Taufeeq Umar Biography
Taufeeq Umar is a Pakistani cricket player who was born on June 20, 1981 in Lahore, Pakistan. He is a left-handed batsman and a right handed off break bowler. He usually plays as an opening batsman for his team.
Taufeeq Umar started playing domestic cricket for Habib Bank Limited and in 1996, he played alongside a future Test Cricketer in the World U-15 Championship. He reached close to century in that tournament and his impressive shots brought him into the limelight in his country.
As he progressed through domestic tournaments, his game improved and he represented Pakistan in tests at just 20.
Taufeeq made his Test debut in 2001 Asian Championship against Bangladesh. He scored a century in that match, helping Pakistan win the match. He scored a fifty in the match that followed and became a regular opener for his team.
Rise to Glory
In 2003, Taufeeq was reaching good heights and made 135 runs in the second Test against South Africa in 2003, which was more than half of his team total. Although the match was won by the rival team but he continued to impress with his performance. He went on to score back to back half centuries and some impressive centuries as well in the matches that followed.
He even scored a double century in October, 2011 against Sri Lanka which made him the seventh opener to do so for Pakistan. In ODIs, he hasn't performed well against the big teams.
All his one-day half centuries came against Zimbabwe, a lower ranked team.
Taufeeq lost his form after the 2003 South Africa series and since then struggled to hit a fifty. Though his performance was steady, yet he was replaced by youngsters after some time. He made a return in 2014, but couldn't prove himself, owing to age factors and changed circumstances.
Taufeeq played club cricket after he was dropped from the national team. He played in the Indian Cricket League for two different teams, Lahore Badshahs and Mumbai Champs.
Taufeeq Umar is one of the few players to have a century in their debut test to their names. He also became the first opener to score a double century after 20 years in 2013.