UPDATE: May 8, 2013. Imran Khan is not the be-all end-all of Pakistani politics. There's little danger that the things he will say following his injury will be any less intelligent than the things he said before it.
He is, however, the man who destroyed the world's most formidable batting attacks - perhaps ever - single-handedly. That's why he's the post-World War I number one rated bowler
He also was the first Pakistani to lift a cricket World Cup.
And, perhaps most importantly, he is the pinnacle of Pakistani sex-appeal.
'There have always been and always will be people who simply exude sex (who breathe it, who sweat it.) A few examples from thin air: the young Brando, Madonna, Cleopatra, Pam Grier, Valentino, a girl called Tamara who lives opposite the London Hippodrome, right slap in the middle of town; Imran Khan, Michaelangelo's David. You can't fight that kind of marvellous indiscriminate power, for it is not always symmetry or beauty per se that does it [ . . . ] and there are no means by which you can gain it.' - Zadie Smith, White Teeth