Mohammad Zahid

Mohammad Zahid (Cricketer)

Article Upload Date: 2016,Nov 29

Mohammad Zahid is another new lethal fast bowler from Punjab thus keeping alive the Province's tradition of producing fast bowlers. He is said to be a genuine fast bowler produced after a long period of time. He took 11 wkts in his debut test against New Zealand and became the only Pakistani to have taken 10 wkts or more on his debut. Although he still needs some improvement in his line and length, his bowling is really devastating and can tear a batting side into pieces. He picked up a back injury in the tour to Sri Lanka and after his back operation has not yet made his return to the world of cricket. All Pakistan cricket fans hope it wont be long before he comes back to the Pakistan side to strengthen its already formidable bowling attack.

Title Description
Name: Mohammad Zahid
Nationality: Pakistan
Residence: Gaggu Mandi, Punjab, Pakistan
Religion: Islam
Profession: Cricketer
Date: 2 August 1976
Place: Gaggu Mandi, Punjab, Pakistan
National Side: Pakistan
Team Role: Bowler
Bowling Style: Right-arm fast
Batting Style: Right-hand bat
Matches: 5 in Tests & 11 in ODIs
Wickets : 15 in Tests & 10 in ODIs
Bowling Average: 33.46 in Tests & 39.10 in ODIs
Batting Average: 1.39 in Tests & 7.50 in ODIs
5 wickets in Innings : 1 in Tests & - in ODIs
10 wickets in Match: 1 in Tests & n/a in ODIs
Best Bowling: 7/66 in Tests & 2/20 in ODIs
Catches/Stumpings: -/- in Tests & 1/- in ODIs
Balls Bowled: 792 in Tests & 512 in ODIs
Runs Scored: 7 in Tests & 15 in ODIs
Test Debut: Pakistan v New Zealand at Rawalpindi, Nov 28-Dec 1, 1996
Test Last: South Africa v Pakistan at Cape Town, Jan 2-5, 2003
ODI Debut: Pakistan v New Zealand at Karachi, Dec 8, 1996
ODI Last: Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare, Nov 30, 2002
Top Score: 6* in Tests & 7* in ODIs
First-Class Debut: 1995/96
First-Class Last : Jan 26-29, 2009
Domestic team: Multan, Pakistan Customs, Pakistan International Airlines, Rawalpindi


Early Career

Mohammad Zahid in Test Match

Mohammad Zahid in Test Match

Having suffered a back injury and subsequently having to go through back surgery halfway through his career, he continued to play until January 2003. Zahid's last Test was against South Africa which saw a record first-wicket partnership by the South Africans of 368 runs, shared between Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs.He took 11 wickets in his debut test against New Zealand, which included figures of 7 for 66 in the second innings.[1] Pakistan v New Zealand- cricinfo He became the only Pakistani to have taken 10 wickets or more on his debut. Besides this, he bowled an exceptional over to Brian Lara (West Indies), who was then the premier batsman of the world: Lara played and missed the first three deliveries due to the sheer pace that Zahid generated, before edging the fourth ball for a caught behind. This performance caught the eyes of the cricketing pundits. He enjoyed an outstanding debut, claiming a match haul of 11 wickets, thus becoming the first Pakistani to grab 10 or more wickets on debut. He also caught the eye in Pakistan's only tri-nation series triumph in Australia in 1996.

Fastest bowler debate

Zahid was noted for his pace from an early age and after his encounter with Brian Lara, Zahid was described by the left-handed batsmen as the fastest bowler in the world.[2] Brian Lara on Akram- BBC The lack of speed cameras and Zahid's short career span before serious back injury has curtailed much of the initial hype over his pace as many fans, pundits and players wonder what actual speeds were reached by his bowling.Zahid's career began within short proximity of fellow Pakistani paceman Shoaib Akhtar who later went on to record the fastest ever recorded delivery in cricket in the 2003 World Cup. In a recent interview on a chat show with Rameez Raja, Shoaib Akhtar accepted that Mohammad Zahid was yards quicker than him when he was bowling in 1997 and after that Shoaib picked up more pace than Zahid, once again fuelling the debate of the speed of Mohammad Zahid and if he may have been one of the fastest bowlers of all time.


Zahid picked up a back injury in the tour to Sri Lanka and after his back operation could not make his return to the world of cricket. He did come back for a short stint in the series against South Africa in 1998 but had lost his pace considerably and subsequently his line & length, eventually he was dropped from the Pakistan team.Zahid then sustained an acute back injury and subsequently underwent surgery. He did come back in 1998 and later in 2003 but failed to deliver.

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