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Mohammad Zahid (cricketer, born 1976)

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Mohammad Zahid (born August 2, 1976 in Punjab) is a Pakistani cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast bowler. Zahid is the first Pakistani cricketer to take ten wickets on his debut, scoring an eleven-wicket two-innings haul against New Zealand.

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Career

Having suffered a back injury and subsequently having to go through back surgery halfway through his career, he continued to play until January 2003. Zahid's last Test was against South Africa which saw a record first-wicket partnership by the South Africans of 368 runs, shared between Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs.

He took 11 wickets in his debut test against New Zealand, which included figures of 7 for 66 in the second innings. He became the only Pakistani to have taken 10 wickets or more on his debut. Besides this, he bowled an exceptional over to Brian Lara (West Indies), who was then the premier batsman of the world: Lara played and missed the first three deliveries due to the sheer pace that Zahid generated, before edging the fourth ball for a caught behind. This performance caught the eyes of the cricketing pundits.

Fastest bowler debate

Mohammad Zahid was noted for his pace from an early age and after his encounter with Brian Lara, Zahid was described by the left-handed batsmen as the fastest bowler in the world. The lack of speed cameras and Zahid's short career span before serious back injury has curtailed much of the initial hype over his pace as many fans, pundits and players wonder what actual speeds were reached by his bowling.

Zahid's career began within short proximity of fellow Pakistani paceman Shoaib Akhtar who later went on to record the fastest ever recorded delivery in cricket in the 2003 World Cup. In a recent interview on a chat show with Rameez Raja, Shoaib Akhtar accepted that Mohammad Zahid was yards quicker than him when he was bowling in 1997 and after that Shoaib picked up more pace than Zahid, once again fuelling the debate of the speed of Mohammad Zahid and if he may have been one of the fastest bowlers of all time.

Injury

He picked up a back injury in the tour to Sri Lanka and after his back operation could not make his return to the world of cricket. He did come back for a short stint in the series against South Africa in 1998 but had lost his pace considerably and subsequently his line & length, eventually he was dropped from the Pakistan team.

Current

Zahid plays club cricket for Alder Cricket Club in West Derby, Liverpool in the Liverpool & District Cricket Competition. In the 2014 season he played for Whiston parish church Cricket Club in the south Yorkshire Cricket league.

References

Mohammad Zahid (cricketer, born 1976) Wikipedia


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