Picture of Saqlain Mushtaq

Saqlain Mushtaq

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
Pakistan, Ireland, Lahore Badshahs, Islamabad, Lahore, Pakistan A, Pakistan Inv XI, Pakistan International Airlines, Surrey, Pakistan Under-19, Sussex, Warne's Warriors
Roles played:
Home country:
December 29, 1976, Lahore


Saqlain Mushtaq, will always be remembered in the history of cricket as the man who introduced the ‘doosra’ in the armour of an off-spinner. From his debut in 1995, Saqlain would go on to become the quickest to get to a 100 wickets in One Day Internationals.

A bowling action with a cheeky fast run-up, and with a pause in the action just before delivery, Saqlain deceived even the best batsmen in the world. Though he was criticized for bringing too many variations into his game, Saqlain brought immense success for Pakistan, especially in the sub-continent. His ten-wicket haul in the Test match against the Indians in Chennai in 1998-99 will be remembered by one and all, especially the dismissal of Tendulkar, with India at the doorstep of victory.

However, the man failed to continue his celebrated form and was overshadowed by all-round performance of Shoaib Malik and soon by exceptional bowling performances from legspinner Danish Kaneria. Though Saqlain failed to make a comeback into the Pakistan squad, the cricketer in him did not put a halt to his passion. He went on to play county cricket for Sussex and joined the Indian Cricket League.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 49 78 927 14 14.48 25.72 1 2 101*
ODI 169 98 711 38 11.85 49.58 0 0 37*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 49 86 14070 6206 208 8/164 / 29.83 2.64 12 13 3 151
ODI 169 165 8770 6275 288 5/20 / 21.78 4.29 11 6 0 192
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 15 0 1
ODI 40 0 11


Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka at Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar - Sep 08, 1995
Last played:
Pakistan Vs India at Multan Cricket Stadium, Multan - Mar 28, 2004
Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka at Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala - Sep 29, 1995
Last played:
Pakistan Vs South Africa at Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad - Oct 07, 2003