Azhar Ali

Pakistan
Age
February 19, 1985 (36 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Lahore, Punjab
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
Pakistan
Bowling Style
Leg break

Azhar Ali, a Pakistani cricketer and Test captain of Pakistan’s cricket team, was born on 19 February 1985 in Punjab province of Pakistan. He is a right-handed opening batsman and also bowls right-arm leg break. Although he started his career as an opening batsman in domestic seasons of Pakistan cricket, he has become the main pillar of Pakistan’s International team, playing at number 3, and has not yet let his team down.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
18
-
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

Pakistan, Abbottabad Rhinos, Balochistan, Khan Research Laboratories, Lahore, Lahore Blues, Lahore Eagles, Lahore Whites, Lahore Lions, Pakistan A, PCB Greens, Punjab Stallions, Punjab Pakistan, Rawalpindi, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, Pakistan Under-19, Somerset, Somerset, Baluchistan Warriors, Lahore Qalandars, Pakistanis, Central Punjab

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
53
53
3
1845
102
36.9
2478
74.46
3
12
168
14
T20I
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0
Test
86
160
10
6507
302*
43.38
15503
41.97
18
35
627
17
IPL
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
53
14
258
260
4
2/26
6.05
65
64.5
0
0
0
T20I
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
86
36
855
611
8
2/35
4.29
76.38
106.88
0
0
0
IPL
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Test Career

Azhar Ali started his cricketing career while playing in Pakistan’s domestic cricket back in 2006. After performing consistently and showing his battings skills he got his international call-up in Pakistan’s Test team in 2010. He made his Test debut before playing ODIs. He struggled against Australian pace in the first few innings but later on, in the 2nd Test match, he scored his maiden half-century in the second innings at Lord’s and helped Pakistan to record their first Test victory against the Australians in fifteen years. He got his chance to play against England in the next series and here he showed his class by scoring 92 runs in the 3rd Test against England at the Oval. Pakistan won that Test match too.

In 81 Test matches, he has scored 6129 runs at an average of 42.86. He has scored 17 centuries and 31 fifties in his Test career. He became the first-ever centurion with a white ball, double centurion with a red ball and triple centurion with a pink ball in a day-night Test match as he scored 302 against the West Indies in October 2016. He played most of the Test matches in his career away. He has shown his class while performing abroad by scoring 5941 runs in 148 innings. 2016 was the best year in his Test career as he scored 1198 runs from 11 matches at an average of 63.05, among the best ones in this format. Azhar Ali became the first player to score a triple hundred in a day-night Test match. Currently, he is the Test captain of the team and out of 9 Test matches he has captained the team, Pakistan won 3 matches and lost 6 of them. He scored 519 runs from 9 matches at an average of 37.07 while captaining the team.

ODI Career

Azhar Ali got his ODI cap against Ireland in 2011. He became the main part of the team in both formats after performing well in ODIs as well. After his consistent performance in ODIs, he also got the chance to captain the team and he did it in 31 matches. Later on, his captaincy didn’t prove fruitful in abroad conditions and he had to leave his position. He worked on his form to make a comeback in the Champions Trophy in 2017. He delivered some fine knocks with the bat in that tournament. His batting performances against England in the semifinal and his superb partnership of 128 runs with Fakhar Zaman in the Champions Trophy final against India helped the team to lift the trophy in 2017 by defeating India.

In his ODI career, he scored 1845 runs from 53 matches at an average of 36.90. He also scored 3 centuries and 12 fifties. Out of 53 marches, he played just 3 matches home, scoring 227 runs at an average of 75.67. He captained the team in 31 matches, out of which the team won 12 matches under his leadership and lost the remaining 18. As a captain, he scored 1153 runs at an average of 37.19. He is the only Pakistan player to bang 3 ODI tons as a captain. Azhar Ali announced retirement from ODI cricket in 2018 to focus only on leading Pakistan in Test cricket.

Family

Ashar Ali married his close friend Naila Azhar and the couple had 3 sons. He is also known by his nickname Ajju.

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