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The Pakistani bowler used to dance on one of his kind balls to veteran teams like Australia and England. He had achieved a lot in a short period of time.
The age of 30 is probably the retirement age from international cricket. But a Pakistani cricketer made his debut in international cricket at the age of 30. His name is Saeed Ajmal and today is his birthday. The former Pakistan spinner was famous for his second ball. The same ball took him to the top rank, and so did Ban.
Saeed Ajmal made his international debut against India in the 2008 Asia Cup. He took just one wicket in the first match. Then in 2009, however, he played well against Australia and his special delivery, the second ball, helped the Australian team run away. He took 13 wickets in the 2009 T20 World Cup that year. On the strength of his performance, Pakistan won the tournament.
He made his Test debut in a three-match series against Sri Lanka just months after winning the T20 World Cup. This time too he took 14 wickets. He thus became Pakistan’s leading bowler in all three forms of cricket. In 2011, he took 18 wickets against Sri Lanka in the UAE and 24 against England, causing panic everywhere.
In 2011, Saeed Ajmal became the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket. He took 50 wickets in eight matches. So he also got into the ICC rankings. Saeed, who is in the top 10 in all three formats, has taken 178 wickets in 35 Tests, 184 in 113 ODIs and 85 wickets in 64 T20 matches. It is noteworthy that the great cricketer Sachin was dismissed by Saeed in his last match.
In 2014, Saeed Ajmal’s bowling action was again investigated. This time he was banned because he was wrong. Saeed then made improvements and returned in 2017 with the help of Saqlain Mushtaq. But by then his magic had waned and he retired after playing only 3 matches.