first and only Cricket captain to win the Cricket World Cup. He has not only won the Cricket World Cup but also a plurality of votes for the premiership in the 2018 General election becoming the first person in the history of Pakistan general election who contested and won in all five constituencies. Check out Imran Khan Wiki, Height, Weight, Age, Girlfriends, Religion, Family, Biography & More.
Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi, also known as IK, The Lion of Lahore and The King of Swing, was born in Lahore on 5 October 1952 (69 years). He was a quiet and shy boy in his youth. Khan grew up with his three sisters under relatively affluent circumstances and received a privileged education. He was educated at Aitchison College in Lahore and the Royal Grammar School Worcester in England, where he excelled at cricket. In 1972, he enrolled in Keble College, Oxford where he studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, graduating with honors in 1975.
Being a well-known cricketer, he has an impressive physique standing tall at 6′ with weight around 75 Kgs. His eye color is hazel brown and quite surprisingly, he has not dyed his hair.
Family, Religion, Marriage, and Affairs
Imran Khan is an Islam by ethnicity and belongs to ‘Pashtun’ caste. He is the only son of Ikramullah Khan Niazi, a civil engineer, and his wife Shaukat Khanum. He lives in Khan House, Bani Gala, Islamabad. Khan belongs to Barelvi Sunni sub-sect.
He is married but had many romantic affairs in the past. Imran Khan had many relationships during his bachelors years and was often designated as a casanova during his time in London.
He has been linked to Zeenat Aman, a prominent Bollywood actress of the 70s.
He was also involved with another Pakistani politician, Benazir Bhutto.
Imran Khan was linked to Emma Sergent (English Artist), Kate Fitzpatrick (Australian Actress), Denise D Lewis (American Model), Sita White (D/o of Sir Gordan White, Baron White of Hull) and many more. He was married three times and has two sons and one daughter.
On May 16, 1995, Khan married a British Producer, Jemima Goldsmith. However, they divorced after 9 years in 2004.
In 2015 July, he again tied the knot with Reham Khan, a journalist but the marriage was short-lived ending 2015 itself.
Imran Khan has currently been hitched again to Bushra Maneka, his spiritual advisor. And it seems he has got a perfect partner, that can go for a long run with him.
He has 2 sons Sulaiman Isa Khan and Kasim Khan from his first marriage with Jemima Goldsmith.
He also has a daughter Tyrian White from Sita White.
Imran grew up with his three sisters Uzma Khanum, Aleema Khanum, and Rubina Khanum in Mianwali in north-western Punjab in Pakistan.
It was at the Royal Grammar School Worcester in England where he learned cricket.
Khan started his cricket career in 1970 playing for home teams and slowly making his way up becoming Pakistan cricket team captain(1982). During his college years at Oxford, he played for Oxford’s Blues Cricket Team as well for Sussex in 1988.
Imran Khan is considered Pakistan’s first genuine fast bowler.
In 1978, at the famous speed test in Perth, Imran Khan came third after Jeff Thomson and Michael Holding. In the 1981-82 series against Australia, Imran broke former Pakistan bowler Fazal Mahmood’s record of 139 wickets for Pakistan. Imran Khan was one of the greatest all-rounders of his era and was often compared with Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, and Richard Hadlee.
The aggressive right-handed batsman and right-arm fast bowler made his ODI International debut on 31 August 1974 against England at Trent Bridge, England, and his Test International debut on 3 June 1971 against England at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, England. Before he led Pakistan to win the 1992 Cricket World Cup, he had announced his retirement from international cricket after the 1987 World Cup. However, it was the military dictator of Pakistan Gen Zia-ul-Haq who had asked him to return to lead the team and the rest is history. Though Pakistani team struggled throughout the 1992 Cricket World Cup, he single-handedly led the team to win the tournament.
He ended his career with 88 Test matches, 126 innings and scored 3807 runs at an average of 37.69, including six centuries and 18 fifties. His highest score was 136 runs. As a bowler, he took 362 wickets in Test cricket, which made him the first Pakistani and world’s fourth bowler to do so. The Domestic teams that he played for were Lahore, Sussex, and New South Wales. His favorite bowling style was in-dippers.
