Matches (19)
IND in ENG (1)
SL v AUS (1)
IND-W in SL (1)
ENG v IND (1)
NAM T20 (3)
Vitality Blast (8)
RHF Trophy (3)
WI v BDESH (1)

Hazratullah Zazai

Afghanistan|Opening Batter
Hazratullah Zazai
INTL CAREER: 2016 - 2022
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Full Name

Hazratullah Zazai

Born

March 23, 1998, Paktia

Age

24y 100d

Batting Style

Left hand Bat

Bowling Style

Slow Left arm Orthodox

Playing Role

Opening Batter

TEAMS

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 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.


In February 2019, he belted an unbeaten 162 off 62 balls against Ireland in just his fifth T20I which included a record 16 sixes, one of many benchmarks set on the day both for himself and Afghanistan in a world record T20 total of 278. Time will tell if Zazai can make a similar impact in ODI and Test cricket for Afghanistan.
Peter Della Penna

Career Averages
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
ODI161603616722.5640988.2602381730
T20I25252812162*35.30550147.6313735440
FC17331124613338.93133893.123815344220
List A32321739103*23.8374399.46138730100
T20828232308162*29.211601144.15212229136300
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
ODI16------------
T20I25------------
FC176826831/101/1022.664.9727.3000
List A32------------
T2082------------
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Hazratullah Zazai goes big
Hazratullah Zazai jabs one away
Hazratullah Zazai made 52 off 42 balls
Hazratullah Zazai swings down the ground
Hazratullah Zazai and Johnson Charles hammered 67 in 3.1 overs
Hazratullah Zazai plays on the leg side