Birthday special: Six cricketers who made a sensational comeback

Updated: Dec 16, 2016, 10:33 IST | mid-day online correspondent |

Former Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan, who is known to script one of the most historic comebacks in the sport, celebrates his birthday today. We look at other cricketers who made comebacks that would make all to sit up and take notice.

Former Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan, who is known to script one of the most historic comebacks in the sport, celebrates his birthday today. We look at other cricketers who made comebacks that would make all to sit up and take notice.

Imran Khan
Imran Khan
By far one of the greatest comebacks, Imran Khan retired in 1987 after a successful career. But at age 39, he returned to captain the ODI side and led them to winning the 1992 World Cup - their one and only.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir

The Indian opening batsman made a return during the Test series against New Zealand after Shikhar Dhawan suffered an injury. But it was his sensational Ranji form that caught  the selection panel's eye. He scored 147 in his last Ranji match. In his first Test after a long gap, Gambhir went on to score a vital century

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh
India's flamboyant all-rounder faced his biggest setback after being diagnosed with cancer in 2011. He made his comeback to the team in 2012 during the WT20 and was the highest wicket taker in the tournamnent. In 2013, his T20I performance showed great improvement and by 2014 he went on to surpass Gambhir as India's leading T20I run scorer.

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman
The former Indian batsman's form began to decline during 2004-05. But in the later part of the year he scored a fine hundred to help India defeat Sri Lanka. He followed it up with a fifty to help the team to a historic win against South Africa.

Mathew Hayden
Matthew Hayden

After a historic 380 runs in the 2003 Test against Zimbabwe, Hayden faced a huge slump in 2004 and did not score a century in 16 Tests. He then made a strong return with a century in 2005 Ashes and signalled a great performance in 2005-06. He also reached the 5000 run mark during the test series against England scoring two fifties.

Robin Singh
Robin Singh
One of India's finest fielders, Robin Singh made a comeback to India's squad after seven-years and went on to be an instrumental force in many of India's ODI wins in the next five years. He was known for as a dependable middle-order batsman and a great fielder.

(All Pics/ AFP)

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