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Full name Zafar Shahaan Ansari
Born December 10, 1991, Ascot, Berkshire
Current age 23 years 8 days
Major teams Cambridge MCCU, England Under-19s, Surrey, Surrey 2nd XI, Surrey Under-13s, Surrey Under-15s, Surrey Under-17s, Surrey Under-19s
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Relation Brother - AS Ansari
|First-class debut||Cambridge MCCU v Essex at Cambridge, Apr 2-4, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Surrey v Derbyshire at The Oval, Sep 15-17, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Sussex v Surrey at Hove, Sep 4, 2010 scorecard|
|Last List A||Surrey v Somerset at The Oval, Aug 20, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Surrey v Essex at The Oval, Jun 13, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Surrey v Warwickshire at Birmingham, Aug 23, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|22, 35, 1/67||Surrey||v Derbyshire||The Oval||15 Sep 2014||FC|
|1/10, 18, 1/23, 64||Surrey||v Worcs||Worcester||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|22, 1/17, 9, 0/13||Surrey||v NZ A||The Oval||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|8*||Surrey||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||23 Aug 2014||T20|
|28, 3/38||Surrey||v Somerset||The Oval||20 Aug 2014||LA|
|0, 0/51, 43, 0/19||Surrey||v Leics||Leicester||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|0/30, 27*||Surrey||v Kent||The Oval||5 Aug 2014||LA|
|2||Surrey||v Worcs||The Oval||2 Aug 2014||T20|
|8*, 1/51||Surrey||v Middlesex||Lord's||31 Jul 2014||LA|
|23, 1/57||Surrey||v Glamorgan||Guildford||27 Jul 2014||LA|
Zafar Ansari is richly talented. He excels at music and school but cricket is his chosen path. Having come through the Surrey academy system as a left-arm-spinning allrounder he signed a full contract before the 2011 season after making his first-team debut in the CB40 the previous summer.
His first notable outing of 2011 came when, while playing for Cambridge University against Surrey, he dismissed Kevin Pietersen on his way to 5 for 33. He was rewarded with a Twenty20 debut a month later against Essex, where he starred with an unbeaten 30 from 18 balls before a tidy spell helped win Surrey the game and Ansari the Man of the Match award.
But it is in Championship cricket that Ansari has made his biggest impact. He has emerged as an opening batsman of guts and old-fashioned defensive solidity. In 2014, he topped 1000 first-class runs at a distinctly un-21st century strike rate of 36. His left-arm spin is used primarily on wearing pitches in the second innings. Add in his sprightly fielding, and Ansari is a cricketer of resourcefulness and unusual maturity. Already, he has been touted as a future Surrey captain.
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