Sohail Tanvir is a Pakistani cricketer who was born in Rawalpindi on December 12, 1984. He is a left-arm fast medium bowler who also bats in the lower order. He is a part of the Rawalpindi Rams and Multan Sultans of Pakistan.
In October 2004, Tanvir made his first-class debut for Rawalpindi against Peshawar. In his first match, he took three wickets. He surprised everyone with his 97 runs and three wickets in the second match.
In 2007, he was a part of the Pakistan Academy’s tour to Bangladesh. He was picked for the ODI series against Australia A at home after demonstrating his all-round abilities. His outstanding results drew national selectors’ attention, and he was named as a replacement for Shoaib Akhtar in the inaugural ICC World T20.
In the World T20, he made his debut for Pakistan. In his first match, he took one wicket in four overs against India. In the tournament, he took 6 wickets.
In October 2007, he made his One-Day International debut against South Africa in Lahore, after this tournament. Tanvir took one wicket in the match, giving up 52 runs.
Tanvir made his test debut against India at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi in November 2007. In the match, which India won, he picked up three wickets.
Rise to Glory
Following his ODI debut, he was picked for the India tour, where he took 8 wickets. This was followed by a test series against India, in which he took five wickets in two matches.
Pakistan’s first match was against Hong Kong during the Asia Cup in June 2008. Tanvir and Fawad Alam put up a century stand for the eighth wicket. With his 55-ball 59, he became Pakistan’s first player to cross the century mark. He then picked up his first 5-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in the next match. He finished the ten overs with figures of 5/48.
During this time, he made his IPL debut for the Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural season. At the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, he picked up 6/14 against Chennai Super Kings.
In 2009, he was hospitalised during the ICC T20 World Cup. After missing a year due to a knee injury, he returned to face New Zealand, but was later dropped because selectors claimed he had not completely recovered.
In List A, he represents Rawalpindi Rams, and in the Caribbean Premier League, he represents Guyana Amazon Warriors. Before joining Multan Sultans, he played in the Pakistan Super League for Lahore Qalandars.
He played for Rajasthan Royals in the first edition of the IPL in 2008, earning the Purple Cap for his outstanding performances. In the 2009 County Championships, he also represented Surrey.