Veteran all-rounder, Abdul Razzaq turns 39

Veteran all-rounder, Abdul Razzaq turns 39

One of the most talented all-rounders to ever grace the game of cricket, Pakistan’s Abdul Razzaq celebrated his 39th birthday on Sunday.

The right-arm medium fast bowler and right-handed flamboyant batsman, Razzaq made his international debut for Pakistan on November 1, 1996 in an ODI against Zimbabwe at Lahore.

Three years later, the talented all-rounder played his maiden Test for Pakistan at Brisbane against the mighty Australian team.

Razzaq was an integral part of Pakistan’s squad in World Cup 1999, who were the runner-ups of the tournament, getting beaten by Australia by eight wickets in the final after an immensely impressive tournament.

One prominent instance for the then young all-rounder was hitting five consecutive boundaries in an over of Australian bowling legend, Glenn McGrath.

The all-rounder remained a top performer for Pakistan throughout his career with both the bat and the ball. He won numerous games for Pakistan single-handedly, one of those games were against South Africa where he scored 109 runs off 72 deliveries to give his team the win. It included a 32-run partnership with the tenth wicket, where his partner, Shoaib Akhtar scored just 1 run.

Razzaq was also a part of Pakistan’s World T20 2009 winning squad and he bowled brilliantly in the tournament, though he joined the squad half-way into the event as a replacement to the injured Yasir Arafat.

Abdul Razzaq played 46 Tests, 265 ODIs and 32 T20Is for Pakistan, where he scored 1,946, 5,080 and 393 runs respectively. Moreover, he took 100, 269 and 20 wickets in all three formats of the game respectively.

Razzaq last represented Pakistan in a T20I match on November 15, 2013, against South Africa at Dubai.