Pakistan stylish top order batsman Mohammad Hafeez will be celebrating his 35th birthday while playing on perhaps one of the flattest pitch of the last 5 years in Abu Dhabi. He would be looking to go out there and express himself on the last day of the match with some runs under his belt.
Better known as the professor, Hafeez has been a vital part of the Pakistan unit in the last few years as he has been one of their top run scorers and also bowled tight spell through his off spinners in the middle overs before his action was declared suspect by the ICC and eventually rendered illegal. Lets go back in history and relive some of his finest moments in cricket.
Hafeez burst onto the scene first after the 2003 world cup where Pakistan produced an extremely below par performance. He made his debut against Zimbabwe with fast bowler Umar Gul making his debut as well. He failed to impress with the bat on the opening slot and was dismissed for 12 runs but he bowled an excellent spell with ball and took 2 wickets for 41 runs in 10 overs.
Hafeez scored a brilliant innings of 196 runs in the first innings of the test match against Sri Lanka at SSC in Colombo which helped Pakistan in setting up a big first innings total of 551 runs. Although that match ended in a draw but Hafeez’s innings was a memorable one for Pakistan fans.
The professor scored his first and only double century until today against Bangladesh when he amassed 224 runs against the Bangladesh side in Khulna. He hit 23 fours and 3 sixes at a strike rate if almost 68 which by test match standards is quite appreciable.
In 2012-13 he was declared by the ICC as the top ranked all rounder in the world when he left behind many top notch all rounders in the race towards the top.
Hafeez proved his worth in the shortest format as well and bowled economical spells with consistency and hence became a potent part of our bowling lineup along with Saeed Ajmal. One of his best bowling spells was against South Africa at Centurion where he took 3-25 runs and bowled exceedingly well in tandem with Umar Gul as the duo led Pakistan to an easy victory against the mighty Proteas.
His overall track record in T20 internationals is worth mentioning as his economy rate is under 7 and with the bat he averages 24 with a strike rate of 115. His inability to bowl has hampered his track record but it is still worth talking about as he helped Pakistan won many matches with both bat and ball.
Hafeez has been a vital part of Pakistan’s outfit in all formats although his effectiveness after he was stopped from bowling is debatable but one thing is for sure that whenever we will analyze Pakistan’s top all rounders Hafeez will most definitely feature in that list.
As I conclude lets go through Hafeez’s response when asked why is he called the “Professor” (via ESPNcricinfo)
The reason is very simple:I don’t really speak nonsense