Picture of Saeed Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
Pakistan, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited, Federal Areas, Faisalabad, Federal Areas Leopards, Faisalabad Wolves, Islamabad, Khan Research Laboratories, Punjab Pakistan, Titans, Water and Power Development Authority, Worcestershire, Adelaide Strikers, Dhaka Gladiators, Kandurata Warriors, Marylebone Cricket Club, Antigua Hawksbills
Roles played:
Bowler
ICC Rank:
Batting:
0
Bowling:
11
Batting:
0
Bowling:
5
Batting:
0
Bowling:
5
Home country:
Pakistan
Born:
October 14, 1977, Faisalabad, Punjab

Profile

Unlike most Pakistani players who enter the international fold with little or no prior experiences, Saeed Ajmal came with a heavy bag of domestic experience. An off-spinner by trait looking to out-think rather than out-do a batsman, he got his maiden opportunity in an ODI against India at Karachi in 2008. As an economical bowler, he successfully replaced the long-favoured Danish Kaneria in the limited-overs format.

Part of Pakistan’s spin attack in the first-ever World Twenty20, his ability to contain batsmen saw his team reach the finals. A year later, in 2009, they did one better to win the trophy, with Ajmal as the star performer with the ball, emerging as the tournament’s joint second-highest wicket-taker.

In 2009, aged nearly 32, he was deservingly rewarded a Test cap against Sri Lanka and he didn't disappoint, picking up five wickets in the game. The following year, on tour to England, in only his 11th Test innings with the ball, Ajmal took a five-wicket haul and scored a half-century, announcing his authority in the big league.

His unique doosra and an ability to vary pace and trajectory has earned him quite a reputation across all formats of the game. Saeed Ajmal is the leading wicket-taker in T20Is and had he not been picked to play for Pakistan so late, he could have threatened a few bowling records in ODIs and Tests. With the ability to wreak havoc on all kinds of surfaces, Ajmal has turned into one of the most lethal and feared spinners of his era.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 35 53 451 12 11.00 41.68 0 1 50
ODI 113 70 324 24 7.04 60.56 0 0 33
T20 64 23 91 12 8.27 105.81 0 0 21*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 35 67 11592 5003 178 7/55 / 28.10 2.58 9 10 4 1
ODI 113 112 6000 4182 184 5/24 / 22.72 4.18 6 2 0 105
T20 64 63 1430 1516 85 4/19 / 17.83 6.36 4 0 0 27
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 11 0 1
ODI 25 0 3
T20 12 0 4

Career

Span:
Test:
2009-2014
 
ODI:
2008-2015
 
T20:
2009-2015
Test
Debut:
Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium, Galle - Jul 04, 2009
Last played:
Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka at Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo - Aug 14, 2014
ODI
Debut:
Pakistan Vs India at National Stadium, Karachi - Jul 02, 2008
Last played:
Pakistan Vs Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Apr 19, 2015
T20
Debut:
Pakistan Vs Australia at Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium, Dubai - May 07, 2009
Last played:
Pakistan Vs Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Apr 24, 2015
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