Cricket's 2010 Top Performances by Pakistani players

kamran MehmoodContributor IDecember 31, 2010

Abdul Razzaq turned out to be a prolific consistent finisher this year
Abdul Razzaq turned out to be a prolific consistent finisher this yearRichard Heathcote/Getty Images

10. Muhammad Amir’s record 5-wicket maiden over in T20 cricket

Although Pakistan lost this group match of ICC world T20 against Australia, Muhammad Amir’s spectacular last over of Australia’s innings made some history. Not only he did not concede a single run in the final over at a score of 191 but also grabbed three important wickets. He was also able to beat the batsman twice which resulted in two run outs by the keeper, thus making it a historic five wicket maiden over. He ended up with the figures of 3/23 in four overs

9. Wahab Riaz’s 5-wicket haul on test debut

While 2-nil down in the four match test series and with the injury of Umar Gul,the Pakistani's were in all sorts of bother. England were sniffing another imposing win over the lackluster Pakistan side but they soon found themselves wobbling at 94 for 7 at day one of the Oval test primarily because of a five-for by Wahab Riaz, who was playing his first test match. Pakistan went on to win the test match and remained alive in the series due to his first day heroics with figures of 5 for 63.

8. Abdul Razzaq’s late onslaught at Lord’s

While batting first in a must win game to level the five match One day series against England, Pakistan’s batting order only managed  a below average score of 210 in 45 overs with seven wickets down and it seemed as if 230 would be the final score, but Abdur Razzaq had different intentions. He smashed Andersen and Bresnan for 21 runs each in the last two overs to take Pakistan’s total to a fighting 265/7. Razzaq scored 44 not out in 20 balls with 8 boundaries and a six. Pakistan went on to win the match to level the series 2-all.

7. New Year’s fireworks by Razzaq

Being 2-nill down in three match T20 series against New Zealand, Pakistan was playing for pride to end a dismal 2010 year for them at international cricket and haven’t they restored the pride in some style? After having a rare good start by the top order, razzaq finished the innings with three sixes and three fours in his 11-ball knock of blistering 34 not out to set up a steep target for the hosts. He followed his innings with three quick wickets to end the year on a high note for Pakistan.

6. Muhammad Amir’s Special at The Oval

With 194 for the loss of just three wickets, England were on course to set up a tricky forth inning target for Pakistan’s fragile batting line up which would have sealed the series for them, but the 18-year-old Amir had other ideas. In the course of just a few overs, Englishmen were bowled out for 222, losing last seven wickets for just 28 runs. Amir grabbed five wickets for 52 and got the man of the match award after Pakistan successfully chased down the target with a few hiccups.

5. Umar Akmal’s counter-attack at Birmingham

Umar Akmal arrived at the crease when the scorecard showed 47/4 in eight overs against Australia in first T20 match at Birmingham. He took on the fierce Australian attack with his powerful hitting and turned the match in Pakistan’s favor by making 64 runs off just 31 balls with seven fours and three sixes. Pakistan made 167 in 20 overs and won by 23 runs.

4. Abdul Razzaq Stuns England

Pakistan were one down in 2-match T20 series in Dubai against England and things were not looking good for them at 78/5 in 13 overs while chasing 149. Razzaq turned the match on his head while making a staggering 46 not out on just 18 balls with five mighty sixes to level the series.

3. Chokers fell down to strong Umar Akmal

In a must win match to stay in the T20 competition, Pakistan were in deep trouble at 18/3 in five overs against South Africa. That didn't stop younger Akmal to rise to the occasion and impose a respectable total of 148 runs on the board after making 51 from just 33 balls along with four maximums. Pakistan won by 11 runs and reached the semi-finals.

2. Umar Gul on Fire

Pakistanis were down and out in tests, T20’s and first 2 Odi’s along with spot-fixing controversy on their tour to England. To make it worse, England were cruising with 201/5 in their chase to 242 runs with 12 overs to go until Umar Gul stood up and demolished the English batsmen. He took six wickets for 42 and bowled out England for 218 which created some hopes for Pakistan in the series.


1.  Desert Storm by Razzaq

Arguably the innings of the decade, played by Abdul Razzaq in Abu Dhabi against South Africa where he snatched an unbelievable victory out of the hands of South Africans. Pakistanis were off the track at 136/5 in 30 overs while chasing 287. Razzaq kept losing partners at the other end and finally he was left alone to do all the work. He made 109 not out on just 72 balls with 10 humongous sixes. It was one of the best displays of clean hitting. Pakistan won by one wicket with just one ball remaining and it was an absolute Abdul Razzaq's Special.