Role All-rounder, Left-handed Batsman, Slow left-arm orthodox Bowler
Relation(s) Momina Haris (Spouse)
Haris Sohail Biography
Haris Sohail is a Pakistani cricketer who plies his trade as an all-rounder. He is a left-handed batsman and bowls slow left-arm orthodox. Haris was born on 9th January 1989 and hails from Sialkot, Punjab in Pakistan.
He has played for the Pakistan national cricket team across all formats but mostly features in the One Day International format, having 24 ODI appearances till date.
Unlike most of the all-rounders today who are recognized by their aggressive approach to the game which involves massive ball-hitting and an attacking style of bowling, Haris is a resilient and consistent figure who banks more on patience and perseverance. Playing as a middle-order batsman, he acts as the anchor when the team loses early wickets and allows other batsman to score runs while staying on the crease.
But that is not all he is competent of, as he is more than capable of playing shots of his own, towards the end of the innings.
Not exactly a wicket taker, he is a handy bowler to have on the team. Despite not having much turn on the ball, he eases down the tempo of the play slowing the batting side’s run scoring.
He played for his hometown Sialkot as a youngster. He had something of a dream start to his cricketing career, as he was asked to get on a plane to Karachi and join the senior squad to make his first class debut the next day, after scoring a century in the final of an Under-19 tournament against Rawalpindi in 2007.
He made his debut in the third ODI of Pakistan’s tour of West Indies on 19 July 2013. He put a decent, unassuming performance. He tried to build up a partnership with captain Misbah-ul-Haq when the top order batsman failed to settle.
He allowed Misbah to do his thing, while he gave his support to the captain. Eventually, he too fell scoring a modest 26 from 37 balls. The match was tied after both the sides finished with 229 from 50 overs.
Not much was asked from him in the next two matches, but he did what he was told as Pakistan won both the matches comfortably.
His T20 debut came during the same tour. He scored just one runs in the debut match.
Rise to Glory
As unassuming as the role, he plays, he rarely ever comes under the spotlight. However, in the first ODI of New Zealand’s tour of United Arab Emirates in December 2014, Pakistan looked to be heading towards a heavy defeat as the top order crumbled for cheap runs, Haris held on and stayed on the crease.
Building up a partnership with veteran Shahid Afridi, he guided his team to a thrilling win with a cool, unbeaten 85 from 109 balls. He was duly awarded the Player of the Match for his efforts.
After the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup campaign, he played in five games scoring 4 fifties in the process. However, he was deemed not good enough and was dropped from the squad for a good two years. He was only called back after Umar Akmal failed fitness tests.