Pakistan is known for producing some of the best and fastest pace bowlers in world cricket and is never short of it. They have also produced some great spinners who have imparted their impact as well. Hence, in general, Pakistan has had a history of producing some outstanding bowlers, and today we shall see some of those who proved their mettle as soon as they were brought on to the international stage.
1. Mohammad Zahid
Mohammad Zahid was a right-arm fast medium bowler from Punjab who made his Test match debut in 1996 against New Zealand at Rawalpindi. Zahid picked up a total of 11 wickets in his debut match, which included a 7-wicket haul in the second innings. His figures of 7 for 66 are the sixth best figures for a bowler in a Test match debut.
2. Mohammad Nazir
Mohammad Nazir, a right-arm off-break bowler hailing from Rawalpindi, Punjab, is the next to feature on the list. Nazir began his Test career in 1969 against New Zealand at Karachi. He bowled 30.1 overs and took 7 wickets for 99 runs in his first innings in a Test match. In all, he played in 14 Test matches and picked up 34 wickets.
3. Bilal Asif
Bilal Asif was a right-arm off-break bowler from Sialkot, Punjab. In October 2018, Bilal made his Test debut against Australia at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. In his very first innings, he took six wickets for 36 runs against an experienced and seasoned Australian batting line-up. He played five Test matches for Pakistan and picked up 16 wickets.
4. Arif Butt
Next, we have Arif Butt, a right-arm fast medium bowler from Lahore, Punjab. This fast bowler from Lahore started his test career in 1964 when he first played against Australia at Melbourne. He registered an impressive figure of 6 for 89 in his first innings as a Test match bowler.
5. Tanvir Ahmed
Tanvir Ahmed was a right-arm fast medium bowler who was born in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Tanvir played his first test match in 2010 against South Africa at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. He picked up six wickets for 120 runs in the first innings. During his career, he played in five Test matches, picking up 17 wickets.
6. Shahid Nazir
Shahid Nazir was a right-arm fast-medium bowler from Faisalabad, Punjab. Shahid came into the national side with loads of success and experience in first class cricket. He made his test debut in 1996 against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura and took 5 wickets for 52 runs in his first innings and also got a couple of wickets under his name in the second innings.
7. Mohammad Sami
Mohammad Sami, the right-arm fast bowler from Karachi, Sind, is next on the list. Sami is listed as one of the fastest bowlers in cricket history. He played his first Test match in 2001 against New Zealand at Eden Park. In his debut, he took three wickets, which was then followed by a brilliant five-wicket haul in the second innings, taking his tally to eight wickets in the match.
8. Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz is another of the fast bowlers to feature on the list. Wahab was an aggressive and fiery left-arm bowler from Lahore, Punjab. In 2010, he made his Test match debut against England at Kennington Oval. He took five wickets for 63 runs in his first innings on the international stage.
9. Shabbir Ahmed
Shabbir Ahmed is a former right-arm fast medium bowler from Khanewal, Punjab. Shabbir was first seen donning the Pakistan jersey in the longest format of the game in 2003 against Bangladesh in Karachi. He took three wickets in his first innings and a five-wicket haul in the second innings. His total of eight wickets in the match ripped apart the Bangladeshi batting line-up.
10. Nauman Ali
Nauman Ali is a slow left-arm orthodox bowler from Sanghar, Sind. Ali first represented Pakistan in Test cricket in 2021 against South Africa in Karachi. He got under his belt a couple of wickets in the first innings and then a brilliant five-wicket haul in the second innings, giving away just 35 runs.