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Taufeeq Umar
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Taufeeq Umar

Pakistan|Batter
Taufeeq Umar

INTL CAREER: 2001 - 2014

Full Name

Taufeeq Umar

Born

June 20, 1981, Lahore, Punjab

Age

40y 118d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Fielding Position

Occasional wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Batter

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TEAMS

A left-hand opener from Lahore, Taufeeq Umar first made his mark in the Lombard World Under-15 Challenge in England in 1996. He made 87 against England in the semi-final, and in the final, which Pakistan lost to India, he opened with Hasan Raza, who was to play Test cricket shortly afterwards. A front-foot player who drives well, Taufeeq is nonetheless a good cutter. He can also bowl some handy offspin. Taufeeq could not have asked for an easier initiation into international cricket - he played his first Test against Bangladesh in 2001, and duly notched up a hundred to become the eighth player to score a century on Test debut for Pakistan. But far more impressive were his subsequent performances - an 88 against a top-class Australian attack was followed by a flawless 135 against South Africa in Cape Town in 2003. On those bouncy pitches, Taufeeq had ample time to play the seamers. He did not get much opportunity in the World Cup, but showed himself to be an absolute asset in Pakistan's home series against South Africa, scoring a hundred and three fifties in four innings.

Yet, as a result of Pakistan's lack of patience with their openers, he was axed a few Tests later after a string of moderate performances. That was followed by a period when he was in and out of the team, but when he was dropped from the Test side for four years between 2006 and 2010, it seemed the selectors had forgotten about him.

However, he returned in 2010 for the series against South Africa, and gradually established himself as a regular opener. It helped that he also showed the hunger to make up for lost time: against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi in October 2011, he displayed tremendous application and patience to score 236, thus becoming only the seventh Pakistan opener - and the first since 1992 - to score a Test double-century.

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test44835296323637.98662644.717144044480
ODI2222150481*24.0089556.310351290
FC177308171059824736.4121571760
List A144144164852151*37.901024930
T20363661124100*37.46950118.31161309170
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test44778440---3.38-000
ODI223728511/491/4985.007.0872.00000
FC177952532153/3335.463.3563.4000
List A14415061313355/395/3937.515.2343.00010
T203611150169104/114/1116.896.7615.00100
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Taufeeq Umar was stumped for 16
Taufeeq Umar drives through the offside
The match was called off with nine overs remaining
Makeshift keeper Taufeeq Umar looks on as Prasanna Jayawardene bats
Taufeeq Umar drives one through the off side
Taufeeq Umar made an unbeaten 42 in Pakistan's second innings