Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara is the youngest of four siblings and has many other talents besides being a good cricket player. At school he excelled in both cricket and tennis. He is multilingual and is able to speak fluently in Sinhalese, Tamil and English. He is also ambidextrous and can use either arm with equal skill. He is a law student and wants to follow in the footsteps of his father who is a lawyer.

Javed Miandad's parents migratedfrom Ahmedabad (Gujarat), India in1947 and Miandad himself was bornin Karachi after they had moved toPakistan. Miandad made his Testdebut against New Zealand atLahore on October 9, 1976. Hescored a century in this match, tobecome the youngest player (atthat time) to do so, at the age of 19years and 119 days.

Former Pakistan captain and fast bowler Imran Khan once took part in a fast bowling competition featuring the fastest bowlers of the world in Perth in 1978. He finished third, clocking 139.7 kmph, behind Jeff Thomson and Michael Holding, but ahead of Dennis Lillee, Garth Le Roux and Andy Roberts. This was remarkable since during his country cricket days, from 1971 to 1976, he was regarded as an average medium pace bowler.

Former West Indies fast bowler and now commentator Michael Holding was an outstanding athlete as a teenager and was an accomplished 400 metre runner. His running speed and athletic ability helped him in cricket also and he had a superbly rhythmic run-up. Thanks to his athleticism, he could bowl effortlessly at great speed and extract considerable bounce even from lifeless tracks.