Mohammad Talha

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Mohammad Talha
Personal information
Full name Mohammad Talha
Born (1988-10-15) 15 October 1988 (age 28)
Faislabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut 1 March 2009 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 16 January 2014 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut 2 March 2014 v India
Last ODI 8 March 2014 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007/08– Faisalabad
2008/09– Punjab
2008/09– National Bank of Pakistan
Career statistics
Competition Test FC List A T20
Matches 1 70 54 32
Runs scored 792 207 20
Batting average 11.15 7.96 16.41
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 0/0
Top score 56 40*
Balls bowled 102 12,158 2726 682
Wickets 1 278 89 34
Bowling average 88.00 27.23 27.78 27.05
5 wickets in innings 19 2
10 wickets in match 4
Best bowling 1/88 11/104 6/38 3/20
Catches/stumpings 17/– 8/– 12/-
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 20 January 2014
Mohammad Talha
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  Pakistan

Mohammad Talha ( born 15 October 1988) is a Pakistani right-arm fast-medium bowler. He has gained an increasing reputation on the Pakistani domestic set-up for quick bowling eventually leading to a call up to the international squad for the February 2009 test series against Sri Lanka[1]

Domestic career[edit]

Relatively inexperienced at this stage but was first noticed in 2005 Afro-Asia Cup playing for the Pakistan U-19's, able to extract bounce and sharp burst of speed. However injuries limited his performance in the coming year. His performance in the 2008–09 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy gained him recognition, playing for National Bank of Pakistan alongside fellow young pace prospect Mohammad Aamer he gained his first 10 wicket haul against Pakistan Customs side, taking 10 for 119 in match. Half way through the season he had 34 wickets in just 6 games.[2]

In the past few years he has worked extensively with Aaqib Javaid at the National Cricket Academy based in Karachi, where he slightly re-modified his action to avoid persistent injuries. Aaqib said of Talha that he believed him to be close to national team selection and that he was the fastest bowler in Pakistan after Shoaib Akhtar.

In a recent interview Talha commented on his desire to known as a genuine fast bowler and to represent Pakistan at the highest level.[3]

I want to be a 145kp/h+ bowler. I dont want to get slower, I just want to get faster and faster

— Mohammad Talha

In the home test series against Sri Lanka in 2009, he was chosen in the 15-man squad for both the first and second test. For the first test he was overlooked for pacemen Sohail Khan and all-rounder Yasir Arafat.

Early career and personal life[edit]

Mohammad Talha grew-up in Faisalabad where he began playing tape ball cricket, encouraged by his elder brother.Muhammad Talha has a daughter named Rumaan. He lives in Hajia Bad. He got his early education from Government School Hajia Bab. In 2003 he went for the Under 16's trial in the Faisalabad region and got selected but admits to not having the stamina at the time for longer version of the game. He has stated that like many young Pakistani bowlers of the current era Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis were his cricketing idols whilst growing up and also added that Brett Lee too someone he try to learn from. He has modeled his bowling action on that Brett Lee's.

International career[edit]

Talha made his test debut against Sri lanka on 1 March 2014.Although, he failed to impress after bowling 17 overs, he gave away 88 runs and picked up the wicket of M.Muralitharan who was batting at number 9.The match was later cancelled due to attack on the Sri Lankan team. He got a recall in the Pakistan team in 2014 to play again against Sri lanka.This time , he bowled brilliantly and picked up 3 wickets in both the innings.He made his odi debut against India and bowled amazingly well picking up 2–22 in 7 overs.But proved out to be very expensive in the next two games giving away 1–68 in 7 overs against Bangladesh and 1–56 in 6.2 overs against Sri lanka in the final.He was a part of Pakistan's 2014 ICC World Twenty 20 tournament squad but had to sit in the bench during the whole tournament.


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