Full name Zafar Shahaan Ansari
Born December 10, 1991, Ascot, Berkshire
Current age 24 years 233 days
Major teams Cambridge MCCU, England Under-19s, Surrey, Surrey 2nd XI, Surrey Under-13s, Surrey Under-15s, Surrey Under-17s, Surrey Under-19s
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Relation Brother - AS Ansari
|Only ODI||Ireland v England at Dublin (Malahide), May 8, 2015 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Cambridge MCCU v Essex at Cambridge, Apr 2-4, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Hampshire v Surrey at Southampton, Jul 17-20, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Sussex v Surrey at Hove, Sep 4, 2010 scorecard|
|Last List A||Hampshire v Surrey at Southampton, Jun 15, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Surrey v Essex at The Oval, Jun 13, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Kent v Surrey at Tunbridge Wells, Jul 15, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|5||Surrey||v Hampshire||Southampton||17 Jul 2016||FC|
|8*, 1/29||Surrey||v Kent||Tunbridge Wells||15 Jul 2016||T20|
|40, 2/98, 24*||Surrey||v Yorkshire||The Oval||11 Jul 2016||FC|
|10, 1/20||Surrey||v Somerset||The Oval||8 Jul 2016||T20|
|14, 0/15||Surrey||v Gloucs||Bristol||6 Jul 2016||T20|
|11, 0/43, 40||Surrey||v Warwickshire||Guildford||2 Jul 2016||FC|
|9, 0/22||Surrey||v Essex||The Oval||25 Jun 2016||T20|
|3, 0/21||Surrey||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||24 Jun 2016||T20|
|0, 1/43, 6/36||Surrey||v Notts||The Oval||19 Jun 2016||FC|
|34*, 2/16||Surrey||v Middlesex||The Oval||17 Jun 2016||T20|
"Cricket is not the end for me. My life isn't directed towards it. Cricket is a part of my life." Very few professional cricketers dare to say that in the 21st century, offering as it does an open invitation to coaches and supporters to suspect that their talent is not being maximised. But Zafar Ansari is prepared to say it and his balanced outlook is just one of the reasons why he is one of the more intriguing talents in the English game.
But for a badly broken thumb, Ansari could have made a Test debut for England against Pakistan in the UAE in the autumn of 2015, but hours after his selection was announced he was injured fielding at cover against Lancashire at Old Trafford. He was also ruled out of an England Lions trip to the Emirates to face Pakistan A. Instead, an operation followed as he sought to recover full fitness ahead of the 2016 season.
Ansari's England call-up had come on the back of a Championship season where he scored 771 runs at 36.71 and took 44 wickets at 30.97 with his ever-improving left-arm spin. It was his bowling success which helped tip the scales in his favour.
Ansari is richly talented. He excels at music and school and took his double-first at Cambridge seriously. But cricket has become his chosen career. 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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