Wahab Riaz is a Pakistani pacer who was born on 28 June 1985 in Lahore. His height is 6ft 2in, and he is a left-arm fast bowler. Wahab’s average pace is 90 mph, and the fastest delivery he ever bowled is 96 miles per hour.
He has represented Pakistan in 27 Test matches, 91 ODIs, and 36 T20s. Wahab Riaz played his first ODI for Pakistan on 2 February 2008 against Zimbabwe. On 20 April 2008 against Bangladesh, he played his first t20.
Wahab’s significant performance was against India at the 2011 Cricket World Cup, where he took five wickets. He came into the team to replace Shoaib Akhtar, and after some good performances, he became a permanent player of Pakistan’s team.
Wahab Riaz, a left-handed fast bowler for Pakistan who had been sidelined due to injury, has been appointed as the temporary Sports Minister for the province of Punjab in January 2023.
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Wahab Riaz PSL Career
Wahab Riaz’s PSL career is exceptional so far. He is the first bowler to take 100 wickets in PSL history. He joined the Yellow Strom in PSL 2016.
Wahab is one of those players who haven’t moved to another franchise since the start. If you see the list of PSL bowling records, you will find Wahab right on the top.
Wahab Riaz PSL Team
- Peshawar Zalmi (2016 – 2023)
Wahab Riaz is on the list of one of those PSL players who are in the Platinum category. In PSL 2016, Peshawar bought him for $140,000.
Wahab Riaz was appointed as Captain of Peshawar Zalmi in 2020. In the last season of PSL 8, he represented Peshawar Zalmi under Babar Azam’s Captaincy.
Wahab Riaz Bowling Stats in PSL
Wahab Riaz is the leading wicket-taker of the PSL league (2016-2023). So far, he has played 87 matches and has taken 113 wickets. His bowling average is 22.68.
His best bowling performance was against Islamabad United in PSL 2016, where he took 4 wickets and gave 17 runs in his 4 overs spell.
Wahab’s bowling economy rate is 7.79 which is perfect for T20. It is very difficult to bowl in T20 because every batsman aims to hit you hard. The bowling strike rate of Wahab Riaz is 17.46 and only a single time he has taken four wickets haul.
Wahab’s bowling performance in PSL is just exceptional. He won several matches for this team with his great bowling and captaincy.
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His worst performance in Pakistan Super League is 54 runs in 4 overs and he got 2 wickets. This was against Quetta Gladiators in PSL 6.
Wahab Riaz has taken 24 catches in the 87 matches of his PSL career. He is a good hitter as well and on many occasions, he hit long sixes as well to help his team to set a good total.
Wahab Riaz in PSL 8 (2023)
Wahab Riaz was part of Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 8 in 2023. He played under the captaincy of Babar Azam. He took 10 wickets in 11 matches and gave 370 runs. His best bowling figure in this season was 3 wickets for 17 runs.
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