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Saeed Ajmal

  • Matches

    784
  • Runs

    3680
  • Wickets

    1645
Role Bowler
Batting Style Right-hand bat
Bowling Style Right-arm offbreak
Nationality Pakistani
Nickname Saeed Ajmal
DOB 14 October 1977

A modern-day offspinner who relies on the doosra as much as on other variations of flight and speed, Saeed Ajmal made a relatively late entry into international cricket, at the age of 30, but is doing his best to make up for lost time, quickly moving up to be regarded among the best spinners in the game today. Ajmal didn't play his first Test till almost 32, but showed immediately that he belonged, taking five wickets in his debut Test against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2009. His golden run, though, started in 2011, when he showed superb control over all his variations - the offspinner, the doosra and the subtle changes in speed and flight. Unlike many offspinners who change their line when bowling the doosra, Ajmal tends to bowl the offspinner and the doosra from around the same line - on or just outside off - which makes it much tougher for batsmen to pick his variations. In 2011 he was the leading wicket-taker in Tests, with 50 in eight matches. But the best series of his young career came early in 2012, when he destroyed the batting line-up of the best team in the world, England, taking 24 wickets in just three games at 14.70. In the process, he clearly won the battle of offspinners against the highly rated Graeme Swann. However, Ajmal first made his mark in international cricket in ODIs. He was called up for the 2008 Asia Cup, and soon after he had the Australians completely bewildered in the ODI series in the UAE; he gave away few runs and his doosra was almost unreadable. The ICC called him for his action, though it was cleared soon after. The pressure didn't get to him and immediately after, he played a crucial role in Pakistan's drive to the 2009 World Twenty20 title, regularly bottling up the middle overs with Shahid Afridi. He ended the joint second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament, with an exemplary economy rate as batsmen around the world struggled to get a read on his bag of tricks.


BATTING AVERAGES

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
Test 35 53 12 451 50* 11.00 1082 41.68 0 1 44 4
ODI 113 70 24 324 33* 7.04 535 60.56 0 0 25 0
T20 195 60 30 240 21** 8.00 224 107.14 0 0 19 5
F-C 148 206 53 2007 53** 13.11 0 0 4 0 0
List A 229 130 53 567 33* 7.36 0 0 0 0 0
T20I 64 23 12 91 21** 8.27 86 105.81 0 0 7 2

BOWLING AVERAGES

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Test 35 67 11592 5003 178 7/55 11/111 28.10 2.58 65.1 9 10 4
ODI 113 112 6000 4182 184 5/24 5/24 22.72 4.18 32.6 6 2 0
T20 195 193 4338 4706 271 4/14 4/14 17.36 6.50 16.0 8 0 0
F-C 148 0 34496 15534 578 7/19 - 26.87 2.70 59.6 0 39 7
List A 229 0 12082 8828 349 5/18 5/18 25.29 4.38 34.6 11 3 0
T20I 64 63 1430 1516 85 4/19 4/19 17.83 6.36 16.8 4 0 0

CAREER STATISTICS

Test debut Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Galle, Jul 4-7, 2009
Last Test Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (SSC), Aug 14-18, 2014
ODI debut Pakistan v India at Karachi, Jul 2, 2008
Last ODI Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka, Apr 19, 2015
T20I debut Australia v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), May 7, 2009
Last T20I Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka, Apr 24, 2015
First-Class debut 1996/97
Last First-Class Lahore Blues v Faisalabad at Abbottabad, Oct 27-29, 2017
List A debut 1995/96
Last List A Balochistan v Islamabad at Faisalabad, Apr 28, 2016