Azhar Ali Announces Retirement from One-Day Internationals:
Pakistan Batsman Azhar Ali decided to call it a day from the ODI format of the game in an immediate effect. He didn’t get chance to participate in playing XI since Newzealand tour earlier this year. In presence of Fakhar Zaman and Imam-Ul-Haq at the top of the order has left no room for the experienced players to make a comeback in the Green Colour. The whole nation is in shock after Azhar Ali Retired from One-Day Internationals.
Azhar Made his ODI debut in 2011 against Ireland and represented Pakistan in 53 ODI’s and scored 1845 runs with an average of 36.90. He also Captained Pakistan after the World Cup 2015 when Misbah-Ul-Haq retired. Pakistan lost their way under the captaincy of Azhar Ali and was forced to resign from the post of Captaincy. After Azhar’s resignation, Sarfaraz Ahmed was handed over the role captain of the Pakistan Team. However, Azhar announced his Retirement from ODI cricket in order to give chance to the youngsters.
Azhar Ali Early Life:
Azhar Ali born on 19th February 1985 at Lahore. He is a Pakistani cricketer and a former captain of Pakistan Team. Ali Made his test debut against Australia at Lord’s in 2010. Azhar is a Right-Handed batsman and a part-time leg-break bowler. Azhar is the only player to score Triple Century in Day/Night test match. He scored 302 runs against the West Indies 2016.
Azhar’s Domestic Career:
Azhar has solid techniques and everlasting patience which makes him fix a slot in Pakistan Test team. He bats at no.3 spot in test match which is a very crucial spot to bat on. Ali focussed on his strength and make a way steadily in Pakistan’s domestic since 2006. Since then he started to play as an opener batsman for Khan Research Laboratories, as a result, he scored 2 centuries and two half-centuries in 5 matches.
Ali signed for Somerset on 16th July 2018 for the final seven matches County Championship season. Ali was signed by Somerset as a replacement for injured Australian Batsman Matt Renshaw, as a result, Ali smashed a ton in his debut game for Somerset against Worcestershire.
In PSL, Azhar plays for Lahore Qalandars. In 2016, Lahore Qalandars appointed Azhar as a captain but he fails to score big and managed only 183 runs in 7 games. Later on, in September 2016 Lahore Qalandars announced that Brendon Mccullum to lead the team in PSL 2017 and retained Azhar as a player.
Records and Achievements of Azhar Ali:
- Azhar is the only Player in world cricket to score a century with the white ball, a Double Century with the red ball and a Triple Century with the pink ball.
- Azhar Ali is the 3rd quickest Pakistani player to score 1000 ODI runs compare to Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam.
- He was the First and only Pakistani Captain to score 3 ODI centuries as a captain.
- He scored 611 runs in 10 matches as a captain and was on the top of the list to score so many runs as a captain in the first 10 matches.
- First Pakistani Captain to score a TON in ODI while chasing.
- First Pakistani batsman to score a Double ton in test cricket playing against Australia in Australia.
- Ali is the First visiting opening batsman to score a double ton in a test at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
- Only Pakistani Player to score 2 Double Ton in the same year(2016).
- Fourth quickest Pakistani player to score 5000 test runs and in all on 8th Pakistani player to achieve this feat.
- Ali scored 14 test centuries and 3 ODI centuries.
- He is the 1st ever Centurian, Double Centurian and TripleCenturian in Day/Night test match.