The Lion of Lahore founded Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) political party in 1996. The subsequent year in 1997, he ran for the seat of National Assembly of Pakistan in Pakistani General Election from two constituencies – NA-53, Mianwali and NA-94, Lahore and lost both. In 1999, he began supporting General Pervez Musharraf’s military coup and was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan from Mianwali in Pakistani General Election in 2002. On October 2, 2002, he along with 85 other MPs resigned from Parliament in protest of the presidential election scheduled for 6 October.
On 30 April 2013, Manzoor Wattoo president of Pakistan Peoples Party (Punjab) offered Imran Khan the office of Prime Minister in the possible coalition government. His party PTI emerged as the second largest party in the 2013 Pakistan General Election and Khan became the parliamentary leader of his party. However, on 11 May 2014, he alleged that the 2013 General Elections were rigged in favor of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League.
In 2018, he contested the 2018 General Elections from NA-95 Mianwali and NA-53 Islamabad and won both following which he became the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan. On 10 April 2022, he had to leave the post of the Prime Minister of Pakistan after he lost the no-trust vote in the National Assembly of Pakistan.
Nawaz Sharif is considered to be his biggest political rival.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
Imran Khan has won many awards and adulations.
- In 1983, he was awarded Wisden Cricketer.
- Khan was conferred The Hilal e Imtiaz (Pakistan’s second highest civilian award) in 1992, Pride of Performance in 1993, Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2004 Asian Jewel Awards in London in 2004, Jinnah Award in 2008 and Humanitarian Award and ICC Hall of fame in 2009.
Imran Khan’s net worth has been unpredicted due to regular involvement in elections. As of 2017, his net worth is PKR 1.4 billion (US$13 million).
He has a vintage collection of cars. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and Rolls Royce are his favorites.
- Imran Khan loves listening to music, watching movies and traveling.
- His favorite food is Roasted Desi Murgi.
- Muhammad Rafi and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan are his favorite singers.
- He admires Dennis Lillee, Viv Richards, Michael Holding, Sunil Gavaskar and Abdul Qadir.
- After his divorce from Reham Khan (Imran’s second wife), she accused Imran of being bisexual, taking drugs & alcohol, and adultery. She also mentioned in her autobiography that Imran had an affair with Saqlain Mushtaq (former Pakistani Cricketer).
- In 1994, he admitted to seam-lifting Test matches and scratching the ball with a bottle top once in a county match in 1981.
- In 1996, he was sued by two former England cricketers Botham and Alan Lamb after he allegedly called them “racist.”
- In August 2017, Ayesha Gulalai (a Pakistani politician) framed allegations of harassment against Khan; claiming that she had been receiving offensive messages from him since October 2013. However, Imran Khan refuted the allegations by saying that it was a conspiracy by the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) to malign him.
- He was behind the foundation of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Lahore and Namal College, Mianwali. He dedicated this hospital to his mother, Shaukat Khanum, who had died of cancer.
- Imran Khan is famous for giving young talents the chance to play for their country. It was Imran who spotted Waqar Younis playing a domestic match on television and introduced him to Pakistan’s National Team.
- Khan also served as UNICEF’s Special Representative for Sport(1990) and promoted health and immunization programmes in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand. While in London, he also worked with the Lord’s Taverners, a cricket charity.
- In 2004, he was robbed at gunpoint while driving through the outskirts of Islamabad.
- In 2012, he was declared as Asia’s Person of the year with 88% votes.
- He was among the few bowlers to dismiss Sunil Gavaskar off the first ball of a Test match.
- He published 6 books : Imran: The autobiography of Imran Khan, Imran Khan’s cricket skills, Indus Journey: A Personal View of Pakistan, All Round View, Warrior Race: A Journey Through the Land of the Tribal Pathans, and Pakistan: A Personal History.