Mohammad Hafeez

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Mohammad Hafeez
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Personal information
Full name Mohammad Hafeez
Born (1980-10-17) 17 October 1980 (age 34)
Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan
Nickname Cheena, Chanda, Professor,[1]
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Batting style Right hand bat
Bowling style Right arm off break
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 173) 20 August 2003 v Bangladesh
Last Test 8 January 2014 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 144) 3 April 2003 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 8 March 2014 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 8
T20I debut (cap 5) 28 August 2006 v England
Last T20I 23 March 2014 v Sri Lanka
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs T20I LA
Matches 36 141 54 235
Runs scored 2,174 4,096 1,270 7,702
Batting average 33.96 31.06 25.76 34.82
100s/50s 5/9 9/18 0/7 14/44
Top score 196 140* 86 140*
Balls bowled 2,831 5,928 914 10,534
Wickets 35 113 44 207
Bowling average 34.00 35.50 22.90 34.42
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 n/a
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/16 3/17 4/10 4/23
Catches/stumpings 26/- 47/– 17/- 92/–
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 05 January 2014

Mohammad Hafeez (Urdu: محمد حفیظ‎; born 17 October 1980 in Sargodha, Punjab) is a Pakistani cricket player and the former captain of Pakistan national cricket team in the T20 format. He is a right-handed opening batsman and a right-arm offspin bowler. Hafeez usually opens the batting and forms part of the bowling attack. In 2012–2013, he has been ranked as the top all-rounder by the ICC Player Rankings in T20 format. He is known for his intelligent batting but also for aggressive shot plays when needed.[2] He was involved in record opening partnership of 224 runs with Nasir Jamshed. 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 was the fourth international player signed to the Caribbean Premier League and the first Pakistani player to be named to the new Twenty20 tournament. He is widely regarded as The Professor.[3] The major teams which he played are Pakistan, Faisalabad, Faisalabad Wolves, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sargodha, Sui Gas Corporation of Pakistan.

Early international career: 2003–2006[edit]

Mohammad Hafeez also known as lalachi player and he played in bhera and was one of several young all-rounders whom the Pakistani cricket team turned to in order to revitalize their side after their poor display in 2003 World Cup where Pakistan was out from first round. His form with both bat and ball was inconsistent and in late 2003 he was dropped from the Test squad and subsequently from the ODI side. Following strong domestic performances, as well as display of good form for the Pakistan A side, he remained on the fringes of a recall in 2004. Hafeez returned to the ODI side in 2005 and despite poor form with the bat, his bowling performances were impressive. In the 2006 series held in Australia, Hafeez smashed his first century for Pakistan. With Pakistan struggling to find a solid opening pair for the Test side, he was recalled for the tour of England. His return to Test cricket was made at The Oval where he scored a fluent 95. Subsequently, Hafeez retained his place in the Test squad for Pakistan's home series against the West Indies in November of that year. After getting out early despite good starts in the first two Tests, he went on to score his second Test century in the third Test in Karachi. However his form remained inconsistent and he was unable to command a regular place in either the Test or ODI side over the next 5 years.

International recall: 2010[edit]

In 2010 he was recalled for the third ICC World Twenty20 squad. His form was poor scoring only 39 runs and taking only 2 wickets in 6 matches. However he was subsequently selected for the T20Is and the ODIs on Pakistan's 2010 tour of England. He was the second highest Pakistani run scorer in the ODI series producing some solid opening partnerships with Kamran Akmal. Following this good form he was included in the squad that was selected to play South Africa in the UAE and he replaced disgraced skipper Salman Butt as an opening batsman in both Tests, achieving a batting average 32.50. He played in all 5 ODI matches ending up as the top run scorer and he also topped the bowling averages for the series. At the end of 2010 he was also selected for the party that would tour New Zealand and the West Indies and this resulted in him establishing himself as a regular in the Test, ODI and T20 teams. In 2011 he won an amazing 10 Man-of-the-Match awards in all forms of international cricket and became only the third player (after Sanath Jayasuriya and Jacques Kallis) to score 1000 runs and take 30 wickets in ODI matches within a calendar year.

Against India on 18 March 2012 in Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur at the 2012 Asia Cup, he scored 105 off 113 balls and was involved in a 224 run partnership with Nasir Jamshed, which is the best opening partnership for Pakistan against India in one day internationals. They eclipsed Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar's record of 144 runs which was made in 1996.[4] He made his 4th ODI century in March 2012 against Bangladesh at Dhaka. He also made his highest test score of 196 against Sri Lanka in the second Test at Colombo in June 2012. He is currently (2012) ranked number two in the ICC ODI rankings for both bowlers and all-rounders.

