Mushtaq Ahmed

Country: Pakistan
Born: June 28, 1970, Sahiwal, Punjab
Height: 5ft 4in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak Googly
Playing role: Bowler

Mushtaq Ahmed Bio

Mushtaq Ahmed, a renowned cricketer hailing from Pakistan, has left an indelible mark on the cricketing world with his exceptional talent and match-winning performances. With his bubbly and chubby demeanor, Mushtaq was a legspinner who drew inspiration from his idol, Abdul Qadir, and eventually became his successor in the Pakistan team. Known for his vast repertoire of legspin variations, Mushtaq was often compared to his contemporary, Shane Warne, and proved himself to be a force to be reckoned with.

Some of Mushtaq’s most memorable performances took place on foreign soil, particularly in England and Australia. One of his crowning achievements came during the 1992 World Cup, where his skills played a vital role in Pakistan’s road to victory. In the final, Mushtaq mesmerized the English batsmen and caught Graeme Hick with a deceptive googly, solidifying his place as a pivotal member of Imran Khan’s victorious Tigers.

Mushtaq experienced a purple patch in Tests between 1995 and 1996. During this period, he showcased his exceptional skills by taking nine wickets each in consecutive matches in Hobart and Sydney. Following this impressive display, he went on to claim ten wickets in Christchurch, 17 wickets in three Tests against England, and 18 wickets in two home Tests against New Zealand. His consistent performances cemented his reputation as a top-class spinner.

In 1997, Mushtaq further demonstrated his brilliance by dominating in a series against South Africa, capturing 14 wickets across four innings. In addition, he played a significant role in Pakistan’s victory against a formidable West Indies lineup, which included legendary players like Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Mushtaq proved his worth with twin five-wicket hauls in Peshawar, contributing to a convincing win for Pakistan.

Despite enduring persistent knee troubles, Mushtaq continued to excel in the sport. In 2003, he became the first bowler in five years to achieve the remarkable feat of taking 100 wickets in a single English season. His exceptional performance played a pivotal role in guiding Sussex to their first-ever Championship title. This accomplishment was repeated in 2006 and the following season, further cementing his status as a reliable and skillful bowler.

Towards the end of the 2008 season, Mushtaq was forced to retire from first-class cricket due to the persisting knee issues. However, his retirement did not mark the end of his cricketing journey. Recognizing his valuable expertise, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) swiftly appointed Mushtaq as England’s spin-bowling coach. He subsequently had coaching stints with Pakistan, West Indies, and Surrey, where he continued to nurture young talents and impart his vast knowledge of the game.

Mushtaq Ahmed’s name will forever be etched in the annals of cricket history. His infectious personality, unique talent, and countless contributions to the sport have solidified his legacy as one of Pakistan’s most celebrated cricketers. Whether remembered for his goolgies, his immense contribution to Pakistan’s World Cup triumph, or his coaching prowess, Mushtaq will forever be revered as a legendary figure in the cricketing world.

Mushtaq Ahmed Career Stats

Mushtaq Ahmed Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 52 72 16 656 59 11.71 1828 35.88 0 2 70 8 23 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 144 76 34 399 34* 9.5 698 57.16 0 0 21 1 30 0
FC 309 389 57 5124 90* 15.43 - - 0 20 - - 119 0
List A 381 219 75 1624 41 11.27 - - 0 0 - - 59 0
T20s 29 10 2 55 20* 6.87 49 112.24 0 0 8 0 3 0

Mushtaq Ahmed Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 52 89 12532 6100 185 7/56 10/106 32.97 2.92 67.7 6 10 3
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 144 142 7543 5361 161 5/36 5/36 33.29 4.26 46.8 3 1 0
FC 309 - 70759 36127 1407 9/48 - 25.67 3.06 50.2 - 104 32
List A 381 - 18973 13182 461 7/24 7/24 28.59 4.16 41.1 14 4 0
T20s 29 28 591 580 42 5/11 5/11 13.8 5.88 14 1 1 0

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