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MUHAMMAD HAFEEZ

FULL NAME: Muhammad Hafeez

BORN: October 17, 1980, Sargodha, PUNJAB

CURRENT AGE: 39 years

NATIONALITY: PAKISTAN

ROLE: Batting All-Rounder,Right-Handed Batsman, Right Arm Off-Break Bowler

profile

An opening batsman and handy offspin bowler, Mohammad Hafeez first played for Pakistan in 2003, but it was only in 2011 that he finally became a regular in the side in all formats.

As a player, Hafeez gives the team plenty of options: he usually bats aggressively at the top of the order, but his organised technique also means he can switch to defensive mode if required. He doesn’t flight his offbreaks much, but his excellent control over line and length allows the captain to use him at almost any stage of an innings. He is also one of the better fielders in the Pakistan team, especially in the point region.

Despite these skills, Hafeez failed to create a regular place for himself in the Pakistan in his first seven years in international cricket, primarily due to his inability to convert his starts into substantial scores. He scored plenty of pretty 30s and 40s, laced with some exquisite cover-drives, but that only helped cement the opinion that Hafeez may forever remain a player whose potential exceeds performance.

To a large extent, that changed in 2011, as Hafeez put in consistent displays with both bat and ball in all forms of the game. It actually started in the series against South Africa in November 2010, and then continued through 2011, a year which fetched him two centuries in Tests and three in ODIs, apart from two fifties in Twenty20 internationals. He won an incredible ten Man-of-the-Match awards in international cricket that year, and became only the third cricketer – after Sanath Jayasuriya and Jacques Kallis – to score 1000-plus runs and take 30 or more wickets in ODIs in a calendar year. With Taufeeq Umar, he formed Pakistan’s most stable opening combination in Tests, as his aggression at the top of the order became a perfect counterfoil to Taufeeq’s defensive approach.

Since then, Hafeez has continued to frustrate and amaze, and the frequency with which he can switch from one mode to the other is a large part of his enigma. By many metrics, he’s one of Pakistan’s most prolific cricketers, but arguably also one of the more profligate ones in the way he’s handled his immense talent.

The elegance of the full face of his bat, particularly when driving through the off side, means any runs he scores are more memorable than they otherwise might be – and there have been plenty of them; he’s number 10 on the all time ODI runs list for Pakistan. There was a century against India in Dhaka that preceded a disappointing barren spell, and then a purple patch against Sri Lanka where he smashed three hundreds in four games in 2013. A swashbuckling unbeaten 57 against India in the Champions Trophy final may ultimately be his most famous innings, as it powered Pakistan to a total they wouldn’t let India get close to.

It is his usefulness with the ball, though, that has kept him lingering around the Pakistan setup for so long. His consistency gives his side another option, which explains the reluctance to drop him even when his stock skill – batting – is letting him down. He has opened the bowling for Pakistan on several occasions – particularly in T20 cricket – and briefly took on the mantle of lead spinner after Saeed Ajmal was banned for an illegal action.

That curse, however, has plagued Hafeez throughout his career too, and he has found himself suspended for an illegal bowling action no less than three times. Tellingly, it is in those periods that his place in the side has been in the greatest peril, as his technical flaws as a batsman appear destined to go largely unremedied. He was ignored for a recent series in Zimbabwe, but for a player with 50 Tests, 200 ODIs, a shade under 100 T20Is, and countless comebacks, one would have to be particularly brave to be writing his eulogy just yet.

background

Hafeez otherwise called The Professor, played in Bhera and was one of a few youthful all-rounders whom the Pakistani cricket squad swung to with a specific end goal to renew their side after their poor show in 2003 World Cup where Pakistan was out from first round. He was the fourth worldwide player marked to the Caribbean Premier League and the principal Pakistani player to be named to the new Twenty20 competition.

debut

Hafeez made his ODI debut on 3rd April 2003 against Zimbabwe and test debut on 20th august 2003 against Bangladesh. His frame with both bat and ball was conflicting and in late 2003 he was dropped from the Test squad and in this manner from the ODI side. Following solid local exhibitions, and in addition show of good frame for the Pakistan A side, he stayed on the edges of a review in 2004. Hafeez came back to the ODI side in 2005 and regardless of poor frame with the bat, his bowling was amazing. In the 2006 series held in Australia, Hafeez crushed his first century for Pakistan.

rise to glory

In 2011 he won an astounding 10 Man-of-the-Match awards in all types of international cricket and turned out to be just the third player to score 1000 runs and take 30 wickets in ODI coordinates inside a schedule year. Against India on 18 March 2012 in Bangladesh he scored 105 off 113 balls and was engaged with a 224-run partnership with Nasir Jamshed.

He made his fourth ODI century in March 2012 against Bangladesh at Dhaka. He additionally influenced his most astounding test to score of 196 against Sri Lanka in the second Test at Colombo in June 2012. Hafeez was at first chose in the Pakistan squad for the 2015 World Cup yet was precluded 6 days before the World Cup because of calf damage. He was supplanted by Nasir Jamshed.

low points

Hafeez had been accounted for a presume activity after the Abu Dhabi Test against New Zealand in November 2014, and in December his activity was observed to be unlawful after tests at an ICC accredited centre in Loughborough, England. He was found to have an elbow expansion up to 31 degrees, far over the allowed furthest reaches of 15 degrees. He experienced medicinal work at a biomechanics lab in Chennai, however fizzled an informal test on his activity on January 3.

club career

The teams for which he played are Kolkata Knight Riders, Sargodha, Sui Gas Corporation of Pakistan.

captaincy

He was made captain of the Pakistan T20 squad in May 2012. Amid the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September 2012, Pakistan achieved the semi-finals where they lost to the home side.

He equaled the records of most wins as a Pakistani captain in T20 and most number of away series wins as a Pakistani captain. Under his captainship, Pakistan figured out how to climb to the second position in the rankings. He additionally turned into the primary Pakistani captain to hit three fifties in succession and turned into Pakistan’s driving run scorer in T20s.