Ultimate XI ODI Profile: Saqlain Mushtaq

By Sports Desk June 04, 2020
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Saqlain Mushtaq is regarded as one of the best spinners cricket has ever seen.  His arsenal consisted of mean spin control and he was renowned for his ‘doosras’. In fact, he was one of the first off spinners to master the delivery that spins away from the batsman even though it is delivered with an offspinner's action.

Saqlain was not good enough with the bat, but his bowling abilities gave him a place in the Pakistan side for more than nine years.

His six five-wicket hauls and 11 four-fers tell the story of an aggressive bowler who was always trying to get a wicket. Sometimes he was criticized for that aggression, as his insistence on always varying his deliveries meant he was sometimes expensive. But that aggression also may have been the reason he was the quickest ODI bowler to 100 wickets but injuries and his inability to bat may have shortened his career somewhat.

Saqlain’s quality was on full show in 2000 when he laid waste to England in a six-wicket victory in Rawalpindi. The spinner’s variations were on song that day, as his 5-20, including the wickets of Marcus Trescothick and Graeme Hick, helped restrict England to 158 all-out. Pakistan cruised to 161-4 in 43.3 overs.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Saqlain Mushtaq

Born: December 29, 1976 (age 43), Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Batting style: Right-handed

Bowling style:     Right-arm off-break

 

ODI Career: Pakistan (1995-2003)

Mat      Inns      Balls     Runs     Wkts       BBI     BBM        Ave       Econ      SR     4w     5w   10w

169       165       8770     6275        288       5/20     5/20       21.78      4.29      30.4    11       6      0

 

Career Highlights

  • Claimed 288 wickets at 21.78
  • Joint best average of any bowler over 200 wickets
  • One of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year (2000)
  • A 2003 Wisden statistical analysis said he was best ODI spinner
  • 1st spinner to take a hat-trick in ODIs

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