Faiz Fazal will hope to get into the ODI playing XI against Zimbabwe. Photo Courtesy: Faiz Fazal on Twitter
Faiz Fazal will hope to get into the ODI playing XI against Zimbabwe. Photo Courtesy: Faiz Fazal on Twitter

Faiz Fazal was the surprise pick for Team India for the tour of Zimbabwe 2016. Not many know about this stylish left-hander from Vidarbha, but he played a key role in ensuring that his side topped Group A of the Ranji Trophy 2015-16, above teams such as Delhi, Bengal and Karnataka. Vidarbha, however, crashed out in the quarter-final against a determined Saurashtra. Fazal does not have a particularly good T20 record to boast about, but he is most likely to be a part of the playing XI in the One-Day International (ODI) series against Zimbabwe. Here are some of the interesting facts about the left-hander. READ: India announce squad for Zimbabwe tour

Scored a century for India A against India B in Deodhar Trophy Final 2016: Fazal, along with Murali Vijay, helped India A put up 286 on the board. A clinical bowling performance from the India A bowlers helped their side romp home by a comfortable 87-run margin.

Scored 127 in the Irani Cup final 2016 in a record run chase: Fazal once again turned up in a big match as he scored a vital hundred that set up a record run-chase in the Irani Cup final 2016. Fazal was playing for Rest of India (ROI) against Ranji Trophy 2015-16 champion, Mumbai. His century set up the chase beautifully as ROI won the match by four wickets. It was the highest-ever successful chase in an Irani Cup match.

Scored 151 on First-Class debut: Fazal announced himself with a well-made 151 on his First-Class and Ranji Trophy debut in 2003. His innings helped Vidarbha win the match by an innings and 112 runs.

Vice-captain of Vidarbha: The 30-year-old is also the vice-captain of the Vidarbha team in the domestic circuit. The team is currently led by Subramaniam Badrinath.

Unsold in the IPL 2016 auction: With a base price of Rs. 10 lakhs, Fazal went unsold in the IPL 2016 auction.

IPL career: Fazal has played 12 matches overall for Rajasthan Royals in 2010 and 2011, where he scored 183 runs at 18.30, including a highest score of 45 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).

Here’s the video of his innings against KXIP, where he scored 45, batting at No. 3:

Handy bowler: Fazal is also a handy medium pace bowler and has an economy rate of under 5 in List A.

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)