Sikandar Raza

Country: Zimbabwe
Born: April 24, 1986, Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Batting Allrounder

Sikandar Raza Bio

Sikandar Raza Butt, a talented cricketer from Zimbabwe, has a unique journey that sets him apart from other international players. Born in Sialkot, Pakistan, Sikandar initially had dreams of becoming a fighter pilot. He even passed the exam to join Air Force college and was one of the selected 60 individuals out of 60,000 applicants. However, his dreams were shattered when he failed an eye test in his third year.

Undeterred by this setback, Sikandar pursued his education at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. It was during this time that he rediscovered his passion for cricket and began playing the sport again as a semi-professional player. In 2007, he made his first-class debut in Zimbabwe, where his parents had settled since 2002. Although he only managed to score a half-century in nine innings, he completed his studies and returned to full-time cricket in the 2010-11 season.

Sikandar’s determination and hard work paid off, as he had a more successful season in 2010-11, scoring an impressive 625 runs at an average of 41. His performance caught the attention of the selectors, and he was given an opportunity to showcase his skills in a practice match against Bangladesh in 2011. His impressive performance in that match confirmed his potential as a cricketer, and the journey towards representing Zimbabwe began.

In May 2013, Sikandar made his international debut for Zimbabwe in an ODI against Bangladesh, becoming the 116th player to represent the country in this format. Just four months later, he made his Test debut against Pakistan in Harare, solidifying his position in the national team. By the time the 2015 World Cup arrived, Sikandar had established himself as an aggressive top-order batsman, known for his ability to carve the ball through the field.

One of Sikandar’s most memorable moments came in July 2017 when he played a crucial role in Zimbabwe’s victory over Sri Lanka in a deciding ODI. Chasing 204 on a turning track in Hambantota, he contributed with a crucial cameo innings, helping Zimbabwe secure their first-ever away series win. In addition, his off-spin bowling skills were also instrumental in restricting Sri Lanka, as he claimed his best figures in ODI cricket, finishing with 3 for 21 in 10 overs.

Sikandar Raza Butt’s journey from a young boy with dreams of becoming a fighter pilot to an accomplished cricketer representing Zimbabwe is truly remarkable. His resilience, talent, and determination have made him a valuable asset to the Zimbabwean cricket team. As a player known for his aggressive batting style and useful off-spin bowling, Sikandar continues to make significant contributions to the sport and is a true inspiration for aspiring cricketers around the world.

Sikandar Raza Career Stats

Sikandar Raza Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 17 33 0 1187 127 35.96 2152 55.15 1 8 118 17 5 0
T20Is 81 77 4 1854 87 25.39 1379 134.44 0 13 136 88 36 0
ODIs 142 134 20 4154 141 36.43 4806 86.43 7 21 342 103 57 0
FC 66 121 4 4363 226 37.29 7283 59.9 7 23 485 80 51 0
List A 245 231 30 7371 141 36.67 8471 87.01 13 36 613 196 110 0
T20s 210 195 24 4403 95 25.74 3273 134.52 0 28 337 199 88 0

Sikandar Raza Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 17 25 2657 1441 34 7/113 8/176 42.38 3.25 78.1 0 2 0
T20Is 81 70 1142 1329 58 4/8 4/8 22.91 6.98 19.6 2 0 0
ODIs 142 112 4610 3738 88 4/55 4/55 42.47 4.86 52.3 1 0 0
FC 66 69 4982 2738 77 7/113 8/176 35.55 3.29 64.7 2 2 0
List A 245 183 7648 6220 171 4/33 4/33 36.37 4.87 44.7 3 0 0
T20s 210 165 2660 3229 123 4/8 4/8 26.25 7.28 21.6 3 0 0

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