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PLAYER BIO

Saqlain Mushtaq

  • Matches

    744
  • Runs

    6406
  • Wickets

    1821
Role Bowler
Batting Style Right-hand bat
Bowling Style Right-arm offbreak
Nationality Pakistani
Nickname Saqlain Mushtaq
DOB 29 December 1976

A trend-setter. Saqlain Mushtaq was perhaps the first offspinner to master the doosra, a delivery that spins away from the batsman even though it is delivered with an offspinner's action. Saqlain has a fast, short-stepping action with a halting delivery, and has a propensity to bowl no-balls, unusually for a bowler with such a short run. He is criticised for attempting too much variation and he often throws in the doosra the first time a batsman faces. Saqlain's international career got off to a splendid start - he was the fastest bowler to 100 one-day wickets, and his phenomenal control meant that he regularly bowled at the death. But his finest moment arguably came in a Test match, at Chennai in 1998-99, when his ten-for allowed Pakistan to sneak nerve-tingling 12-run win against India. However, his stock has fallen a long way since then, with Shoaib Malik, a better batsman than Saqlain, usurping the spinner's spot in the ODI line-up and Danish Kaneria becoming the frontline Test spinner. Saqlain did get an opportunity to have a go at the Indians again in the 2003-04 series, but unflattering figures of 1 for 204 at Multan meant that he was quickly consigned to the scrap heap. He was unable to force his way back ahead of Danish Kaneria and he was blighted by injury after a prolific time with Surrey. However, his career was given a lifeline in 2007 when he joined Mushtaq Ahmed at Sussex and there was even talk of him qualifying for England. That could remain a distant dream, after signing a contract with the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League. Indeed, his ICL contract forced Surrey to severe ties with him after the 2008 season, ending his 11-year relationship with The Oval.


BATTING AVERAGES

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
Test 49 78 14 927 101** 14.48 3603 25.72 1 2 82 7
ODI 169 98 38 711 37** 11.85 1434 49.58 0 0 45 4
T20 9 4 0 24 14* 6.00 24 100.00 0 0 2 0
F-C 194 263 59 3405 101** 16.69 0 1 14 0 0
List A 323 182 67 1339 38** 11.64 0 0 0 0 0

BOWLING AVERAGES

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Test 49 86 14070 6206 208 8/164 10/155 29.83 2.64 67.6 12 13 3
ODI 169 165 8770 6275 288 5/20 5/20 21.78 4.29 30.4 11 6 0
T20 9 9 210 265 14 3/24 3/24 18.92 7.57 15.0 0 0 0
F-C 194 0 44634 19630 833 8/65 - 23.56 2.63 53.5 0 60 15
List A 323 0 16062 11261 478 5/20 5/20 23.55 4.20 33.6 16 7 0

CAREER STATISTICS

Test debut Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Peshawar, Sep 8-11, 1995
Last Test Pakistan v India at Multan, Mar 28-Apr 1, 2004
ODI debut Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Gujranwala, Sep 29, 1995
Last ODI Pakistan v South Africa at Faisalabad, Oct 7, 2003
T20I debut -
Last T20I -
First-Class debut 1994/95
Last First-Class Surrey v Hampshire at The Oval, Sep 9-12, 2008
List A debut 1994/95
Last List A Surrey v Essex at The Oval, May 11, 2008