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Mohammad Sami

06 March, 2007

One of a new generation of Pakistan fast bowlers, Mohammad Sami initially forced his way into the Test team with outstanding performances in domestic cricket and had an immediate impact in his first Test with five wickets against New Zealand.
 

Full name: Mohammad Sami 

Born: February 24, 1981, Karachi, Sind

Current age: 26 years

Major teams: Pakistan, Karachi, Kent, National Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan Custom

Batting Style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast

 

 

Statsguru testplayer:Test player, ODI player  

Batting and fielding averages
MatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100504s6sCtSt
Tests 30 46 11 382 49 10.91 1231 31.03 0 0 43 2 7 0
ODIs 79 43 19 275 46 11.45 434 63.36 0 0 12 9 18 0
First-class 81 107 34 1034 49 14.16     0 0     30 0
List A 111 63 26 403 46 10.89     0 0     24 0
Twenty20 10 5 1 26 8 6.50 25 104.00 0 0     5 0

Bowling averages
MatBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4510
Tests 30 6252 3686 77 5/36 8/106 47.87 3.53 81.19 3 2 0
ODIs 79 3908 3237 111 5/10 5/10 29.16 4.96 35.20 3 1 0
First-class 81 14920 8692 283 8/64   30.71 3.49 52.72   14 2
List A 111 5521 4576 159 6/20 6/20 28.77 4.97 34.72 4 2 0
Twenty20 10 233 283 7 2/14 2/14 40.42 7.28 33.28 0 0 0

Career statistics:

 
Test debut  New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland - Mar 8-12, 2001 
Last Test  South Africa v Pakistan at Cape Town - Jan 26-28, 2007 
ODI debut  Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Sharjah - Apr 8, 2001 
Last ODI  South Africa v Pakistan at Centurion - Feb 4, 2007 
First-class span  1999/00 - 2006/07
List A span  1999/00 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span  2003 - 2006/07

Profile:

Then, in only his third Test, he notched a hat-trick, eking out the last three Sri Lankans in the Asian Test Championship final and he also has an ODI hat-trick. But since those early years, and especially after the World Cup 2003, when he was expected to become the Pakistan spearhead after the retirements of Wasim and Waqar, his story has been a fitful and thus far disappointing one.

Series after series has seen him disappoint as a stream of promising paceman have overtaken him, including the likes of Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Umar Gul and Mohammad Asif. Occasionally when the mood takes him, he can be threatening, as he was for some of the India series in 2005, especially at Kolkatta and the occasional ODI. For the most part he has been surprisingly ineffective and prone to leaking runs. So poor was his form after the India series in early 2006, he was finally dropped from the tour to Sri Lanka was lucky to be selected for the tour to England that summer, after a number of Pakistan's frontline bowlers were injured.

Nobody seems to be entirely sure where the problem lies either - he has been given the new-ball with license to attack, he has come on as first-change. He is fit - one of the fittest in the team - and athletic. From a shortish run-up and high action he generates surprising pace, settled in the mid-to-late eighties but with occasional forays into the nineties. He also quickly mastered traditional outswing and reverse-swing and bowls a mean yorker. Some say it is a confidence thing but a bowling average of nearly 50 after 26 Tests (and a strike rate of over 80) means that opportunities might be limited when other pacemen are fit again. It would have been an unthinkable thought when he took eight wickets on his Test debut.

 


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