A lanky left-arm pacer, Shapoor Zadran’s early cricketing days had started in Peshawar. He later moved to Afghanistan after being picked in the top 25 during the Afghan team trials. Thanks to his towering frame and the pace he generates, Zadran extracts enough bounce from the pitch to unsettle any batsman. Like many other fast bowlers who had grown up in Pakistan, that land of a seemingly infinite supply of fast bowlers, Shapoor Zadran had looked up to stars like Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar. In his early years, he was tutored by Kabir Khan. Zadran made his ODI debut against the Netherlands in 2009 and was impressed with a four for 24.
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Name: Shapoor Zadran
DOB: July 8, 1987
Place Of Birth: Logar Province, Afghanistan
Marital Status: N/A
ODI Debut: Vs Netherlands, VRA Cricket Ground, August 2009
T20I Debut: Vs Ireland, P Sara Oval, February 2010
Test Debut: N/A
Shapoor Zadran: Career Highlights
Don’t make Shapoor Zadran angry. You won’t like him when he’s angry. Well over six feet tall, with flowing jet black hair and a piercing gaze, Shapoor’s run-up begins most of the way to the boundary, and he’s built a name for himself with pace, bounce and aggression as a left-arm seamer. As an out-and-out fast bowler there is, of course, always a hostile element to his bowling and as Shapoor explains it: “I am angry every time I bowl. A bowler has to be angry so that his reaction can carry over to the batsmen, who get unsettled and end up making a mistake.”
Shapoor Zadran was born in the Logar Province, Afghanistan, but he escaped to Peshawar, Pakistan when war enveloped the region like many in his generation. He developed his game at the Arbab Niaz Stadium and Gymkhana and started playing hard-ball cricket in 2001. He initially hoped to play for Pakistan, naming Shoaib Akhtar as his fast-bowling idol. Still, when Iqbal Sikander, who played a handful of ODIs for Pakistan, started coaching in Afghanistan, Shapoor moved back there.
Afghanistan played their second T20 World Cup in 2012. They faced India in their first match. With India batting first, Shapoor Zadran picked both the Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. This was the performance that made him famous in cricketing fraternity and certainly the Indian contingent. He was the only bowler from Afghanistan to reach the double-digit wickets mark in the 2015 World Cup. But one of his stand-out moment as a cricketer would be the 2010 T20 WC encounter between Afghanistan and India when he got the better of both Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.
Afghanistan, Afghanistan Under-19s, Badureliya Sports Club, Mis Ainak Region
Shapoor Zadran: Stats
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