Abdul Razzaq Retires

Abdul Razzaq announced his resignation and we thought we would give him a little tribute.

Abdul Razzaq needs no introduction. He was a right arm fast-medium bowler and a right handed batsman. He made his debut 1996 against Zimbabwe in Gaddafi stadium. His Test debut was three years later in Australia against Australia. He was also a part of the cricket team that bagged the ICC World Twenty20 trophy in 2009. He is remembered as one of the best all rounders Pakistan ever got.

Abdul Razzaq was a great bowler and batsman both. Low-order suited him really well. His batting skills won Pakistan many matches. His strokes were great. He displayed strong skills driving strokes via cover and mid-off from both front and back foot. Block and blast were his two gears. He also displayed patience when needed. His career was not all that smooth. He went through a slump between 2002 and 2004. At that time the team quit did not know how to best utilize him. So, his spot was not particularly under threat, but there was surely a lot of uncertainty and that reflected in his performance. He did try and recover though, to some extent at least, if not completely. Unfortunately, he was missing in the 2007 World Cup because of his knee injury.

A below average performance in his comeback match with Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi and his below the mark performance in practice matches led Abdul Razzaq to elimination from the 15-man team in the Twnty20 World Championship. Soon afterwards Abdul Razzaq decided to retire from international cricket. He then signed up for Worcestershire and the Indian Cricket League. He also took back his retirement decision but played for ICL for two seasons. He was one of the star performers for the Hyderabad Heroes. After leaving ICL, he joined Pakistan again for the World Twenty20 in England. He played well and Pakistan won the championship. He was also a part of the 15-man team for the Sri Lanka tour in June.

Abdul Razzaq is one of the 53 players who have gotten both of 1,000 Test runs and 100 Test Wickets. This is indeed a very big achievement. At the age of 20, he became the youngest bowler to achieve a hat-trick against Sri Lanka in 2000. He has done batting at every position.  He also holds the record, along with Nasir Jamshed, for the highest 3rd wicket partnership in T20s. He gave many match winning performances for the team and was awarded man of the match 16 times in ODIs.

It can be said without doubt that he was one of the best all-rounders Pakistan ever got.