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Sohail Tanvir
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Personal information
Full name Sohail Tanvir
Born 12 December 1984 (1984-12-12) (age 25)
Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium-fast, Slow left-arm orthodox
Role All-rounder
International information
National side Pakistan
Test debut (cap 188) 22 November 2007 v India
Last Test 30 November 2007 v India
ODI debut (cap 158) 18 October 2007 v South Africa
Last ODI 1 May 2009 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 33
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007/08 Federal Areas
2007/08 – Khan Research Laboratories
2004/05-2006/07 Rawalpindi
2008 – Rajasthan Royals (squad no. 8)
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs FC LA
Matches 2 31 35 56
Runs scored 17 182 1,466 495
Batting average 5.66 14.00 29.91 16.50
100s/50s 0/0 0/1 4/7 0/2
Top score 13 59 132 93
Balls bowled 504 1,542 7,525 2,876
Wickets 5 44 149 88
Bowling average 63.20 28.90 27.65 28.20
5 wickets in innings 0 1 9 2
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 2 n/a
Best bowling 3/83 5/48 8/54 7/34
Catches/stumpings 2/– 8/– 15/– 12/–
Source: CricketArchive, 24 October 2009

Sohail Tanvir (born December 12, 1984 in Rawalpindi, Punjab) is a Pakistani cricketer, who has gained repute for his unorthodox left arm bowling action and particularly for the success it has gained him in the twenty20 format of the game. [1]


International career

An allrounder, he is a hard-hitting left-handed batsman and an unorthodox left-arm fast-medium bowler who also bowls occasional left-arm orthodox spin. Despite not having taken a single wicket during his ten Twenty20 matches domestically, he was selected for Pakistan's squad for the inaugral World Twenty20 after Shoaib Akhtar was sent home. He made his Twenty20 debut in the tournament, and took six wickets in six matches, with best bowling figures of 3 for 31 in four overs against Australia. Though considered an allrounder, Tanvir did not get a chance to bat in the tournament until the final, where he made his first international runs, with a six off his first ball, aiding Pakistan back into the game.

After impressing in the ICC World Twenty20, he was selected to play in the ODI series against South Africa in October, 2007. He was then selected for the tour of India, and took eight wickets in the ODI series. He also took part in the Test series that followed, making his debut in place of the injured Umar Gul. On debut at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Dehli, he took three wickets which included Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. In Asia Cricket Cup, June 2008, Pakistan played their first game against Hong Kong at Karachi. In that match, Pakistan's top order struggled to get grips with Hong Kong bowlers before Sohail Tanvir set up a 100 run stand along with Fawad Alam for the 8th wicket. Sohail scored his maiden ODI 50 in that match. He scored 59 off just 55 balls which took Pakistan to a respectable score of 288. After that, in the match vs. Sri Lanka, Tanvir took his first 5 wickets haul. He ended at 5/48 in 10 overs.

Domestic career


Indian Premier League career

On March 11, 2008 Tanvir was signed up in the second round of the Indian Premier League's players' auction by the Jaipur franchise, Rajasthan Royals, for $100,000.[2]

Playing in his third match of tournament, on May 4, Tanvir took a match-winning six wickets against the Chennai Super Kings at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. His figures of 6-14 from four overs are a record for Twenty20 cricket.[3][4] He ended the tournament as the highest wicket-taker, with 22 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 12.09, an economy rate of 6.46 and a strike rate of 11.20, the best among bowlers with more than six wickets.[5][6]

In the final of tournament, on June 1 at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai, with Rajasthan chasing 164 to win, Tanvir added 21 runs along with captain Shane Warne. He hit the winning runs of the final ball of the innings, to see the Royals home.[7][8] He was later presented with the "Purple Cap", an award for the leading wicket-taker of the tournament.

A statistical analysis conducted by Cricinfo after the conclusion of the league stage of the tournament rated Tanvir as the most successful player. He was also rated as the second best value player of the tournament, having been signed on for $100,000.[9]

Twenty20 Big Bash

In December 2008, Tanvir was signed by the Australian domestic side Southern Redbacks for the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash. [10]. In his first match against Western Australia he was pitted against fellow Pakistani fast bowler Umar Gul and although he was caught out first ball he took 1-15 with the ball for his side in a winning cause. International commitment meant he wasn't available for the entirety of the tournament and he struggled to get amongst the wickets, although his batting form improved throughout his short stint.

County cricket

He signed one year contract with Surrey County Cricket Club in July 2009 for 75,000 pounds. He said he would try to benefit from the opportunity to get back in national side but the deal didn't get signed


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