Nasir Jamshed: Six things to know about the Pakistani opener

Born December 6, 1989, Nasir Jamshed is yet another Pakistan batsman with oodles of talent and potential, but a distinct lack of consistency. Shiamak Unwalla lists out six things about the wristy left-hander.


1. Early signs of batting brilliance

Jamshed smashed 61 off 48 balls on One-Day International (ODI) debut against Zimbabwe at Karachi. He followed it up with a 64-ball 74;  56 of the 64 runs came in boundaries.


2. India basher

While most players agree on the immense pressure that an India-Pakistan game brings, Jamshed seems to revel in it. He showed early signs of his love for India’s bowling attack when he scored an 53 off 43 balls before retiring hurt in his first match against India. He followed it up with three successive hundreds against the arch-rivals, notching up scores of 112, 101 not out, and 106. He averages 102 against India after six matches!


3. T20 specialist

When not playing for Pakistan, Jamshed keeps busy playing for a number of T20 leagues around the world. He has turned out for sides such as Lahore Lions, Chittagong Kings, Ruhuna Royals, and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel.


4. Spot-fixing murk

The fact that Jamshed is still an active cricketer is perhaps a tad fortuitous. Though nothing was ever proven and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chose to give him the benefit of the doubt, Jamshed’s name came up in the Bangladesh Premier League spot-fixing controversy along with fellow Pakistani Rana Naved ul-Hasan.


5. Identity crisis

Jamshed’s Twitter handle is @RealJamshed77, and he has 4,273 followers. His description is, “Opening left hand batsmen for Pakistan Cricket Team.” However, there is another Nasir Jamshed on Twitter, whose handle is @NasirJamshed_; This Jamshed has 19.7 thousand followers. His description states, “Pakistan’s slightly rotund, slightly gormless, slightly bitter, top order batsman. Parody.” The latter is a parody account, whose Tweets are highly amusing and subversive, and often in exaggeratedly broken English.


6. Adieu to bachelorhood

Jamshed married Sumera Afzal in September 2014. Their wedding was attended by his teammates Saeed Ajmal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, and Umar Gul, among others.

(Shiamak Unwalla is a proud Whovian and all-round geek who also dabbles in cricket writing as a reporter with CricketCountry. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)