Anwar Ali is a Pakistani cricketer who has represented Pakistan in ODIs and T20s. He was born on 25 November 1987 in Karachi, Pakistan. Primarily a bowler, he is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler.
Anwar started his professional cricket career playing for Colne Cricket Club in Lancashire, England, in the Lancashire League.
His match winning performance in the 2006 Under-19 Cricket World Cup final helped Pakistan defeat India and clinch the trophy. He took five wickets for 35 runs and was awarded the Man of the Match award.
Anwar Ali made his International debut for Pakistan in a T20 match against Zimbabwe on 12 October 2008. He didn’t make a breakthrough in his debut match but took 4 wickets in his next two matches.
He played his ODI debut match against South Africa on 24 November 2013. Remaining not out on 43, he also picked up two wickets, helping Pakistan win by 23 runs. He was named the Man of the Match for his all-round performance.
Rise to Glory
In a T20 game against Sri Lanka on August 2015, he went berserk and smashed 46 runs off just 17 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes. Pakistan were down and out at 40/5, chasing a target of 173 when Shahid Afridi and Ali combined to wreak havoc on Sri Lanka and guided Pakistan to an improbable victory.
He also took a wicket in that game and was named the Man of the Match.
Anwar plays for Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League. Because of his all-round abilities, he was picked by the Rangpur Riders franchise in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Stats and Records
In the 22 ODIs he has played until now, Anwar has taken 18 wickets and scored 321 runs. In T20 internationals, he has taken 10 wickets and scored 109 runs with a strike rate of 141.56 in 16 games.
Anwar Ali became the 9th Pakistani cricketer to receive the Man of the Match award on his ODI debut match.