In December 2012, during the tour of Pakistani cricket team in India in 2012–13, he came across as a very different and aggressive batsman and scored so brilliantly and briskely and helped Pakistan to win the first T20I and 2nd ODI with his heroics of brilliant batting and nearly chasing a mountain high target of 191 in the second T20I. His scores were 61 and 55 in first and second T20I respectively and scored 76 runs in the 2nd ODI and sharing an opening stand of 141 with Nasir Jamshed and also bowled brilliantly as always economically to help Pakistan win their first ODI series in India since 7 years. He is now considered to be the main allrounder of Pakistan Cricket team. He had a great series against Sri Lanka in Dec 2013, where he scored 122 in the first match, 140* in the third and 113* in the fourth match. Thus he became, the second batsman after Zaheer Abbas to score 3 centuries in an ODI series.

Personal records and achievements[edit]

1. Has most number of wins in T20Is as Pakistan captain

2. First players to score 1,000 T20 runs and take 40 plus wickets

3. Leading run scorer for Pakistan in T20Is and eighth overall in T20Is

4. The first captain of Pakistan to score three fifties in a row in T20Is

5. The third most economical bowler in the history of Pakistan's ODIs (who have taken 100 plus wickets) after the legendary Imran Khan and Wasim Akram

6. Record holder of most fifties by a Pakistani batsman in T20Is

7. Along with Taufeeq Umar he opened the innings more consecutively in Test matches than any other pair in Pakistan cricket history

8. PCB "Player-of-the-Year" award in 2012

9. Nominated by the ICC for the "Spirit-of-Cricket" award for not claiming a false catch in a Test match vs England in UAE in 2012

10. 10 Man of the Match awards in 2011.

T20 captainship[edit]

He was appointed captain of the Pakistan T20 team in May 2012 and vice captain, under Misbah-ul-Haq, of the ODI and Test teams.

During the T20 World Championship in Sri Lanka in September 2012, Pakistan reached the semi-finals where they lost to the home side. After the tournament, there was some controversy with veteran all-rounder Abdul Razzaq who was critical of his non-selection for a number of matches. Hafeez also came into some conflict with the PCB over their view that he adopted a rather unilateral and non-consultative approach while making selection decisions. However, he was supported by the coach Dav Whatmore and both of them emphasised the poor fitness levels of many players. The PCB committee decided that they would subsequently closely monitor Hafeez's performance in this context during the coming tours to India and South Africa.[5] As a captain,he led Pakistan to victories over South Africa,west indies,thet20 champions and Zimbabwe .He equalled the records of most wins as a Pakistani captain in t20 and most number of away series wins as a Pakistani captain Under his leadership,Pakistan managed to move up to the second position in the rankings. He also became the first Pakistani captain to hit three fifties in a row and became Pakistans leading run scorer in t20s. after Pakistan's exit from the T20 World Championship Hafeez apologized on behalf of his team and stepped down as captain.Imran khan,Pakistans former captain criticised this decision and advised Hafeez to stay as captain.His resignation was a rare incident in Pakistan cricket

Test centuries[edit]

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
Mohammad Hafeez's Test centuries
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 102* 2  Bangladesh Peshawar, Pakistan Arbab Niaz Stadium 2003
[2] 104 7  West Indies Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2006
[3] 119 18  Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Queens Sports Club 2011
[4] 143 22  Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium 2011
[5] 196 27  Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2012

One Day International centuries[edit]

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
Mohammad Hafeez's One Day International centuries
Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 115 61  New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand AMI Stadium 2011
[2] 121 76  West Indies Barbados, West Indies Kensington Oval 2011
[3] 139* 81  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2011
[4] 105 98  India Mirpur Thana, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium 2012
[5] 122 117  Ireland Dublin, Ireland Clontarf Cricket Club Ground 2013
[6] 136* 123  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2013
[7] 122* 137  Sri Lanka Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Stadium 2013
[8] 140* 139  Sri Lanka Sharjah, UAE Sharjah Cricket Stadium 2013
[9] 113* 140  Sri Lanka Abu Dhabi, UAE Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium 2013

References[edit]

Preceded by
Misbah-ul-Haq
Pakistani national cricket captain (T20I)
2012–2014
Succeeded by
Shahid Afridi

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