Hazratullah Zazai      

Full name Hazratullah Zazai

Born March 23, 1998, Paktia

Current age 20 years 304 days

Major teams Afghanistan, Afghanistan Under-19s, Amo Region, Band-e-Amir Dragons, Band-e-Amir Region

Playing role Opening batsman

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Hazratullah Zazai
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
ODIs 2 2 0 15 14 7.50 11 136.36 0 0 1 1 0 0
T20Is 3 3 0 174 82 58.00 111 156.75 0 2 15 13 1 0
First-class 17 33 1 1246 133 38.93 1338 93.12 3 8 153 44 22 0
List A 11 11 1 241 103* 24.10 182 132.41 1 0 34 8 5 0
T20s 25 25 0 858 124 34.32 537 159.77 1 6 81 58 11 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
ODIs 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 3 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 17 6 82 68 3 1/10 1/10 22.66 4.97 27.3 0 0 0
List A 11 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20s 25 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
ODI debut Ireland v Afghanistan at Belfast, Aug 27, 2018 scorecard
Last ODI Ireland v Afghanistan at Belfast, Aug 29, 2018 scorecard
ODI statistics
T20I debut United Arab Emirates v Afghanistan at Dubai (DSC), Dec 16, 2016 scorecard
Last T20I Ireland v Afghanistan at Bready, Aug 22, 2018 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut Mis Ainak Region v Band-e-Amir Region at Kabul, Oct 20-23, 2017 scorecard
Last First-class Kabul Region v Band-e-Amir Region at Kunar, Apr 22-25, 2018 scorecard
List A debut Mis Ainak Region v Amo Region at Khost, Aug 10, 2017 scorecard
Last List A Ireland v Afghanistan at Belfast, Aug 29, 2018 scorecard
T20s debut United Arab Emirates v Afghanistan at Dubai (DSC), Dec 16, 2016 scorecard
Last T20s Dhaka Dynamites v Rajshahi Kings at Sylhet, Jan 16, 2019 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
6 Dynamites v Kings Sylhet 16 Jan 2019 T20
4 Dynamites v Sixers Dhaka 12 Jan 2019 T20
1 Dynamites v Riders Dhaka 11 Jan 2019 T20
57 Dynamites v Titans Dhaka 8 Jan 2019 T20
78 Dynamites v Kings Dhaka 5 Jan 2019 T20
39 Arabians v Tigers Sharjah 2 Dec 2018 Other T20
15 Arabians v Warriors Sharjah 1 Dec 2018 Other T20
9 Arabians v Tigers Sharjah 1 Dec 2018 Other T20
5 Arabians v Sindhis Sharjah 30 Nov 2018 Other T20
4 Arabians v Pakhtoons Sharjah 28 Nov 2018 Other T20
Profile

Afghanistan's ascent up the global rankings from ICC Associate nation to Full Member and Test status has been largely propelled by a conveyor belt of fast bowling and mystery spin. But the country has struggled to unearth quality batting prospects at the same rate as their bowling unit. The emergence of the hard-hitting Hazratullah Zazai is a sign that this may change early in the country's Full Member era.
A tall, hulking presence at the crease, Zazai made waves as a 20-year-old in his debut tour with the senior team by striking back-to-back half-centuries in just his second and third matches to ensure a T20I series sweep of Ireland. In the final match at Bready, he single-handedly outscored Ireland with his 82 off 54 balls, which included seven sixes.
If that wasn't enough to grab headlines, then hitting six sixes in an over less than two months later did the trick while batting for Kabul Zwanan against Balkh Legends in the inaugural season of the Afghanistan Premier League in Sharjah. Having already bashed a 44-ball ton earlier in the tournament, Zazai's intimidation factor grew exponentially when he became the sixth batsman in competitive cricket, and third in T20s, to achieve the six sixes feat after carving up left-arm spinner Abdullah Mazari to put his name alongside Yuvraj Singh and Garry Sobers, among others, in the record books.
Hidden in the euphoria of the six sixes was the fact that Zazai matched Yuvraj and Chris Gayle for the fastest fifty in all T20 cricket off 12 balls. Time will tell if Zazai can make a similar impact in ODI and Test cricket for Afghanistan.
Peter Della Penna

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Jan 12, 2019

Hazratullah Zazai lofts one down the ground, Dhaka Dynamites v Sylhet Sixers, Bangladesh Premier League 2018-19, Dhaka, January 12, 2019

Hazratullah Zazai lofts one down the ground

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Jan 8, 2019

Hazratullah Zazai en route to another BPL half-century, Dhaka Dynamites v Khulna Titans, BPL 2018-19, Dhaka, January 8, 2019

Hazratullah Zazai en route to another BPL half-century

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Oct 14, 2018

Hazratullah Zazai and his idol Chris Gayle come together for a photo, Balkh Legends v Kabul Zwanan, APL 2018, Sharjah, October 14, 2018

Hazratullah Zazai and his idol Chris Gayle come together for a photo

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