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|Born||February 19, 1985|
|Age||36 years 52 days|
|Teams||Pakistan, Lahore Qalandars, Somerset, Team Green, Pakistan A|
|Bat Style||Right Handed Bat|
|Bowl Style||Right-arm legbreak|
|BBI||35 / 2||26 / 2||-||-|
|BBM||49 / 2||26 / 2||-||-|
Azhar Ali became one of the few Pakistani players to make his Test debut before playing an ODI when he got his chance against Australia at Lord’s in July 2010. He played a crucial knock in his very second game where he made a match winning 51 at Leeds as Pakistan successfully chased down a tricky target of 180, with just 3 wickets in hand. With the knock, Azhar retained his place in the squad for the Tests against England the following month. He failed in the first 2 Tests, and despite the return of Mohammad Yousuf, retained his spot for the remaining part of the series. He justified the selection with an unbeaten 92 in the first innings of the third Test at The Oval, which Pakistan went on to win.
His numbers away from home have always been a bone of contention but he has tried to set the record straight in the recent years. He had a torrid period in 2013 as he averaged tad under 20 in the 7 Tests that year to be dropped for the first two Tests against Sri Lanka in early 2014. But a majestic 103 off 137 balls scripted a famous win for Pakistan as they tracked down 302 in 57.3 overs to win a humdinger of a contest at Sharjah to level the 3-match Test series 1-1. Ever since, his averages have been above 50 in the succeeding years. A fighting hundred (139) against England at Birmingham in a lost cause in Aug 2016, a triple ton against West Indies in October, 2016, and a majestic double at the MCG in late 2016, again in a losing cause, have been vindications of Azhar Ali scoring runs all over the world. Year 2017 started off with a couple of hundreds in West Indies against the Caribbean team as well.
His ODI numbers pale in comparison to his Test status as a solid number 3. He did get the captaincy in ODI's after Pakistan failed to make the knock-outs in the 2015 World Cup. Having been in wilderness in the ODI format for a good two years, he was strangely given the captaincy in the shorter format. He tried his hands at captaincy in 31 ODIs and after a 1-4 drubbing at the hands of the Aussies, away from home in early 2017, Azhar was asked to relinquish the job. Sarfraz Ahmed was handed over the charge and Ali also lost his place in the side for the ODIs against West Indies. But he was picked for the Champions Trophy and crucial fifties in the semis and finals against England and India respectively saw Pakistan lifting the Trophy. The way he counter-attacked the spinners in the finale put the Indians off their plans and paved way for a famous win for Pakistan. Post Misbah and Younis Khan's retirement, Azhar Ali has decided to be torch bearer of Pakistan cricket and he has not disappointed yet.
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