Player Profile

Mohammad Nabi
Born January 01, 1985 ( 35 Yrs )
Birth Place Loger, Afghanistan
Known As
Player Role Bowling Allrounder
Player Bat Style Right Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Right-arm offbreak

Career Information - Teams

Afghanistan, Sylhet Royals, Rangpur Riders, Quetta Gladiators, Chittagong Vikings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Comilla Victorians, Melbourne Renegades, Leicestershire, Balkh Legends, Bengal Tigers, Kent, Delhi Bulls, Rangpur Rangers

ICC Rankings

All Rounder


Sylhet Royals, Quetta Gladiators, Sunrises Hyderabad, St.Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Melbourne Renegades et al. Don't be surprised when you find the link between all these teams. Yes, it is Mohammad Nabi. From gully cricket as a 10-year-old to the finest of grounds all over the world. Nabi has conquered most of them.

Afghanistan struggles every day to cope up with life. Cricket like many other countries is not only a form of entertainment but a national hope. A hope of a new dawn. And Nabi has been the torchbearer of it since 2009. He is the complete player that every T20 team wants and thus the demand from varied franchises. You send him up the order, he can drop anchor. You send for the slog overs, he knows how to rip the skin of the ball. The team is in trouble, he veils himself as the glue. As an offie, Nabi can tease you with his loopy ones and wreck you with his quicker darts. As a fielder he is safe as a house.

Be it their first win in World Cups against Scotland in 2015 or their triumph against the eventual champions Windies in the 2016 T20 World Cup, Nabi was there. Even Gayle did the Gangnam dance after Afghanistan's win, Nabi was there. He slips into roles that you want him to. A quintessential all-rounder with supreme abilities.

Rightly so he became the first Afghan cricketer to be picked up by an IPL team. Sunrisers knew they had made a steal by pocketing a priceless asset at 30 lakhs. He might not be as mystique and eye-catching as Rashid Khan, or as flamboyant and dashing as Mohammad Shahzad. He is far from being as sharp as Dawlat or Shapoor Zadran but he is and will remain Afghanistan's guiding light for times to come. His tale on the cricketing field has followed a chronology like none else with elements of drama in it.

On a tour to India in the 2000s, he was noticed by Mike Gatting when he hit a ton against the visiting MCC side. He later went on to play for the MCC, making his first-Class debut with them. Nabi rose to fame when he took 11 wickets in the 2009 ICC World Cricket League Division Three, helping Afghanistan to progress to the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier. After Afghanistan gained ODI status in that tournament, Nabi made 58 in his debut game against Scotland.

In Afghanistan's debut First-Class match during the Intercontinental Cup, Nabi made 102 in their first innings against Zimbabwe XI. In the next year, Nabi made his T20I debut in February 2010 against Ireland. Later that year Nabi was named as the Afghanistan captain for the Asian Games but Nawroz Mangal was restored back to the position soon after the tournament.

Nabi played for the Afghan Cheetahs team which competed in the Faysal Bank T20 Cup in Pakistan in 2011-12. In 2013, Nabi turned up for the Bangladesh Premier League side Sylhet Royals and helped his team reach the semi-finals with some splendid performances. He took 16 wickets in 13 games and was one of the top batsmen in the tournament.

Nabi led Afghanistan's successful campaign in the 2014 Asia Cup when they defeated Bangladesh, their first win over a Test playing nation. Although that was the only victory they achieved in the tournament, the country won many hearts across the world with a gritty show. He was also chosen to lead the side during the 2015 World Cup as well. Since then the Afghanistan juggernaut with Nabi as one of the wheels has gained more pace with them being awarded Test status by the ICC. Expect Nabi to be there as well!

By Kumar Abhisekh Das


TEST debut vs India at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Jun 14, 2018
Last TEST vs Bangladesh at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Sep 05, 2019
ODI debut vs Scotland at Willowmoore Park, Apr 19, 2009
Last ODI vs West Indies at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Nov 11, 2019
T20 debut vs Ireland at P Sara Oval, Feb 01, 2010
Last T20 vs West Indies at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Nov 17, 2019
IPL debut vs Kings XI Punjab at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Apr 17, 2017
Last IPL vs Delhi Capitals at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, May 08, 2019

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 124 113 11 2796 116 27.41 3270 85.5 1 0 15 171 90
T20 74 69 11 1286 89 22.17 878 146.47 0 0 4 80 76
Test 3 6 0 33 24 5.5 68 48.53 0 0 0 4 1
IPL 13 10 1 135 31 15 91 148.35 0 0 0 11 7

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 124 121 5943 4243 130 30/4 30/4 4.28 32.64 45.72 0 0
T20 74 74 1516 1825 69 10/4 10/4 7.22 26.45 21.97 0 0
Test 3 5 546 254 8 36/3 95/4 2.79 31.75 68.25 0 0
IPL 13 13 271 299 11 11/4 11/4 6.62 27.18 24.64 0 0