Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Saeed Ajmal Effective Doosra and Other Varieties Best Spinner In Modern World Cricket

Saeed Ajmal Frequently Uses The Doosra Which Turns The Other Way and He Generally Bowls Flatter Than Most Off Spinners-

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal dominated the first ever annual awards held by the Pakistan cricket board, scooping up four awards, while T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez won the PCB cricketer of the year award.

Saeed, who had a successful tour of India recently, won the PCB best bowler awards for all three formats of the game but missed out on the prestigious cricketer of the year award.

He, however, won a special prize for best bowler of the year from the PCB carrying a cash prize of 1.5 million rupees.

Pakistan started 2012 with a three Test series against England in the United Arab Emirates. Ajmal was named the man of the match for the first Test in Dubai, with match figures of 10 wickets for 97 runs and a career best 7/55 in England's first innings. In the second fixture he dismissed Matt Prior to become the fastest Pakistani bowler to reach 100 wickets in Tests, taking 19 matches to accomplish the feat. The series concluded with Pakistan completing a 3-0 whitewash over England, and Ajmal was named man of the series after claiming 24 wickets at an average of 14.70.

Saeed Ajmal
سعید اجمل
Personal information
Full name Saeed Ajmal
Born 14 October 1977 (age 35)
Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Nickname Saeed Bhai
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Bowler
International information
National side Pakistan
Test debut (cap 195) 4 July 2009 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 3 February 2012 v England
ODI debut (cap 171) 2 July 2008 v India
Last ODI 6 January 2013 against India {{{lastodiyear}}} v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009–present Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd
1996–present Faisalabad
2000–07 Khan Research Laboratories
2001–02 Islamabad
2011 Worcestershire
2012 Dhaka Gladiators
2012–present Adelaide Strikers
2013 Barisal Burners
2005-Present Faisalabad Wolves
2013-present Hampshire
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 23 74 48 112
Runs scored 250 211 63 1,250
Batting average 10.86 8.79 9.00 12.05
100s/50s /1 0/0 0/0 0/3
Top score 50 33 21* 53
Balls bowled 7,481 3,668 1,068 24,854
Wickets 122 117 69 423
Bowling average 27.09 23.27 15.82 26.71
5 wickets in innings 6 2 n/a 27
10 wickets in match 2 n/a n/a 3
Best bowling 7/55 5/24 4/19 7/55
Catches/stumpings 8/– 12/– 6/– 36/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 15 September 2012

Saeed Ajmal (Punjabi, Urdu: سعید اجمل‎; born 14 October 1977) is a Pakistani cricketer. He is a right-arm off-spin bowler who bats right handed. With his effective doosra and other varieties he is also considered as the best spinner in modern world cricket.

Since November 2011, Ajmal has been ranked by the International Cricket Council as the number one bowler in ODIs. He is also ranked number one among bowlers in T20, while his current ICC test bowler ranking is number 3.

On 28 January 2012, in his 20th Test, Ajmal became the quickest Pakistani to take 100 test wickets. Saeed Ajmal also holds the record for taking maximum wickets(69) in Twenty20 International cricket.
Ajmal was signed by Adelaide Strikers as cover for Keiron Pollard, the West Indies allrounder, for 2012-13 edition of the Big Bash League in Australia.

After the controversy and upheaval of 2010, 2011 saw Pakistan become a more consistent team. The year began with the World Cup held between February and April. Pakistan progressed to the semi-final, where they were defeated by India; playing in three of the team's matches, Ajmal took five wickets at an average of 18.60. 

After the World Cup, Pakistan played ten Tests, winning six andlosing a single match; this saw the team win series against Bangladesh, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe and draw with the West Indies. Ajmal finished the year with 50 wickets from 8 Tests.

Bowling style-

A right-arm off spinner, Ajmal's stock delivery turns into right-handed batsman but he also frequently uses the doosra which turns the other way, and he generally bowls flatter than most off spinners. The doosra has been an effective tool for Ajmal as batsmen have often failed to pick it. 

Explaining his bowling style in 2012, Ajmal said "If I bowl with flight I cannot bowl well. If I bowl at a quicker speed I can then use variations in pace. If I take 70% of my wickets with the doosra why should I not bowl it? Whether you bowl a doosra or an offbreak, the ball should be bowled on the right line and one should take a wicket with it."

Offspinner Saeed Ajmal swept four trophies in the Pakistan Cricket Board's first ever awards ceremony on Saturday, 12 January 2013.

Ajmal, who missed out on the International Cricket Council's awards last year, was judged best bowler in tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20s. He also received a special prize for the best bowler of 2012.

Ajmal said on Saturday, "it is out of this world" for him to be named as the best "from such a special group."

Pakistan ODI captain Mohammad Hafeez was named player of the year; Azhar Ali picked as test player of the year and left-handed opening batsman Nasir Jamshed was chosen best ODI batsman.

From -Wikipedia

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