Mohammad Hafeez

Country: Pakistan
Born: October 17, 1980, Sargodha, Punjab
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Allrounder

Mohammad Hafeez Bio

Mohammad Hafeez is a Pakistani cricket player known for his versatile skills as an opening batsman and offspin bowler. He made his debut for the Pakistani team in 2003 but had to wait until 2011 to establish himself as a regular player in all formats of the game.

Hafeez brings a range of options to the team with his aggressive batting style at the top of the order. He possesses an organized technique that allows him to switch to a defensive mode when required. In addition, his exceptional control over line and length makes him a valuable option for his captain to utilize at any stage of the innings. Hafeez’s prowess extends beyond his batting and bowling capabilities; he is also an outstanding fielder, particularly in the point region.

However, Hafeez faced challenges in the early years of his international career due to his inability to convert promising starts into substantial scores. Often falling victim to scores in the 30s and 40s, he struggled to fulfill his potential and deliver consistent performances.

His breakthrough came in 2011 when Hafeez displayed remarkable consistency with both bat and ball across all formats. This stellar year saw him scoring two centuries in tests, three in ODIs, and two fifties in Twenty20 internationals. Hafeez’s performances earned him ten Man-of-the-Match awards, making him only the third cricketer (after Sanath Jayasuriya and Jacques Kallis) to score over 1000 runs and take 30 or more wickets in ODIs in a single calendar year. Forming a stable opening partnership with Taufeeq Umar, Hafeez’s aggressive approach complemented Taufeeq’s defensive style and solidified Pakistan’s top-order in Test matches.

While Hafeez has continued to impress with his abilities, he remains an enigmatic figure in the cricketing world. The ease with which he switches from an attacking to a defensive mode has puzzled both fans and critics. Although statistically one of Pakistan’s most prolific cricketers, Hafeez has at times struggled to fully capitalize on his immense talent.

Hafeez’s elegant batting style, accentuated by his exquisite cover-drives, has produced numerous memorable moments. He holds the tenth position on Pakistan’s all-time ODI runs list. Notable innings include a century against India in Dhaka and three hundreds in four games against Sri Lanka in 2013. However, his most famous innings is arguably his swashbuckling unbeaten 57 in the Champions Trophy final against India, leading Pakistan to a commanding victory.

Hafeez’s bowling is equally valuable to the Pakistan team. His consistency as a bowler offers an additional option for his team, leading to his selection even when his batting form may be lacking. At times, he has opened the bowling for Pakistan, particularly in T20 cricket. Moreover, he briefly assumed the role of the team’s lead spinner after Saeed Ajmal’s suspension for an illegal action.

However, Hafeez has also faced his share of challenges. He has been suspended three times for an illegal bowling action. These periods of uncertainty have threatened his place in the side, as his technical flaws as a batsman appear to persist. Despite being overlooked for a recent series in Zimbabwe, Hafeez’s extensive experience in 50 Tests, 200 ODIs, and close to 100 T20Is suggests that counting him out prematurely would be a risky move.

Mohammad Hafeez’s career has been marked by versatility, inconsistency, and the ability to overcome challenges. His dynamic skills and contributions to the Pakistani team make him a significant figure in international cricket.

Mohammad Hafeez Career Stats

Mohammad Hafeez Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 55 105 8 3652 224 37.64 6520 56.01 10 12 455 28 45 0
T20Is 119 108 13 2514 99* 26.46 2060 122.03 0 14 251 76 30 0
ODIs 218 216 15 6614 140* 32.9 8633 76.61 11 38 664 110 85 0
FC 210 365 15 12169 224 34.76 - - 26 56 - - 183 0
List A 348 345 20 11605 140* 35.7 - - 17 77 - - 146 0
T20s 374 348 40 7946 102* 25.79 6426 123.65 2 43 804 252 111 0

Mohammad Hafeez Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 55 77 4067 1808 53 4/16 4/48 34.11 2.66 76.7 2 0 0
T20Is 119 79 1261 1388 61 4/10 4/10 22.75 6.6 20.6 1 0 0
ODIs 218 177 7733 5400 139 4/41 4/41 38.84 4.18 55.6 1 0 0
FC 210 - 14992 6764 253 8/57 - 26.73 2.7 59.2 - 7 2
List A 348 - 13659 9565 264 4/23 4/23 36.23 4.2 51.7 4 0 0
T20s 374 260 4517 4850 202 4/10 4/10 24 6.44 22.3 4 0 0

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