Imran Khan, cricket hero turned politician via glamorous marriage, has lived several different lives over more than three decades in Pakistan's spotlight.
Best known for leading the nation to its only cricket World Cup success in 1992, he now steers his own small opposition party through Pakistan's choppy political waters.
He was arrested Wednesday after he emerged from hiding for the first time since emergency rule was declared, appearing at Punjab University only to be quickly whisked away.
Khan was put back under house arrest in line with a detention order issued after President Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency on November 3, and which he had avoided by slipping the net.
Khan, who turns 55 later this month, was born into an upper-middle-class family belonging to Pakistan's fiery ethnic Pashtun community. He went on to study politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University in England.
On his return he joined Pakistan's dejected cricket team, and turned its fortunes around -- playing 82 Tests between 1971 and 1992 when he acquired a reputation as one of the game's greatest all-rounders.
His crowning moment came when he captained Pakistan to World Cup glory in 1992, before finally laying down his bat.
Then he devoted himself to charity work and opened Pakistan's first cancer hospital in Lahore in 1994, which he called the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust Cancer Hospital after his mother.
Khan, who enjoyed a reputation as something of a playboy, turned round his personal life when he married British heiress Jemima Goldsmith, daughter of late Anglo-Jewish financier James Goldsmith, in 1995.
In the meantime, he had become not only increasingly devout but also more politically aware, and in 1996, he founded his own party, Tehreek-e-Insaf, or Movement for Justice.
But it was not until October 2002 that he finally won a parliamentary seat representing his home town of Mianwali in Punjab province.
The marriage produced two sons, Suleman and Qasim, but the couple divorced in June 2004 after nine years, prompting a tabloid frenzy.
Navigating Pakistani politics involves compromises and ancient allegiance and has proved much tougher than the more straightforward job of skippering a cricket team.
His opponents -- and some supporters -- have criticised him for lacking a vision about whether he wants Pakistan to be secular or Islamic, conservative or liberal, pro- or anti-West.
He says his ideals are focused on the rule of law, democracy and education in a country that is conspicuously short of all three.
So when Musharraf declared emergency rule, Khan was swift and fiery in his response, accusing the military ruler of high treason "punishable by death."
"Musharraf has been portraying himself as a benevolent dictator but now as he is pushed into a corner he is showing his true colours," he said.