Moeen Ali Biography
Moeen Ali is an English all round cricketer, who was born on June 18, 1987 in Birmingham, England. He is a left-handed batsman and a right arm off break bowler. He was named as the one of the Cricketers of the Year in 2015 in Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.
Ali came into the limelight when he was just 15 years old after he scored runs for Warwickshire Second XI. Ali made his first-class debut against Cambridge University in 2005 and got selected in the national squad for the 2006 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He was the captain of his team and scored three half centuries and took seven wickets.
After playing for Warwickshire, he moved to Worcestershire in 2009. He hit his highest first-class score of 250 for them against Glamorgan. In the 2013 season, he scored 1375 runs, which included four centuries and eight half centuries. Besides that, he also took 28 wickets and was named as PCA Player of the Year.
After the retirement of Graeme Swann, Ali was called up to take his place as a spin bowler. He made his debut in an ODI series against West Indies in 2014, where he scored 44 runs and took one wicket. He was also a part of the 2014 World Twenty20 squad of England.
Ali made his test debut against Sri Lanka and scored a century in his second match. After that, he became a regular member of the team.
Rise to Glory
In the 2014 India-England series, Ali gave few brilliant bowling figures and eventually England won the series 3-1. In the subsequent series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, he gave good performances with both bat and ball.
His performances earned him a spot in the England team for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. He later became the key part of England lower middle order batting.
He played for Duronto Rajshahi in 2013-14 Bangladesh Premier League season before the team was suspended in the next year.
At the 2018 Indian Premier League auction, Ali was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore at a price of Rs. 1.70 crore.
Moeen Ali won Warwickshire's NBC Denis Compton Award consecutively in 2004 and 2005. Later in 2009, he won Worcestershire’s NBC Denis Compton Award.