Player Profile

Wahab Riaz
Born June 28, 1985 ( 34 Yrs )
Birth Place Lahore, Punjab
Known As Vicky
Player Role Bowler
Player Bat Style Right Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Left-arm fast

Career Information - Teams

Pakistan, Kent, Ruhuna Royals, Pakistan All Star XI, Chittagong Kings, Lahore Lions, Surrey, Rangpur Riders, Peshawar Zalmi, Essex, Barbados Tridents, Benoni Zalmi, Kowloon Cantons, Derbyshire, Pakistan A, Kandahar Knights, Northern Warriors, Comilla Victorians, Brampton Wolves, Cape Town Blitz, Dhaka Platoon

ICC Rankings

All Rounder


\"One of the fastest spells I have seen in a long time\", this is what Michael Clarke had to say during the post-match presentation on Wahab Riaz after his onslaught with the ball against Shane Watson in the quarterfinals of the 2015 World Cup. Defending 213, Wahab forced Warner into a fatal upper cut and bounced Clarke into submission forcing his creaking back to arc back further. Watson though saw the brutality of a Pakistan fast bowler who exploded with bouncers hurled at 150 km/hr. This certainly was one of the highlights during the World Cup Down Under.

The big stage and owning it is no big deal for Wahab. During the 2011 World Cup, Riaz had scalped a fifer in the semifinals against arch-rivals India to give Pakistan a more than sniffing chance for the final. But a batting mishap, so common for Pakistan in big games, cost them the game. But Wahab was in the limelight. Pakistan had lost Amir and Asif a year earlier to fixing. But Wahab's arrival showcased the Pakistani speedster coffers are replete with quality and quantity.

But the 2015 magnus opus over from Wahab to Watson made him a first choice selection in almost every format. There were murmurs of him being the next skipper as Misbah hung his boots post the World Cup. However, since then, one thing for sure was Wahab and a magic round the corner with the red or white ball hasn't been looked upon as a surprise or shock. It is just a Wahab thing! Uninhibited, raw, quick and extremely harmful to the fate of a batsman.

Wahab's trysts with serious cricket began in early 2000s as he made his first-class debut in the 2001-02 season. But the national selectors picked him for the ODI side in 2008. And after the magical fifer against India in the 2011 semi-finals, one of his balls, a toe-crushing yorker swirling in to beat the defences of Yuvraj Singh will remain a career highlight for the man from Lahore. As a lower order batsman, he is highly under-rated but is never shy to have a stomach for a fight with the willow in his hands. A stronger and fitter Wahab in years to come will keep the batsman on the back foot for sure!

World Cup through the years:

Wahab Riaz was not initially part of Pakistan's 2019 World Cup squad but a combination of poor performances from his fellow fast bowlers and his incredible past record in the World Cup has earned him a place through the backdoor. Wahab has managed to take his game to another level at the biggest stage in cricket. Against India, in a high-voltage semifinal, Wahab was picked ahead of Shoaib Akhtar and he left no stone unturned in justifying team management's trust. He got the older ball to reverse viciously, removed Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, and MS Dhoni and ended up with a stellar five-wicket haul. But unfortunately, that performance wasn't enough for his side as Pakistan failed to chase down the target.

His next knockout match in the World Cup was against Australia four years later in Adelaide. And Wahab Riaz produced one of the fiercest spells in World Cup's history to make it a memorable day for cricket aficionados. For a period of around 40 minutes, he literally bullied Shane Watson with his thunderbolts. Watson would have feared for his life at one point but he battled hard, got through that tough phase and took Australia over the finishing line. In the 2019 World Cup he will be looking to stamp his authority again.

By Kumar Abhisekh Das


TEST debut vs England at Kennington Oval, Aug 18, 2010
Last TEST vs Australia at Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Oct 07, 2018
ODI debut vs Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura Stadium, Feb 02, 2008
Last ODI vs Sri Lanka at National Stadium, Oct 02, 2019
T20 debut vs Bangladesh at National Stadium, Apr 20, 2008
Last T20 vs Australia at Manuka Oval, Nov 05, 2019

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 89 64 15 680 54 13.88 787 86.4 0 0 2 51 27
T20 31 17 6 145 30 13.18 118 122.88 0 0 0 10 6
Test 27 41 5 306 39 8.5 727 42.09 0 0 0 32 5
IPL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 89 88 4209 4011 115 46/5 46/5 5.72 34.88 36.6 1 0
T20 31 30 609 813 30 18/3 18/3 8.01 27.1 20.3 0 0
Test 27 49 5018 2864 83 63/5 134/7 3.42 34.51 60.46 2 0
IPL 0 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0