Mohammad Irfan

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Mohammad Irfan
Personal information
Full name Mohammad Irfan Soharwardi
Born (1982-06-06) 6 June 1982 (age 34)
Gaggu Mandi, Punjab, Pakistan
Height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Left-arm fast
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 212) 14 February 2013 v South Africa
Last Test 23–26 October 2014 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 178) 10 September 2010 v England
Last ODI 21 December 2015 v England
ODI shirt no. 76
T20I debut 25 December 2012 v India
Last T20I 27 February 2016 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009–present Khan Research Laboratories
2005-2014 Multan Tigers
2016-present Islamabad United
2015 Lahore Lions
2015-present Dhaka Dynamites
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 4 57 40 55
Runs scored 28 48 215 70
Batting average 5.60 4.36 6.71 7.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 14 12 31 10*
Balls bowled 712 2,617 6,606 2,754
Wickets 10 78 141 83
Bowling average 38.90 31.02 27.13 25.57
5 wickets in innings 0 0 8 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 3/44 4/30 7/113 5/67
Catches/stumpings 0/0 8/– 9/– 8/–
Source: Cricinfo, 8 May 2014

Mohammad Irfan (Urdu: محمد عرفان‎) (born 6 June 1982) is a Pakistani left arm fast bowler. He is notable for his height and pace. His height of 7'1" (216 cm)[1] makes him the tallest player to play first-class and international cricket,[2][3] a title that was previously shared by[4] former West Indian fast bowler Joel Garner and Australian pace bowler Bruce Reid, both of whom are 6'8" (203 cm) tall.

First-class contract[edit]

After impressing coaches at the NCA Irfan got several offers from First Class teams including Habib Bank and ZTBL. However it was KRL opener, Azhar Ali, who convinced KRL coach Rashid Iqbal to give Irfan a trial with Khan Research Laboratories (KRL). Azhar had seen Irfan take 4 wickets against Pakistan A and had immediately called KRL telling them that Irfan would be a good fit for their team. Irfan went for the trial and got selected, the first part of his dream was complete.

He made his first class debut in the QEA Trophy in October 2009 playing for Khan Research Laboratories. He bowled economically but was unable to take any wickets in a high scoring game.[5] In his second first class game, Irfan took 7–113 in the second innings and 9 wickets overall in the match. His first wicket in professional cricket was of young Pakistani international batsmen Ahmed Shehzad. He also took the wicket of Imran Farhat and injured Hasan Raza with a bouncer before taking his wicket.[6]

Irfan continued to impress early on in his first class career. In his third match he grabbed 11 wickets to help his side to the first win of the championship. He recorded 5/27 in the first innings and 6/96 in the second innings.[7]

Before he was offered a lucrative break in cricket, Irfan contemplated giving up the game and was working for a plastic pipe company. He confirmed his height as 7'1" which makes him the tallest first-class cricketer of all time above county players Anthony Allom, Paul Dunkels and Will Jefferson, each individually measured at 6'10".[1]

IPL – Kolkata Knight Riders (2011–)[edit]

Irfan announced that he had signed a memorandum of understanding with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to represent them in the 2011 IPL Season. This deal is only valid as long as the PCB and the BCCI give their approval. The main reason for Irfan being given a trial with KKR was because former Pakistani pace-bowler Wasim Akram recommended Irfan to the KKR management. Irfan's contract will earn him $75,000 plus another $2,000 dollars for every game he plays in. However the contract needs to be approved by the Board of Control for Cricket in India[8][9][10][11] Irfan's contract also requires approval from the Pakistan Cricket Board[12]

International debut (2010)[edit]

At 28 years of age Mohammad Irfan made his debut for the Pakistan national cricket team.[13] Irfan was brought in to replace Pakistan's two prominent and core bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, who were accused of spot fixing. This was a perfect opportunity for Irfan to shine for Pakistan as they looked to move forward without their two great bowlers. However, Irfan's ODI debut against England in 2010 saw a reduction by 9 overs in the match due to bad weather conditions. He finished the match with bowling figures of 0–37 off 5.3 overs, before going off the pitch with cramps. During this early stretch in his career, many were displeased by Irfan's performance. This was mainly due to his speed in the debut series against England; it underwhelmed many as it only showed 130-135kph on the velocity radar. To make matters worse, England had won the match by 24 runs. Irfan was dropped after the series and was not brought back until the India series on 25 December 2012.[14]

Irfan made his Twenty20 International debut against India in the first Twenty20 International match on 25 December 2012 when the Pakistani team was touring India. Irfan was seen as a prominent figure in the series win against India as he emerged as the wild card that propelled Pakistan to victory. In this series he displayed marked improvement as his bowling speeds reached 145kph, rising from the 135 kph he had over two years ago. At 7`1 and bowling at brisk pace, Irfan brings a new dimension to the Pakistan bowling attack.[15]

South Africa (2013): The Emergence[edit]

Irfan's improvement did not go unnoticed, as the Pakistan selectors touted him "the surprise package" in South Africa in March 2013. Irfan did not disappoint as he consistently troubled the South African batsmen with his pace and height. Irfan finished the first innings with 3 wickets and 1 maiden in 21 overs, conceding 86 runs with an economy rate of 4.09. In the second innings Irfan was unable to take a wicket, returning figures of 0-35 off 10 overs.[16]

International Awards[edit]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S Nos Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 South Africa SuperSport Park, Centurion 15 March 2013 7-0-33-4 ; 1 ct. ; DNB  Pakistan won by 6 wickets (D/L).[17]


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