Sohail Tanvir Biography
When Sohail Tanvir first burst onto the international scene, the world was baffled by his unique wrong-footed action that had earned him the nickname Pankhaa (Urdu for fan) in Pakistan cricket circles.
Though he does not hail from the classical factory of fast-bowlers, he has nevertheless been very effective in the limited-overs formats with his accurate bowling. Over years, he has honed his skills for numerous Twenty20 sides around the world but has not been a regular for Pakistan.
In 2007, Tanvir was included in the side for the ICC World T20 in South Africa, making his debut against India where he impressed with his control and wicket-taking ability. The tournament also saw him become the first batsman to hit two sixes as his first two scoring shots.
He was immediately ushered into one-day side thereafter and then made his Test debut against India at Delhi. He also bowled a bit of left-arm spin in one of the Tests to add variety to the attack. With the bat, he showed big-hitting prowess and remains an asset in the lower order.
It was during the inaugural IPL that Tanvir became a star. He was the leading wicket-taker in that season and was a part of the victorious Rajasthan Royals side; he also became the first bowler to take a six-wicket haul in Twenty20 cricket.
A year down the line, however, he found himself out of the Pakistan side and had to work his way back before the 2011 World Cup, which he missed due to injury. Tanvir has been a part of the Pakistan limited-overs setup since then and could be considered for the 2015 World Cup.
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