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Pakistan Cricket has seen many star all-rounders which include Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Waseem Akram, and Azhar Mehmood. Here we are talking about an all-rounder who is from Rawalpindi and he is one of the best T20 bowlers who also played for Pakistan. His name is Sohail Tanvir who is famous for his awkward bowling action. Sohail Tanvir has played 2 Tests, 62 ODI’s and 57 T20I’s for Pakistan. He was the part of team Pakistan in the inaugural T20 world cup which was played in South Africa. Sohail Tanvir also played the 2009 T20 world cup which was won by Pakistan.
In his recent interview with Green Team when he was asked about his selection in the T20I team of Pakistan he said:
“It was dream since from my childhood to play cricket for Pakistan”
He further added that he was playing a series against Australia A where he took 4 wickets for 40 runs. When he came to know that a fighting incident happened between Muhammad Asif and Shoaib Akhtar. PCB called Shoaib Akhtar back to home. Sohail Tanvir narrates the moment when he was considered as a replacement of Akhter.
“Our coach Aqib Javed told us that PCB is thinking to send replacement, I was sitting in my room and I switched on TV and I saw the tickers were playing that PCB is planning to send replacement of Shoaib Akhtar to South Africa”
Mohammad Sami and Sohail Tanvir were under consideration but Mohammad Sami was not selected due to fitness issues.
“I called my mother and told her that please pray for my selection, I was sitting with my friend Najam in the room suddenly we heard a telephone ring. Najam picked the call and the caller asked him about me. Mansoor from PCB was on the call he told me about my selection in the team”.
Sohail went to South Africa to play the T20 world cup. He performed really very well and picked important wickets against top sides of the world. Unfortunately, Pakistan was unable to win that world cup due to an unlucky shot in the final. He played a home series against South Africa where he bowled very well. He was selected in the team who played a series in India back in 2007. He was the part of the ODI team but he was not selected in the test team. Fortunately, Umar Gul got injured and Sohail Tanvir was selected in the test team as well. But after that, he never got a chance to play Test cricket. The inaugural season of IPL was played in 2008 and he was selected in Rajasthan Royals.
“I received a call from team manager and he told that Shane Warne asked him to stay back at home we will call you if we need you, Then I received a call from team owner and he said to me that you should be there and I got my ticket to go to India.”
Sohail Tanvir traveled to India for IPL and won a purple cap as he was the highest wicket-taker of that season. After this, Sohail Tanvir became a regular part of the Pakistan team. While talking about his injury he said that
“Unfortunately, I got injured when I was at the peak of my career, I always performed well and I was never dropped due to my poor performance. I got man of the series award against Sri Lanka in 2012. I did not get much chances to play for Pakistan”
Sohail Tanvir then never became a regular part of the team. He almost played each and every T20 league of the world. He is the highest wicket-taker of CPL where he got 63 wickets in 4 games.
“My ever-best bowling was in Sri Lankan premier league where I had great control over my bowling.”
When he was asked about playing for four different franchises in PSL he replied that
“It’s difficult to share a different dressing room after every PSL season. But I am happy because I almost played against every player, I want to serve for my country and I have 2 to 3 years of cricket left in me”.
We Thank Sohail Tanvir for giving time to Green Team
You can watch the interview by following the link:
- Interview by: Shahzaib Ali & Sohail Khan
- Report by: Syed Waqas
- Edited by: Faizan Hayat Khan