Cricket is the Most Popular Sport in Pakistan, and Pakistanis follow Cricket more than their National Sport, Hockey. Land of Pakistan has produced many Legendary Cricketers Like Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Inzamam Ul Haq, Hanif Muhammad, Saeed Anwar, Muhammad Younas, Misbah Ul Haq, Shahid Khan Afridi, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq, Muhammad Yousaf, Ramiz Raja, Fazal Mahmood, Waqar Younas, Shoaib Akhtar and many others. Pakistani cricketers hold many International Records and their names are in the ICC Hall of Fame. Currently, the Pakistan team comprises World Class Players, and recently the Pakistan team played semi-finals of ICC T20 Cricket World Cup after winning all matches at the group stage. Here I will discuss the Top Ten Best Cricketers of the Present Era.
List of Top Ten Pakistani Cricketers:
- Babar Azam
- Muhammad Rizwan
- Shaheen Shah Afridi
- Fawad Alam
- Shoaib Malik
- Fakhar Zaman
- Imad Wasim
- Sarfraz Ahmed
- Azhar Ali
- Muhammad Hafeez
1. Babar Azam
Classy Babar Azam is the finest Cricketer of Pakistan, but he is also one of the Superb Batters in the World in All Formats of Cricket. Babar Azam holds many International & National Awards because of his Brilliant Batting Skills. Azam was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan, and he is currently a resident of Lahore. Babar started his career as a Ball-Boy, and then the world witnessed him as ICC’s top-ranked T20 and ODI Batsman.
Babar Azam is often compared with Indian Batter Virat Kohli. There’s always a healthy competition between Virat Kohli and Babar Azam, but recently Babar took over the top rankings.
Cricketer Babar Azam’s career is full of records. He is fastest to score 2500 runs in T20Is, second fastest to score 2000 scores in One Day Internationals, 2nd Most runs-scorer in a calendar year (2021), and many other records.
Babar Azam’s ODIs, T20Is, and Tests Ranking & Ratings:
|Measures||Babar’s ODI Stats||Babar’s T20I Stats||Babar’s Test Stats|
Babar’s Cricket Career:
|Babar’s ODIs Stats||Babar’s Test Stats||Babar’s T20Is Stats|
|Total Matches||83 (Innings: 81)||35 (Innings: 63)||69 (Innings: 64)|
|Highest Score||158 in PAK vs ENG||143 in PAK vs BAN||122 in PAK vs SA|
Babar Azam Awards:
- PCB’s White Ball Cricketer of the Year 2020
- PCB’s Most Valuable Cricketer of the Year 2020
- PCB Spirit of Cricket
- ICC Men’s Player of the Month for April 2021
2. Muhammad Rizwan
Wicketkeeper Batsman Muhammad Rizwan was once an underrated Player of Pakistan; he was even not picked up in Playing Eleven for his franchise team (Karachi Kings) in the Pakistan Super League. Later, he captained the Multan Sultans in PSL VI and won the title of Winning Captain of Pakistan Super League Season VI.
Rizwan struggled very hard to make it into Pakistan’s National Squad; soon after his inclusion in Squad, he started earning fame because of his Classical Batting Skills. Recently, Rizwan won the hearts of fans for playing the Semi-Finals despite being admitted to ICU a day before the Match.
Here are Muhammad Rizwan’s Career Stats:
Muhammad Rizwan’s ODIs, T20Is, and Tests Ranking & Ratings:
|Measures||Rizwan’s ODI Stats||Rizwan T20Is Stats||Test Stats|
Rizwan’s Cricket Career:
|Rizwan’s ODIs Career||Test Stats||T20Is Stats|
|Total Matches||41 (Innings: 37)||17 (Innings: 26)||52 (Innings: 41)|
|Highest Score||115 in PAK vs AUS||115 in PAK vs SA||104 in PAK vs SA|
- PCB’s Test Cricketer of the Year 2020
- Winning Captain of PSL VI
- Most Runs in Calendar Year 2021 (T20Is)
3. Shaheen Shah Afridi
The Energetic, Young, and Passionate Shaheen Shah is considered the backbone of Pakistan’s Bowling. He is Left-Handed Fast Bowler. Shaheen Shah is famous for dislodging stumps with his off-swinger deliveries in opening overs. Shaheen Shah Afridi wears the Shirt Number 10, of Legendary Pakistani Cricketer Shahid Khan Afridi, and he is the Son-in-Law of Shahid Khan.
