Asghar Afghan Stanikzai first played for Afghanistan at the under-17s level in 2004 and his maiden senior appearance followed in the same year when he lined up against Oman in the Asian Cricket Council Trophy. Five years later, the batsman was part of Afghanistan’s first one-day international team which met Scotland in 2009. Stanikzai has scored four fifties in 35 ODIs since, including a match-winning 90* against Bangladesh in March 2014 which helped Afghanistan to its first win over a Test-playing nation. A part-time medium-fast bowler, Stanikzai has taken two wickets in ODIs. Asghar Afghan has played a key role in the rise of Afghanistan cricket.
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Name: Asghar Afghan
DOB: February 22, 1987
Place Of Birth: Kabul, Afghanistan
Marital Status: N/A
Family: Karim Janat (Brother)
ODI Debut: Vs Scotland, Willowmore Park, April 2009
T20I Debut: Vs Ireland, P Sara Oval, February 2010
Test Debut: Vs India, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, June 2018
Asghar Afghan: Career Highlights
Asghar Stanikzai is a middle-order batsman who represents Afghanistan. He made his international debut in the year 2009 against Scotland in Benoni. In the past few years, his leadership has taken centre stage, and he is touted as one of the best leader Afghanistan cricket has seen. Asghar Afghan made his Test debut as the first captain of the Afghanistan cricket team against India on 14 June 2018. The match ended in just two days with India winning the match by an innings and 262 runs. Asghar Afghan scored 11 runs in the first innings and 25 runs in the second innings in that match.
He was with Afghanistan at their first major global tournament, the World T20 in 2010, and played a vital role in their first win over a Test-playing nation, against Bangladesh in March 2014. In typical style, Stanikzai anchored the innings that day and nudged his way to 37 from 73 balls before hitting a boundary. But he then hit six fours and three sixes, one of which went out of the ground, in the last ten overs and shared in a match-winning 164-run partnership with Samiullah Shenwari. If he can replicate that sort of performance more frequently, Stanikzai has a convenient role to play as Afghanistan’s middle-order glue.
Asghar Afghan Stanikzai has a somewhat tuk-tuk-boom approach to batting, a middle-order batsman, his determined presence at the crease occasionally punctuated with flashes of aggressive strokeplay. In Afghanistan’s early forays into the top level of the international game, his approach was at odds with that of many of his team-mates in the top order, who seemed to play a shot a ball, and Stanikzai’s ability to occupy the crease was an important asset to the side.
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Asghar Afghan: Stats
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