Saqlain Mushtaq was born on 29 December 1976in Lahore and he is a British Pakistani cricket coach, YouTuber, and former cricketer who played in Tests and ODIs for Pakistani national cricket team. He is best known for pioneering the “doosra,” a leg break delivery bowled with an off-break action. He held the record for the most wickets in a calendar year in ODIs-69 wickets in 1997. Saqlain selected as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year for 2000. A statistical analysis conducted by Wisden in 2003 revealed Saqlain as the all-time most excellent ODI spinner and the sixth-greatest ODI bowler.
Saqlain Bowling Records in Cricket
Saqlain played 49 Test matches and 169 One Day Internationals for Pakistan between 1995 and 2004. He took 208 Test and 288 ODI wickets were the fastest to reach the milestones of 100, 150, 200 and 250 wickets in ODIs. He take 13 five-wicket hauls and three ten-wicket hauls, and his best performance for an innings was ten wickets for 155 runs. He scored 927 runs with an average of 14.48, including a century and two fifties. His highest score in the format was 101 not out against New Zealand. Until 2016, Saqlain was the fastest bowler in the history of One Day International cricket to take 100 wickets.
Saqlain started his first-class career in 1994–95. In his first season, he took 52 wickets and was selected to play for Pakistan A in a one-day tournament at Dhaka. He got international recognition in 1995, taking seven wickets for the Pakistan cricket board Patron’s Eleven against Sri Lanka. In September 1995, Saqlain made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar. In 1999, the highlight of his Test career came in the away series against India, where he achieved his first ten-wicket haul in a Test match.
In November 1999, when Pakistan toured Australia, he took ten wickets in two Test matches, including six wickets for 46 runs in Hobart. In 2000, in Pakistan’s tour to the West Indies, he was ineffective, taking only six wickets in five innings, which included five for 121 at Kensington Oval. In November 2000, his career-best bowling in an innings came against England in a match in which he took eight wickets for 164 runs in the first innings.
Mushtaq as Spin Consultants
Saqlain Mushtaq was appointed in May 2016 by the ECB as England’s spin consultant for the home series against Pakistan. The ECB decided to use Saqlain’s services to prepare the England team for the Test series against India in October 2016.