Afridi is a product of Lahore Qalandars; he was picked by Lahore Qalandars and performed in the Pakistan Super League and then selected into the National Squad of Pakistan. Shaheen Shah Afridi is currently playing all the formats of cricket for Pakistan.
Shaheen Shah Afridi Career & Stats:
|Measures||Shaheen ODI Stats||Afridi’s T20IStats||Test Stats|
Shaheen Shah’s Cricket Career:
|ODIs Career||Test Stats||T20Is Stats|
|Total Matches||28 (Innings: 27)||17 (Innings: 26)||52 (Innings: 41)|
|Afridi’s Best Bowling||6/35||6/51||3/20|
4. Fawad Alam
Left Handed Batsman and Part-time bowler Fawad Alam is one of the best Pakistani cricketers. Even though he wasn’t selected in the Test Squad for ten years, he never got disappointed and performed brilliant scoring displays in Domestic Cricket. After a gap of 10 years, he was again called for the National Test Squad against Sri Lanka. His Comeback in Cricket is furnished with Centuries and Match Winning Performances.
When Fawad Tahrir Alam was not picked for International Eleven, he started his acting career and appeared in Serials Ghar Damad & Khudkash Muhabbat.
Fawad Alam’s ODIs, T20Is and Tests Ranking & Ratings:
|Measures||Fawad ODI Stats||Fawad Alam’s T20Is Career||Test Stats|
Alam’s Cricket Career:
|ODIs Career||Test Stats||T20Is Stats|
|Total Matches||38 (Innings: 36)||13 (Innings: 22)||24 (Innings: 17)|
|Highest Score||114 in PAK vs SL||168 in PAK vs SL||28 in PAK vs ENG|
5. Shoaib Malik (All-Rounder)
Right Handed Batter & Right Arm Spinner Shoaib Malik is one of the Senior Players in the National Cricket Team. Malik has been playing cricket since 1999. He has played the Last ICC T20 World Cup 2021 at the age of 39. Shoaib Malik Captained Team Pakistan from 2007 to 2009, and then stepped down. Malik is the first Pakistani to score 10,000+ scores in T20 Cricket. Shoaib Mailk is the Player who has played the most number of T20 International Matches.
Shoaib Malik’s Cricket Career:
|ODIs Career||Test Stats||T20Is Stats|
|Total Matches||287 (Innings: 257)||35 (Innings: 60)||124 (Innings: 111)|
|Malik’s Highest Score||143 in PAK vs IND||245 in PAK vs ENG||75 in PAK vs ENG|
6. Fakhar Zaman
Pakistan Navy’s Marine Sailor Fakhar Zaman is the Highest Individual ODI Scorer of Pakistan. Lahore Qalandar’s Produced Fakhar is the First Pakistani to score a Double Century. Zaman also scored 193 vs. South Africa while chasing, which is the highest individual score by any cricketer in chasing the Target.
Fakhar Zaman has played all three formats for Pakistan. He is famous for scoring a remarkable match-winning century against arch-rival India in the Finals of the Champions Trophy. Here are Fakhar’s Career Stats and Rankings:
Fakhar’s ODIs, T20Is, and Tests Ranking & Ratings:
|Measures||Fakhar’s ODI Stats||Zaman’s T20I Stats||Test Stats|
Fakhar Zaman Cricket Career:
|Fakhar’s ODIs Career||Test Stats||T20I stats|
|Total Matches||53 (Innings: 53)||3 (Innings: 6)||61 (Innings: 55)|
|Highest Score||210* in PAK vs SA||94 in PAK vs AUS||91 in PAK vs AUS|
7. IMAD WASEEM (All-Rounder)
Left Handed Batsman and Left Arm Off-Break Bowler Imad Wasim are one of the best Pakistani All-Rounders. He remained the Top-ranked T20 Allrounder in the World. All-Rounder Imad Wasim is Captain of Karachi Kings, the Biggest Franchise of PSL. He captained the Karachi Kings while Shahid Afridi & Skipper of the National Team Babar Azam also played under his captaincy.
