Iftikhar Anjum

Country: Pakistan
Born: December 01, 1980, Khanewal, Punjab
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Bowler

Iftikhar Anjum Bio

Rao Iftikhar Anjum, a prominent Pakistani cricketer, has made a name for himself as a skilled pace bowler in the cricketing world. Born on December 1, 1978, in Sambrial, Punjab, Pakistan, Iftikhar’s journey to becoming a renowned cricketer is marked by hard work, determination, and consistent performances.

Iftikhar’s bowling style draws comparisons to the legendary Aaqib Javed, known for his outswingers. His ability to swing the ball, particularly the reverse-swing, has often been lauded by cricket enthusiasts. Blessed with exceptional control over his yorkers, Iftikhar has proven his worth on challenging Pakistani pitches, where lifeless conditions often test bowlers’ skills.

His exceptional performances in domestic cricket shortly after his debut in 2001 earned him recognition and praise. Over the years, Iftikhar rose in prominence, consistently taking wickets and playing a significant role in his team’s victories. In the 2003-2004 season, he led his team, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited, to triumph in the Patron’s Trophy final against WAPDA. Iftikhar’s remarkable display of skill saw him take seven wickets in the first innings and a total of ten wickets in the match.

The impressive performances in domestic cricket did not go unnoticed by the national selectors. In 2004, Iftikhar earned a spot in Pakistan’s one-day international squad for the series against arch-rivals India. Seven months later, he made his debut in the Paktel Cup, showcasing his potential as a valuable asset to the team. Although considered a back-up bowler initially, injuries to the frontline pacers allowed Iftikhar to further establish himself as an integral part of the national team.

Iftikhar’s hard-earned opportunity to represent Pakistan in Test cricket finally arrived in April 2006, during the series against Sri Lanka. Although he remained wicketless and proved to be an expensive option, his satisfaction came from being part of a victorious team and experiencing the immense pride that wearing the national colors brings.

However, a personal tragedy struck Iftikhar before he had a chance to solidify his place in the Test team. His father’s unfortunate demise demanded his immediate return home, resulting in him missing out on the Test series against England. Nevertheless, the numerous injuries suffered by Pakistan’s fast bowlers ensured Iftikhar’s continued involvement in the team’s plans. He remained a permanent fixture in Pakistan’s wider strategy, demonstrating his potential to contribute effectively.

Iftikhar’s talent and dedication secured his inclusion in the squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in 2007, followed by the home series against South Africa. These opportunities allowed him to showcase his skills on the international stage, further reinforcing his position as a proficient all-rounder.

As of October 2007, Iftikhar’s impressive career stats speak volumes about his talent and impact. With an impressive domestic record exceeding 200 wickets, he has consistently proven himself on the challenging Pakistani pitches. Although his test debut was not as remarkable as hoped, Iftikhar’s determination and perseverance ensure that he remains a formidable force in Pakistan’s bowling lineup.

Rao Iftikhar Anjum’s journey from a talented newcomer to an accomplished Pakistani cricketer echoes the nation’s rich tradition of producing formidable pace bowlers. His bowling prowess, reminiscent of Aaqib Javed, has garnered him praise and admiration. With his exceptional control over reverse-swing and yorkers, Iftikhar’s performances in domestic and international cricket solidify his place as an essential asset to the Pakistani team. As he continues to make his mark on the cricketing world, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the next chapter in Iftikhar’s career.

Iftikhar Anjum Career Stats

Iftikhar Anjum Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 1 1 1 9 9* - 39 23.07 0 0 2 0 0 0
T20Is 2 - - - - - - - - - - - 0 0
ODIs 62 34 19 234 32 15.6 378 61.9 0 0 15 3 10 0
FC 142 211 51 2556 78 15.97 - - 0 5 - - 73 0
List A 128 74 33 510 39 12.43 - - 0 0 - - 29 0
T20s 29 18 10 110 24 13.75 116 94.82 0 0 5 0 5 0

Iftikhar Anjum Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 1 2 84 62 0 - - - 4.42 - 0 0 0
T20Is 2 2 48 67 1 1/34 1/34 67 8.37 48 0 0 0
ODIs 62 60 2960 2430 77 5/30 5/30 31.55 4.92 38.4 2 1 0
FC 142 - 23813 12613 523 7/59 - 24.11 3.17 45.5 - 30 4
List A 128 - 6155 4881 159 5/30 5/30 30.69 4.75 38.7 3 1 0
T20s 29 29 608 748 32 4/16 4/16 23.37 7.38 19 1 0 0

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