Nawaz Sharif's Cricket Career Started & Ended With a Duck, But Rival Imran Khan's Political Journey Looks Set for Victory
Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan had completely opposing careers in Cricket. Divided by politics but united by Cricket? Not really. (Photo Credits: PTI)

Islamabad, July 26: A day after Pakistan went to the polls to elect a new Parliament and a new Prime Minister, it is getting clear that cricketer-turned-politician and former Pakistan World Cup winning captain, Imran Khan is leading the race as per the latest trends. However, if you thought that Imran Khan's party is the only party led by a former Cricketer, you are in for a big surprise. Former Pakistan Prime Minister (three times) and Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) founder, Nawaz Sharif, who has been disqualified for life by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in connection to Panama Papers Case, also played first class cricket in Pakistan.

But the former Pakistan Prime Minister's career ended on an inglorious note. Sharif, who was a right-hand batsman, got out for a duck in his only appearance for Railways against PIA (Pakistan International Airlines) in 1973-74. Although Sharif couldn't make it in cricket, he defeated the World Cup winning captain Imran Khan's political outfit, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), in the 2013 General Elections and became the Prime Minister for the third time but his fortunes dipped after he was disqualified.

Talking about the election results trends in Pakistan, Imran Khan's PTI, is leading on 48 seats, with Nawaz Sharif's PML-N (now headed by brother Shahbaz Sharif), a distant second with only 16 seats. Imran Khan, after 22 years of political innings, seems set to take the top post in  Pakistan. Whereas Nawaz Sharif's political career, now seems to reflect his cricketing career, with the only difference being: This time he won't even get to bat in politics, due to his disqualification for life and the 10-year jail term.