Saleem Jaffar

Country: Pakistan
Born: November 19, 1962, Karachi, Sind
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Left arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

Saleem Jaffar Bio

Saleem Jaffar, born on September 5, 1963, in Pakistan, was a talented fast bowler who made a significant impact in the world of cricket during his career. Standing tall and possessing immense skill, Jaffar was capable of causing havoc among opposing batsmen with his deadly bowling style.

Jaffar’s incredible journey began in the 1983-84 season when he made his first-class debut. It was an unforgettable start to his career as he immediately grabbed attention by taking an impressive 5 for 11 in his first match. This outstanding performance served as a testament to his immense talent and potential. His second season, in 1985-86, was equally impressive as he finished with a remarkable 80 wickets at an average of 19, solidifying his position as a rising star in Pakistani cricket.

Not surprisingly, Jaffar’s incredible domestic performances earned him a well-deserved call-up to the national team. He made his Test and One Day International (ODI) debuts against the formidable West Indies in the same season he gained recognition for his domestic exploits. Jaffar’s inclusion in the national squad was a testament to his exceptional bowling skills and promising future as a Pakistani cricketer.

Unfortunately, injuries plagued Jaffar throughout his career and interrupted his progress. During the 1987 tour of England, he suffered a setback due to an injury, which hindered his performance on the field. Despite the setback, Jaffar persevered and returned to represent his country in the World Cup later that year. However, during the tournament, he faced a severe blow as he was mercilessly mauled by the Australian batsmen, which affected his confidence.

Nevertheless, Jaffar displayed his remarkable skills against England at Karachi during the 1987-88 season, taking five wickets and earning a spot on the subsequent tour of the Caribbean. The pinnacle of his career came during the 1988-89 series against New Zealand in Wellington. Jaffar’s exceptional efforts during this series, where he claimed match figures of 8 for 134, including his only Test five-wicket haul, showcased his true potential as a top-quality fast bowler.

Despite his impressive performances, Jaffar faced criticism for not being consistently penetrative enough. It is widely believed that this aspect of his game prevented him from reaching the heights many expected him to achieve. As his career progressed, his ability to take wickets decreased, leading to a gradual decline in his form and impact on the game. Eventually, Jaffar’s career gradually fizzled out, leaving a sense of unfulfilled potential.

Despite the challenges, Saleem Jaffar remains a respected figure in Pakistani cricket. His immense talent, early success, and unforgettable performances serve as a reminder of the potential he possessed. Jaffar’s presence in the national team during a transitional phase of Pakistani cricket history further highlights his significance in the sport.

Even though his career did not reach the heights some predicted, Jaffar’s contributions to Pakistani cricket cannot be overlooked. His bowling prowess and impressive performances continue to be remembered, making him a crucial figure in the country’s cricketing history. Saleem Jaffar will forever be respected as a talented fast bowler who left an indelible mark on the cricketing world.

Saleem Jaffar Career Stats

Saleem Jaffar Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 14 14 6 42 10* 5.25 - - 0 0 0 0 2 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 39 13 11 36 10* 18 73 49.31 0 0 0 0 3 0
FC 81 76 29 379 33* 8.06 - - 0 0 - - 20 0
List A 88 34 25 60 11* 6.66 - - 0 0 - - 8 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Saleem Jaffar Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 14 23 2531 1139 36 5/40 8/134 31.63 2.7 70.3 0 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 39 39 1900 1382 40 3/25 3/25 34.55 4.36 47.5 0 0 0
FC 81 - 12859 6697 263 7/29 - 25.46 3.12 48.8 - 12 2
List A 88 - 3988 2703 102 7/28 7/28 26.5 4.06 39 2 2 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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