Mohamed Farveez Maharoof Biography
Farveez Maharoof is a Sri Lankan cricketer, born 7th September 1984 in Colombo. He is primarily a right-handed fast medium bowler and a decent right-handed batsman.
Maharoof was the first Lankan to scalp four wickets in the cricket world cup when he took 4 for 23 against Bermuda in 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup opener. He is currently slated to play for Kathmandu Kings XI in Nepal’s Everest Premier League.
Starting his career as a wicket-keeper, Farveez Maharoof pursued fast-bowling career after taking six wickets in a match. After representing Sri Lankan Under-15 and Under-17 team, he led Sri Lanka U-19 team in four tours including a tri-series in India in 2003-04.
In the 2004 ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup, Maharoof led from the front, scalping 14 wickets in 6 matches at 16.64, and a well-made 56 with the willow against Australia.
The all-rounder had a dream debut against Zimbabwe in April 2004 at Harare as his spell wore a splendid look at 3-1-3-3. He finished the two-match series with 5 wickets.
Ten days later, Maharoof took 2 wickets and scored 40 runs in his test debut against the same opposition at Harare.
He remained wicket-less and scored 4 runs in his T20I debut against England in Southampton in June 2006.
Rise to Glory
In the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy, Maharoof took 4 wickets in 2 matches under seamer-friendly conditions. He proved his all-round calibre scalping six wickets in three matches and scoring 96 runs with an unbeaten 69.
He seconded the highest wicket-taker list with 12 wickets in six matches at 15.83 in the 2006 Champions Trophy, including an astonishing spell of six for 14.
The Lankan dismissed Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar and Zaheer Khan in consecutive deliveries to complete a hat-trick against India in 2010 Asia Cup in Dambulla.
The all-rounder could never reap his ODI success in the test. His test-career went to the nadir when he could only take a wicket in three tests in England. Except for one four-wicket haul against Pakistan in Colombo, Maharoof did not have any significant performance.
Maharoof could hardly raise his performance against tough competitors in ODI and could never seal his spot in the Lanka team. He was axed from the ODI team following a disastrous patch during 2008-09. He played only 17 ODI’s from June 2010 to June 2016.