Wallis Mathias was a Pakistani cricketer born on 4th February 1953. He was the first non-Muslim cricketer to play for the Pakistani team on an international level. His father worked as a porter at the Karachi Gymkhana.
Mathias was a seasoned, stylish right-handed batsman. He played in the middle order. His exceptional reflexes made him a gifted fielder. He was famous for being Pakistan’s first good slip fielder who ‘changed the atmosphere in the slip cordon’.
Mathias made three half centuries in his test career against West Indies. He played 21 Tests and scored 783 runs at an average nearing 24. Mathias was a fine batsman in the domestic circuit. He played 146 matches and scored more than 7,500 runs at an average of more than 44. He scored 16 centuries and 41 half-centuries in First-Class cricket.
He was a run scorer in the domestic cricket team of Pakistan and is accredited to playing match winning innings for Karachi Blues. Later in his career Mathias joined the newly formed National Bank team. He became their first ever captain and played for the team until 1977.
Wallis Mathias died of a brain hemorrhage on September 1st, 1994 at the age of 59. After Mathias, Pakistani Christians still await a cricketer they can be proud of.