Mohammad Irfan (Cricketer)

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Mohammad Irfan is a Pakistani left arm fast bowler. He is notable for his height and pace.Mohammad Irfan's actual height - the PCB has variously measured him at 6'8", 6'10" and 7'1". If he is indeed 7'1", he could be the tallest cricketer around, surpassing his idol Joel Garner. Irfan is a product of rural Pakistan, hailing from the eastern Pakistan town of Gaggu Mandi, which produced another tall former Pakistan quick, Mohammad Zahid. The lack of opportunities in his home town forced him to quit playing cricket and seek full-time employment to support his family. He was working in a plastic pipe factory and playing club cricket before Aaqib Javed had summoned him to the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. Aaqib was enthused by what he saw and soon after, he was playing first-class cricket for Khan Research Laboratories. He took nine wickets in his second game and ended the season with an impressive 43 wickets in ten games. He came close to national selection when he was named as a replacement for one of the injured seamers for the 2010 World Twenty20, but his name was withdrawn.

Title Description
Personal
Name: Mohammad Irfan
Nationality: Pakistan
Residence: Gaggu Mandi, Punjab, Pakistan
Religion: Islam
Profession: Cricket Bowler
Height: 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Born
Date: 6 June 1982
Place: Gaggu Mandi, Punjab, Pakistan
Career
National Side: Pakistan
Team Role: Bowler
Bowling Style: Left-arm fast
Batting Style: Right-handed
Matches: 4 in Tests, 57 in ODIs
Wickets : 10 in Tests, 78 in ODIs
Bowling Average: 38.90 in Tests, 31.02 in ODIs
Batting Average: 5.60 in Tests, 4.36 in ODIs
Best Bowling: 3/44 in Tests, 4/30 in ODIs
Catches/Stumpings: 0/0 in Tests, 8/- in ODIs
Balls Bowled: 712 in Tests, 2,617 in ODIs
Runs Scored: 28 in Tests, 48 in ODIs
Test Debut: 14 February 2013 v South Africa
Test Last: 23-26 October 2014 v South Africa
ODI Debut: 10 September 2010 v England
ODI Last: 21 December 2015 v England
ODI Shirt Number: 76
T20 Debut : 25 December 2012 v India
T20 Last: 27 February 2016 v India
Top Score: 14 in Tests,12 in ODIs
Domestic team: Khan Research Laboratories, Multan Tigers, Islamabad United, Lahore Lions, Dhaka Dynamites


Career

First-contract

Mohammad Irfan is Fastest Bowler
Mohammad Irfan is Fastest Bowler
After impressing coaches at the NCA Irfan got several offers from First Class teams including Habib Bank and ZTBL. However it was KRL opener, Azhar Ali, who convinced KRL coach Rashid Iqbal to give Irfan a trial with Khan Research Laboratories (KRL). Azhar had seen Irfan take 4 wickets against Pakistan A and had immediately called KRL telling them that Irfan would be a good fit for their team. Irfan went for the trial and got selected, the first part of his dream was complete. Irfan  made his first class debut in the QEA Trophy in October 2009 playing for Khan Research Laboratories. He bowled economically but was unable to take any wickets in a high scoring game. In his second first class game, Irfan took 7-113 in the second innings and 9 wickets overall in the match. His first wicket in professional cricket was of young Pakistani international batsmen Ahmed Shehzad. He also took the wicket of Imran Farhat and injured Hasan Raza with a bouncer before taking his wicket.[1] Article on Irfan- dawn.com

Kolkata Knight Riders IPL

He is announced that he had signed a memorandum of understanding with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to represent them in the 2011 IPL Season. This deal is only valid as long as the PCB and the BCCI give their approval. The main reason for Irfan being given a trial with KKR was because former Pakistani pace-bowler Wasim Akram recommended Irfan to the KKR management. Irfan's contract will earn him $75,000 plus another $2,000 dollars for every game he plays in. However the contract needs to be approved by the Board of Control for Cricket in India Irfan's contract also requires approval from the Pakistan Cricket Board[2] Irfan awaits NOC- espncricinfo

International Career

Mohammad Irfan is Tallest player
Mohammad Irfan is Tallest player

debut 2010

Mohammad Irfan made his debut for the Pakistan national cricket team. Irfan was brought in to replace Pakistan's two prominent and core bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, who were accused of spot fixing. This was a perfect opportunity for Irfan to shine for Pakistan as they looked to move forward without their two great bowlers. However, Irfan's ODI debut against England in 2010 saw a reduction by 9 overs in the match due to bad weather conditions. He finished the match with bowling figures of 0-37 off 5.3 overs, before going off the pitch with cramps. During this early stretch in his career, many were displeased by Irfan's performance. This was mainly due to his speed in the debut series against England; it underwhelmed many as it only showed 130-135kph on the velocity radar. To make matters worse, England had won the match by 24 runs. Irfan was dropped after the series and was not brought back until the India series on 25 December 2012. Irfan was seen as a prominent figure in the series win against India as he emerged as the wild card that propelled Pakistan to victory. In this series he displayed marked improvement as his bowling speeds reached 145kph, rising from the 135 kph he had over two years ago. At 7`1 and bowling at brisk pace, Irfan brings a new dimension to the Pakistan bowling attack.[3] Irfan's T20 debut vs India Full Spell

South Africa 2013

Irfan's improvement did not go unnoticed, as the Pakistan selectors touted him "the surprise package" in South Africa in March 2013. Irfan did not disappoint as he consistently troubled the South African batsmen with his pace and height. Irfan finished the first innings with 3 wickets and 1 maiden in 21 overs, conceding 86 runs with an economy rate of 4.09. In the second innings Irfan was unable to take a wicket, returning figures of 0-35 off 10 overs.[4] Mohammad Irfan " Tour of South Africa"