Test CareerHe had a great start to his Test career when he scored a century against Bangladesh in 2001 on his Test debut, becoming the eighth Pakistani to achieve this feat. However, a poor series against India and a loss in batting form has hindered his progress and he has remained on the fringes of selection since then.After a great start to his Test career, he found it much tougher playing against tougher opposition. Although he scored a gritty 88 against the Australians, his next four innings yielded just six runs. He had a good tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa in 2002-03. He scored a ton against Zimbabwe and performed admirably in South Africa. On fast and bouncy pitches, Taufeeq's powers of concentration allowed him to graft a superb ton in a losing cause at Cape Town.However, he only missed two of 24 Tests played between August 2001 and April 2004, and after 17 Tests his batting average had reached 48.03 after he made four scores above 50 in the two-Test series with South Africa. Possessing excellent temperament, he remains unique amongst Pakistani openers in his ability to concentrate for long periods and his ability to build innings. With exquisite drives either side of the wicket, a formidable cut and pull shot in the armoury and possessing the natural gift of timing, he seemed the very answer to Pakistan's opening problem especially against a full strength South African attack in South Africa (2003). A loss of form against India (2004) resulted in Taufeeq losing his place in the team and a subsequent loss of batting confidence.
ODI CareerHis ODI form has been poor. He was selected in the 2003 World Cup squad but failed to convert his starts. Taufeeq has played more Tests than ODIs but it was in the series against India in 2004 which led to his downfall. He struggled to score runs and that led to a dip in his confidence. He struggled in the return leg against India and his performances were below par against England and South Africa. This led to his axing from the team in 2006, but he came back in the series against South Africa in Abu Dhabi and gave solidity to the top order. He performed well against New Zealand by scoring some fifties and his crowning glory came against the West Indies at St.Kitts in 2011 when he scored 135 and helped Pakistan square the series. With Pakistan's selectors following an open and shut case against openers, Taufeeq's comeback has been good news for a Pakistan team that is struggling for solidity at the top. He continued his brilliant form and got his highest Test score against Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi, 236. Taufeeq also scored a ton against Bangladesh in Chittagong but failed to score runs against England and in the return leg to Sri Lanka. This led to him being axed from the squad and being on the sidelines since then.Taufeeq spent a summer in the UK playing Professional League cricket for Lancaster Cricket Club in the Northern League. He was recalled into the Pakistani side for the South Africa Series in 2010.
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