The hard hitting all rounder Abdul Razzaq, who was born today, is one of Pakistan’s finest all rounder and was a potent part of the 50 over format for more than a decade. He played many crucial innings for Pakistan in the lower order and was also used as a pinch hitter in the top order from time to time.
Abdul Razzaq made his debut for Pakistan, in ODIs, against Zimbabwe in 1996 and he immediately showed glimpses of his potential by picking up the wicket of Andy Flower. The all rounder made his test debut against Australia at Brisbane in 1999 but was not able to impress the selectors.
When he first burst onto the screen, his bowling was admirable as he used to bowl with pace and knew the art of reverse swing. He bowled a famous spell against Sri Lanka at Sharjah when he took 5 wickets for just 31 runs and tied the match which was seemingly lost by Pakistan after setting a meagre target of 196 runs. But with time he became more of a batting all rounder and started winning matches for Pakistan with his explosive batting.
In June 2000 Razzaq became the youngest bowler to take a hat-trick in test matches when he achieved this feat against Sri Lanka at Galle.
Abdul Razzaq played a blinder against South Africa at Abu Dhabi in 2010 when he scored an unbeaten century and took Pakistan to an amazing win. This innings stands as one of the best innings in Pakistan’s ODI history and will remain right at the top for years to come. His fantastic innings included 7 fours and 10 sixes and the ton came off just 70 balls.
Abdul Razzaq 109 Vs South Africa
The career of this explosive all rounder took a downward turn in the last 5 years or so as he has struggled to make his way into the side due to below par performances and his lack of appearance in domestic matches.
Razzaq has more than 7000 runs in international cricket with a pretty decent strike rate and average for a lower order batsman. He also has 269 wickets in ODIs and 100 wickets in test matches to his name.
Although his career is in doldrums right now but his services for Pakistan cricket will be remembered for times to come.