Wahab Riaz

Wahab Riaz (Cricketer)

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Wahab Riaz (Punjabi, Urdu: وہاب ریاض‎;born 28 June 1985) is a Pakistani cricketer. He is a left-arm fast bowler and a right-hand batsman. He frequently bowls at speeds of around 90 miles per hour (140 km/h) and has reached 154.5 km/h.One among the many Pakistani pacers with good pace and a nippy action, Wahab Riaz came into the reckoning in 2008 when he was selected in the ODI squads to play against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. He impressed one-and-all in his early days but failed in the real test, when he was selected for a tri-series in Bangladesh which included arch-rivals India. He conceded 85 runs in a match against India and had to be taken off the attack after bowling two beamers. Since then, Riaz struggled to maintain his spot in the eleven and was in and out of the squad.Wahab Riaz, a left-arm fast bowler, has the pace to trouble the best, but hasn't always combined it with consistency. He has benefited from Pakistan's chronic poor luck with fast bowlers: with Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif missing more than they play and Umar Gul injury-prone, Riaz came into national reckoning earlier than he might have reasonably expected. Since then he has had some good moments in international cricket, but consistency hasn't been his strongest suit.

Title Description
Name: Wahab Riaz
Famous As: Vicky
Nationality: Pakistan
Residence: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Education: University of the Punjab, Aitchison College, Islamia College
Religion: Islam
Profession: Cricketer
Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Date: 28 June 1985
Place: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Spouse: Zainab Chudary (m. 2013)
Children: Eshal Riaz
Parents: Sikandar Riaz
National Side: Pakistan
Team Role: Bowler
Bowling Style: Left-arm Fast
Batting Style: Right Handed
Matches: 14 in Test & 78 in ODIs
Wickets : 43 in Test & 100 in ODIs
Bowling Average: 32.81 in Test & 29.67 in ODIs
Batting Average: 8.53 in Test & 14.02 in ODIs
5 wickets in Innings : 2 in Test & 1 in ODIs
Best Bowling: 5/63 in Test & 5/46 in ODIs
Catches/Stumpings: 1/- in Test & 18/- in ODIs
Balls Bowled: 2,492 in Test & 2,873 in ODIs
Runs Scored: 128 in Test & 491 in ODIs
Test Debut: England v Pakistan at The Oval
Test Last: Australia v Pakistan at Brisbane
ODI Debut: Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura
ODI Last: Pakistan v West Indies at Abu Dhabi
T20 Debut : Pakistan v Bangladesh at Karachi
T20 Last: Pakistan v West Indies at Dubai
Top Score: 27 in Test & 54* in ODIs
Domestic team: Hyderabad (Pakistan), Hyderabad Hawks, Kent, Lahore, Lahore Lions, Lahore Ravi, National Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan A, Peshawar Zalmi, Punjab (Pakistan), Surrey


Early Career

Wahab Riaz Bowlling Hard

Wahab Riaz Bowlling Hard

He made his Test debut in the third Test of Pakistan's tour to England, and celebrated it with a dream spell, picking up a match-winning five-wicket haul in the first innings. Since then, Riaz has been a permanent member of the Test and ODI squads. With Pakistan losing Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif to match-fixing bans, Riaz, became a regular member of the playing eleven in the tours to come. He continued to show consistency in the series against South Africa, and sealed his World Cup spot with good shows in New Zealand. In the World Cup, he saved his best for the semi-final and shot to limelight with a five-wicket haul against arch-rivals India, which unfortunately came in a losing cause. Riaz maintained his spot in the Pakistan squad for the tour of West Indies that followed, and he ended the ODI tour as their leading wicket-taker. He was rested for the tour of Zimbabwe, and Riaz used the opportunity to sign for Kent. On his home debut, Riaz picked up a five-wicket haul which included a hat-trick against Gloucestershire.Wahab made his Test debut against England in the third test of the 2010 series. England batted first and Wahab took 5/63 in the first innings. In Pakistan's first innings he came into bat at number 3 and made 27 runs.[1] "3rd Test- EnglandvPakistan

