2022 T20 World Cup: Sikandar Raza – The man who ‘turned’ a famous victory for Zimbabwe against Pakistan | Cricket News


Emotions inside Sikandar Raza must have been unique when Zimbabwean wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva cleared the bails to run out Shaheen Shah Afridi for a thrilling one-run win at the ongoing T20 World Cup about Pakistan — the country where Raza was born. The occasion was even more special for spin bowler Raza, as his three wickets for 25 runs really turned the game on its head as Pakistan sat comfortably at 88/3 and chased down Zimbabwe’s 130/8.
Needing two off the last ball of the ‘Super 12’ match on Thursday, Afridi ran out for one, ending Pakistan’s innings at 129/8 – one run short of Zimbabwe’s total.
Raza was named ‘player of the match’. Incredibly, this was Raza’s third ‘Player of the Match’ award so far in 4 completed matches for Zimbabwe in this edition of the T20 World Cup.

Born in Sialkot, Raza moved to Zimbabwe for studies once his dream of becoming a fighter pilot ended after he failed an eye examination. His parents moved to Zimbabwe in 2002.
Below are some facts about Raza in his cricket journey since making Zimbabwe his home:
– First-Class Debut: 2007
– After seeing his talent, the Zimbabwe Cricket Federation made sure that Raza’s process to get citizenship moves into the fast lane.
– He made it to Zimbabwe’s 2011 ODI preliminary squad, but was not selected in the final squad.

– Raza became a Zimbabwean citizen in 2011.
– He made his ODI debut in May 2013.
– He made his Test debut in September 2013 against his home country Pakistan.
– Raza played a key role as an all-rounder in Zimbabwe’s first bilateral ODI series win on Sri Lankan soil in 2017.
– Raza was picked up by Chittagong Kings in the 2017 Bangladesh Premier League draft.

Tests: 17 matches, 1187 runs, highest: 127, average: 35.97, hundreds: 1, fifties: 8
ODIs: 123 matches, 3656 runs, highest: 141, average: 36.56, hundreds: 6, fifties: 20
T20Is: 63 matches, 1185 runs, highest: 87, average: 20.79, strike rate: 127.97, hundreds: 0, fifties: 6
Tests: 17 matches, wickets: 34, best: 7/133, economy: 3.25
ODIs: 123 matches, wickets: 70, best: 3/21, economy: 4.89
T20Is: 63 matches, wickets: 36, best: 4/8, economy: 7.17


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