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4-4-0-2… A bowler who has bowled all four maiden overs in T20I, will show his talent in the World Cup also.


New Delhi. Although cricket has always been considered a ‘batsman’s game’, but since the advent of T20 format, the problems faced by bowlers have increased further. It has become common to score 200+ runs at an average of 10 runs per over or more in a 20-20 overs match. The final of India’s cricket league, IPL 2024, is to be played on May 26, but till the beginning of the month of May itself, more than 30 scores of 200 or more runs have been made in the tournament. The dominance of the batsmen can be understood from the fact that so far in this season of the tournament, more than 900 sixes and more than 1500 fours have been hit. Since spectators reach the stadium only to watch fours and sixes, the cricket body is forced to make rules ‘favouring’ the batsmen. Many times in T20 cricket, the bowlers are ‘washed’ to such an extent that they lose confidence.

Amidst this dominance of bat over ball, throwing an over maiden in T20 cricket is also no less than an achievement. Amidst this ‘show’ of batsmen, there is one bowler who has bowled maidens in all four of his overs in a T20 International match. This important achievement is recorded in the name of Canadian left-arm spin bowler Saad Bin Zafar. On November 14, 2021, in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Americas Region Qualifier match at Coolidge, Antigua, Saad took 2 wickets without conceding any runs in a spell of four overs against Panama (Canada Vs Panama).

After completing the quota of four overs saad bin zafar The bowling analysis was 4-4-0-2. The Canadian team won the match by a huge margin of 208 runs. After winning the toss and batting first, Canada scored 245 runs losing one wicket in 20 overs with the help of Ryan Pathan’s unbeaten 107 runs and after this, Panama’s team was bowled out for 37 runs in 17.2 overs. Despite Saad’s memorable bowling performance, Ryan Pathan, who scored a century, was the player of the match.

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Will captain Canada in T20 World Cup

Saad, the only bowler to bowl all four maiden overs in T20I, will also be seen playing in the T20 World Cup 2024 to be held in the month of June. The Canadian team is participating in the tournament for the first time and Saad is its captain. Canada has been placed in Group A in the tournament along with America, India, Pakistan and Ireland. The inaugural match is to be played between Canada and America on June 1. The Canadian team includes many players of Indian and Pakistani origin.

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Saad bin Zafar was born in Gujranwala, Pakistan.
As an all-rounder, Saad has so far played 12 ODIs and 38 T20 matches for Canada. Saad, born in November 1986 in Gujranwala city of Pakistan, apart from scoring 136 runs in ODI at an average of 17.00, has also taken 16 wickets at an average of 30.37. This 37-year-old cricketer has scored 821 runs in T20I at an average of 22.66 and has taken 43 wickets in bowling at an average of 19.09 (strike rate 17.8 and economy 6.41). 3 wickets for 8 runs is his best performance in T20I.

Saad reached Canada from Pakistan. He started playing for the Canadian national team in 2015 but the team lost its One Day International (ODI) status after just a year. However, the situation changed last year when the Canadian team regained this status by winning the World Cup qualifying match in Zimbabwe. Saad said, ‘It was my dream to play in the T20 World Cup. It is finally coming true. Going as a captain is very special. Of the 15 players of the Canadian team selected for the T20 World Cup, five are from the city of Brampton, which is called the cricket capital of Canada.

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Runs were scored in the T20I innings at a strike rate of 414.28.

Saad also bats aggressively in the lower order. The third highest strike rate in an innings of T20I is recorded in his name. In the match against Bahrain in November 2022, he scored unbeaten 29 runs (strike rate 414.28) with the help of four fours and two sixes in just 7 balls. He had equaled the strike rate of West Indies’ Dwayne Smith against Bangladesh in September 2007. Like Saad, Dwayne Smith had also scored 29 runs in 7 balls with the help of four sixes and one four at a strike rate of 414.28. In terms of highest strike rate in an innings of T20I, Deependra Singh Airey of Nepal is at first place (strike rate 520.00) and Harry Brook of England (strike rate 442.85) is at second place. Deependra played an unbeaten inning of 52 runs (8 sixes) in 10 balls against Mongolia and Brook played a explosive inning of 31 unbeaten runs (one four and four sixes) in seven balls against West Indies.

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Akshay Karnewar has also bowled all four maiden overs in T20.
Saad is the only bowler to bowl all four maiden overs of his quota in T20 International. However, India’s Akshay Karnewar has also achieved this feat in T20 (not International). While playing for Vidarbha in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match against Manipur, he took two wickets while keeping all four overs of his quota maiden. This match, held in Mangalagiri on 8 November 2021, was won by the Vidarbha team by a huge margin of 167 runs. Let us tell you, Akshay is a special player, he is adept at spin bowling with both right and left hands and has also taken wickets by doing so in many matches.

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