Waseem is one of the finest Off Break bowlers. He is famous for fast deliveries without swing, which is difficult for batters to play. Wasim has represented Pakistan in Limited Overs Matches. Here is Imad Wasim’s Career Stats;
Imad Wasim’s Cricket Career & Stats:
|Measures||Imad’s ODI All Rounding||Imad’s T20 Bowling Ranking||Imad’s T20I Allrounding Stats|
Waseem’s Cricket Career:
|ODIs Career||T20I stats|
|Total Matches||55 (Batting Innings 40 & Bowling Innings 53)||58 (Batting Innings: 37 Bowling Innings 57)|
|Imad’s Best Figures||5/14
63* in Pak vs ENG
47 in PAK vs SL
|Imad’s Bowling Economy||4.88||6.33|
|Wasim’s Batting Average||42.86||13.03|
8. SARFRAZ AHMED
Hafiz Sarfraz Ahmed is the Former Captain of Pakistan’s National Team in All Formats of Cricket. Sarfraz made Pakistan win two ICC titles under his captaincy. His career has flourished with ICC Champions Trophy (2017) and ICC Under 19 World Cup Ahmed remained one of the successful captains of Pakistan, and while he was Captain, Pakistan won 17 T20I matches in the streak.
Sarfraz Ahmed is Captaining the Quetta Gladiators team in the Pakistan Super League. Under his captaincy, Quetta twice made it to the finals and stood winner of the Tournament once. Here is Srafraz Ahmed’ Career Stats:
Sarfraz Ahmed’s ODIs, T20Is, and Tests Ranking & Ratings:
|Measures||Sarfraz’s ODI Stats||T20Is Stats||Test Stats|
Captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s Cricket Career:
|Sarfraz’s ODIs Career||Test Stats||T20Is Stats|
|Total Matches||117 (Innings: 91)||49 (Innings: 86)||61 (Innings: 42)|
|Sarfraz’s Highest Score||105 in PAK vs ENG||112 in PAK vs NZ||89* in PAK vs SCO|
9. AZHAR ALI
Test Cricketer Azhar Ali is a Right Handed Pakistani Batter who is included in the list of very few Cricketers who have scored Triple Century in Test Cricket. Azhar Ali captained the Pakistan Team in Tests and ODIs. Ali also led the Lahore Qalandars Squad in the maiden PSL Season. Although Azhar Ali is a Specialist Pksitani Batter for Test Format, he has 18 Centuries in Test Matches and 3 Centuries in One Day Internationals. Given are Azhar Ali’s Batting Stats:
Azhar ODIs, T20Is, and Tests Ranking & Ratings:
|Measures||Azhar Ali’s ODI Stats||Azhar Ali’s Test Stats|
|Azhar Ali’s ICC Ranking||–||21|
Azhar’s Cricket Career:
|Rizwan’s ODIs Career||Test Stats|
|Total Matches||53||89 (Innings: 166)|
|Azhar Ali’s Highest Score||115 in PAK vs AUS||302 in PAK vs WI|
10. MUHAMMAD HAFEEZ (All-Rounder)
Right Handed Spinner and Batter, Muhammad Hafeez is a specialist Pakistani cricketer in Limited Overs. Hafeez has scored over 10,000 Scores in T20I+ODI+Tests. Allrounder Muhammad Hafeez has been in the eyes of ICC for Bowling Action (Later, ICC declared his action legal), but his bowling is amazingly superb; he is a sign of danger for left-handed batters. Muhammad Hafeez’s Career is full of ups and downs, he captained the National T20 team, and under his captaincy, Pakistan reached the Semi-Finals of ICC T20 Cup 2012-13.
Muhammad Hafeez’s Career & Stats:
|Measures||Imad’s ODI Allroudning Stats||Afridi’s T20IStats||Test Stats|
Mohd. Hafeez’s Cricket Career:
|ODIs Career||T20I stats||Test Stats|
|Total Matches||218 (Batting Innings 40 & Bowling Innings 177)||119 (Batting Innings: 108 & Bowling Innings: 79)||55 (Batting Innings: 105 & Bowling Innings: 77)|
|Hafeez’s Total Wickets||139||61||53|
|Hafeez’s Best Figures||4/41 in PAK vs SL
140* in Pak vs SL
99* in PAK vs NZ
|4/16 in PAK vs SA
224 in PAK vs BAN
|Mohad. Hafeez’s Batting Average||32.90||22.75||37.64|