Shadab Khan is a Pakistani cricketer who represents his country in all forms of the game. He was born in Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan, on October 4, 1998. Shadab is an all-rounder who specialises in leg-break bowling.
Shadab bowls in a non-aggressive way, relying on his cunning to elude the batsman rather than aiming after the ball. His bowling consists of wide-angle deliveries that have the potential to fly as well as the ability to bowl on a flat surface.
Shadab moved to Rawalpindi when he was 12 years old and soon developed himself as a frequent member of his school’s cricket team. Later, he enrolled in the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, where he trained under former Pakistani greats such as Mushtaq Ahmed and Abdul Qadir.
He appeared to be improving slowly, and he was predicted to be picked for the U-19 World Cup in 2016. Despite Pakistan’s departure, Abdul continued to shine, finishing the tournament with the most wickets.
At a young age, he was picked for the national team. Rawalpindi Rams, K-Electric, Khulna Titans, Brisbane Heat, Islamabad United, Pakistan Under-19s, and Trinbago Knight Riders are among the teams he has played for.
Shadab Khan made his senior international debut against the West Indies in a T20 international on March 26, 2017. He shocked all by taking three wickets in four overs while allowing just seven runs.
Shadab then made his One-Day International debut against the West Indies on 7 April 2017, taking two wickets for 52 runs in nine overs.
On the same West Indies tour, Shadab Khan was granted a test cap on April 30, 2017. In what turned out to be a disaster for Pakistan, he took a wicket and made 16 runs in the first innings. Shadab has yet to take another exam.
Rise to Glory
Shadab Khan was a fast learner who accelerated his growth. His talent created a massive stir on the world scene, and he was picked at the tender age of 18. Shadab started his international career in T20Is and went on to have a promising ODI career.
Shadab’s international debut was his best in a T20I so far, and he also became Pakistan’s youngest ever cricketer to take four wickets on debut. His success in the first game and subsequent games won him a spot in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy-winning squad in 2017.
Shadab has also proven to be a reliable batsman for Pakistan, scoring his maiden half-century against Sri Lanka on October 16, 2017. This half-century was part of a strong 109-run partnership with Babar Azam, which helped Pakistan win by 32 runs over Sri Lanka.
Shadab made headlines when he was named Player of the Series during the West Indies tour. In four matches, he had a total of ten wickets.
Shadab Khan played his first domestic match for Islamabad in the 2016 Pakistan Cup. He went on to play his T20 matches for Rawalpindi, before signing for the Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League. Shadab’s performances earned him a contract for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League.