About - Saeed Ajmal - The Spin Maestro
ODI: Debut- July 2, 2008
Saeed Ajmal played his first International match for Pakistan on July 2, 2008 in an Asia cup match, in Karachi, against arch rivals India. He took his first international wicket in the same match.
Soon afterwards his ODI cap in 2009,SaeedAjmal spun the Australians around in the ODI series in the UAE. He took 4 wickets in 5 matches but gave away very few runs.
Just when he was beginning to pick up pace the spinster was called for his action but was cleared shortly afterwards by the ICC.
Today Ajmal has 99 ODI wickets to his name while commanding an economy rate of 4.18.
Test: International Debut- July 4, 2009
Saeed Ajmal’s first International Test came at the age of almost 32 when he was summoned to play Sri Lanka at Galle on July 4, 2009.He immediately showed that he is the master of spin in both formats of the game by taking 5 wickets in his debut Test.
Saeed Ajmal has had an amazing run since 2011. Since 2011 he has displayed perfect control over his bowling variations. With 50 wickets in just 8 matches he was crowned the leading wicket taker in Tests in 2011. However, his best series yet has been Pakistan’s tour of England in early 2012 where he demolished the English batting line by taking 24 wickets in three games at an average of 14.70.
Today Saeed Ajmal has an aggregate of 122 wickets with an amazing economy rate of 2.65.
T20I: Debut- May 7, 2009
Saeed Ajmal has also cemented his position in Pakistan’s T20I team. Soon after his debut against Australia in Dubai on May 7, 2009, he was instrumental in taking Pakistan to the 2009 World Twenty20 title.He ended the tournament as the joint secondhighest wickettaker, with an excellent economy rate.
Currently he has 54 T20I wickets to his name with an economy rate of 6.17.
Unlike some other bowlers Saeed Ajmal does not have a knack for batting. However, he does have a single test century to his name.
Strengths and weaknesses
Saeed Ajmal is considered to be a very dangerous bowler because his ‘doosra’ is very difficult to pick. This is because he generally bowls his off-spinners and his doosra’s from almost the same line, i.e. on or just outside off, which is unlike most other off-spinners whose line changes when they bowl the doosra.