Bilal Khan

Country: Oman
Born: April 10, 1988, Peshawar
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Left arm Medium fast
Playing role: Bowler

Bilal Khan Bio

Bilal Khan: The Unsung Hero of Oman’s Cricket Team

Bilal Khan, the left-arm swing bowler, has emerged as the backbone of Oman’s bowling attack and one of the most successful pace bowlers on the Associate scene in recent years. With a remarkable ODI bowling average that is only bettered by a few legendary names, Bilal has played a crucial role in Oman’s rise to prominence in international cricket.

Born and raised in Pakistan, Bilal started his cricketing journey in the domestic cricket scene of Peshawar. However, his first-class career was short-lived, and he later decided to take up a job offer in Muscat, Oman. Little did he know that this decision would shape his cricketing career and make him a national icon.

In 2015, after completing the ICC’s four-year qualification process, Bilal made his debut for Oman. Initially, he struggled to cement his place in the starting XI due to the ICC’s guidelines that allowed only two players who were four-year residents but not yet seven-year residents. However, his breakthrough performance at the Desert T20 tournament in 2017 turned the tables for him. He became a catalyst for Oman’s incredible rise from Division Five of the World Cricket League to achieving ODI status in 2019.

While Bilal’s pace may not be in the express category, his mastery of swing and deceptive inswingers makes him a nightmare for Associate batters who are not accustomed to facing such skillful bowling at those speeds with the new ball. However, where he truly shines is in his spells at the death, where his devastating reverse-swinging yorkers have proven to be lethal. In a crucial elimination match against Hong Kong at the 2019 T20 World Cup Qualifier, Bilal’s spell became the turning point that led Oman to a victory and secured their spot in the T20 World Cup.

Bilal’s extraordinary performances continued in the 2019-2023 ICC Cricket World Cup League Two ODI tournament for Associates. Playing in all 35 matches, he emerged as the leading wicket-taker for Oman, capturing an impressive 76 wickets, including three five-wicket hauls. What made his achievement even more remarkable was the challenging tournament format, with ODIs often played on consecutive days. Bilal’s dominance and durability throughout the tournament showcased his skills and determination.

Off the field, Bilal maintains a humble and grounded personality. He is known for his strong work ethic, discipline, and team spirit. His commitment to continuously improve and contribute to the success of the Oman cricket team has earned him immense respect from his teammates and fans alike.

As of 2022, Bilal Khan stands tall among the cricketing greats, with his ODI bowling average surpassed only by Joel Garner, Rashid Khan, and Sandeep Lamichhane. His contributions to Oman’s cricketing journey cannot be underestimated, and he has become an unsung hero for his country.

With his ability to swing the ball, deceive batsmen, and deliver crucial wickets, Bilal Khan has become a vital asset for Oman. As he continues to make his mark in international cricket, the future looks promising for this talented left-arm seamer.

Bilal Khan Career Stats

Bilal Khan Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 64 20 12 25 6* 3.12 44 56.81 0 0 1 0 12 0
ODIs 45 19 11 30 9 3.75 69 43.47 0 0 1 1 4 0
FC - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
List A 60 26 12 32 9 2.28 89 35.95 0 0 1 1 7 0
T20s 82 26 14 35 6* 2.91 52 67.3 0 0 3 0 15 0

Bilal Khan Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 64 63 1381 1489 92 4/19 4/19 16.18 6.46 15 3 0 0
ODIs 45 45 2346 1969 95 5/31 5/31 20.72 5.03 24.6 4 4 0
FC - - - - - - - - - - - - -
List A 60 60 3084 2452 123 5/31 5/31 19.93 4.77 25 5 6 0
T20s 82 81 1752 1960 114 4/19 4/19 17.19 6.71 15.3 3 0 0

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