Samiullah Shinwari started playing first-class cricket in Pakistan and was picked for Afghanistan as a result of his great performance with bat and ball. Being considered one of the veterans in white-ball cricket, Shinwari will be determined to contribute well to the team’s cause in ODI and T20 cricket.
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With his power-hitting ability, he can certainly take on bowlers and produce big runs for the side at the back end of the innings. With his part-time spin bowling, Samiullah Shinwari provides extra bowling options for Afghanistan in the ODI and T20 format.
Samiullah Shinwari made his limited-overs debut against Scotland in a game played at Benoni on 19 April 2009.
Given his ability with the bat, Shinwari has not fulfilled his potential in one-day cricket. In 84 matches played for Afghanistan, Shinwari has made a total of 1811 runs at an average of 29.20 with 11 half-centuries to his name.
Shinwari’s career-best individual score in limited-overs cricket came against Scotland in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup game played at Dunedin in 2015. He finished the innings with the top score of 96 runs off 147 balls with the help of seven fours and five sixes.
Shinwari’s best bowling figures in limited-overs were scored against Canada in a one-day match played at Sharjah in 2010. He claimed four wickets and conceded 31 runs from his ten overs.
In his overall career in the 50-over format, Samiullah Shinwari has produced the best numbers with the bat against Scotland. He has scored 290 runs in nine matches at an average of 58.00 with three half-centuries.
With the ball in his hand, Samiullah Shinwari has the most number of wickets against Canada (10) whereas he has the least number of wickets against Bangladesh and Australia (1).
In the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Shinwari made limited appearances for Afghanistan. In three matches, he scored 74 runs at an average of 74.00.
The 32-year old has managed to show himself with both bat and ball in the T20 format. He made his debut in the T20 format for Afghanistan in a game played against Ireland at PSS Stadium in Colombo in 2010.
Since then, Shinwari has made 1013 runs in 64 T20Is at an average of 22.02 with three half-centuries.
With his part-time spin, Shinwari has claimed 28 wickets at an impressive average of 24.57 with an economy rate of 6.51.
Samiullah Shinwari’s best batting performance in a T20I match was achieved against Canada at ICC Cricket Academy Stadium in Dubai in 2015 where he smashed 61 runs off 34 balls with the help of six boundaries and three sixes.
Seasoned all-rounder’s best bowling figures in the T20 format came in the match against Kenya while playing at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in November 2013 where he finished with figures of 5 for 13 in his four overs.
In terms of his overall performance, his best numbers with the bat have been achieved while playing against Canada. He has scored 69 runs at an average of 61.00 with one half-century to his name.
On the other hand, his worst numbers have come against the West Indies with an average of just 2.66 in three innings.