Test Career

On his Test debut, against England at The Oval in 2010, Riaz took 5 for 63, becoming the ninth Pakistan bowler to take five on debut. Among his victims were Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen. However, he had poor tours of New Zealand and West Indies in 2011, and was dropped from the Test side.He next played for Pakistan in the Test series against South Africa in October 2010 he participated in 4 ODIs. He was selected to play in the first Test later in that series he took two wickets those of Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla however towards the end of the day he picked up a side strain. He did not bowl the following day. A scan showed that Riaz had picked up an injury which takes 4-5 weeks to recover from and thus he missed the rest of the Test series[2] Side strain-. ESPNcricinfo. Shortly after the World Cup, Pakistan toured the West Indies for two Tests, five ODIs, and a T20I; Riaz was included in the squad.He took two wickets in the T20I, which Pakistan lost, and played in four out of the five ODIs, taking seven wickets at an average of 25.28 and finishing as Pakistan's leading wicket-taker in the series. In a report to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on the team's performance in the West Indies, coach Waqar Younis commented that Riaz had an "average" tour.In May Pakistan toured Ireland for a two-match ODI series, and although Riaz was included in the squad he did not play a match.[3] Misbah replac- ODI captain

Domestic Career

on 11 June. He took a single wicket, that of Chris Cooke, and guided his team to victory with 32 not out, hitting the winning runs after being sent in up the order.On his home debut Riaz took a hat-trick dismissing Chris Taylor, Ed Young, and Richard Coughtrie  and recording figures of 5 wickets for 17 runs (5/17) against Gloucestershire to help his team to an eight-wicket victory. It was the second time a player had taken a T20 hat-trick for Kent,and was the first time Riaz took five wickets in the format, beating previous best bowling figures of 3/14.During his spell with Kent Riaz took 13 first-class wickets at an average of 33.53, 9 in list A cricket at 13.33,and 20 wickets in t20 matches at an average of 19.85. He was rested for the tour of Zimbabwe, and Riaz used the opportunity to sign for Kent. On his home debut, Riaz picked up a five-wicket haul which included a hat-trick against Gloucestershire.

International Career

Wahab Riaz The Good One

Wahab Riaz The Good One

World Cup 2015

In World Cup 2015 quarterfinal match against Australia Wahab bowled a very aggressive spell. He showed some aggressive interaction by sarcastic clapping and a flying kiss to Shane Watson.[4] Wahab spell- Dawn ICC fined Wahab Riaz for the behavior.Riaz's spell won him plaudits from numerous cricketers past and present,with Michael Clarke referring to Riaz's performance 'as good as I've faced in ODI cricket for a long timeand Kevin Pietersen describing the spell as the "Best spell of bowling by a foreigner on Aussie soil for years".In the match Watson scored 64 runs off 66 balls, When Wahab Riaz was bowling his fiery spell against Shane Watson, he was dropped at 4 runs by Rahat Ali at fine leg off a 145kmh Riaz bouncer. Australia won the match by six wicketsbut after the match Wahab Riaz became a trend on Twitter. Brian Lara tweeted "I want to meet with this Riaz guy," adding that he would pay the fine imposed on Wahab by the ICC for his verbals at Watson.Wahab then invited Brian Lara to Pakistan through Twitter.[5] Shane Watson - Tribe

Pakistan Super League

Wahab Riaz was placed in the Platinum category of the Pakistan Super League and was bought by The Peshawar Zalmis for $140,000. He took 10 wickets in the 7 Group Stage Matches and helped his team reach the playoffs.During a group stage match vs Quetta Gladiators, Riaz had an exchange of words and a physical tussle with batsman Ahmed Shehzad. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) imposed a fine on both the players and issued an official warning to them.

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