Sikandar Raza is an all-rounder cricketer from Zimbabwe, he is a right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm off-spin. Raza’s ability to contribute equally with ball and bat has put him among the top all-rounders in the world. Born in Pakistan, Sikandar Raza plays international cricket for the team Zimbabwe. He came to Zimbabwe in 2002 and started playing cricket again from there and in 2013, Sikandar made his debut for Zimbabwe in all three formats.
Raza has been performing brightly with bat and ball for Zimbabwe for quite some time now. But he got the real limelight in the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup when he impressed everyone with his performance on the big stage. After this, Punjab Kings included Sikandar Raza in their team in the mini-auction of IPL 2023 at the base price of 50 lakhs.
Sikandar Raza was born on 24 April 1986 in Sialkot city of Punjab province of Pakistan. His father’s name is Tasadak Hussain he has a business of motor parts. Raza has a brother named Taimur Raza Butt. Raza studied at the Pakistan Air Force Public School Lower Topa for 3 years, and after exiting Pakistan, Raza earned a bachelor’s degree in software engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland.
In his childhood, when Sikandar lived in Pakistan, he did not have much interest in cricket. When he was nine or ten years old, he told his parents about joining the Air Force. Raza had also cleared the entrance exam by working hard to join the Air Force. But due to some problem with his eyesight, his dream of becoming an air force pilot could not be fulfilled.
Sikandar Raza Bio
|Full Name||Sikandar Raza Butt|
|International Debut||Test Cricket- 3 September 2013 against Pakistan at Harare Sports Club Ground, Harare (scored 60 runs)|
ODI Cricket- 3 May 2013 against Bangladesh at Queens Sports Club Ground, Bulawayo (scored 3 runs)
T20 Cricket- 13 May 2013 against Bangladesh at Queens Sports Club Ground, Bulawayo (scored 14 runs)
|Jersey Number||24 (Zimbabwe)|
|Bowling Style||Right Arm Off-Spinner|
|Date of Birth (DOB)||24 April 1986 (Thursday)|
|Age (As of 2023)||37 Years|
|School||Pakistan Air Force College, Lower Topa, Pakistan|
|College/University||Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, UK|
|Education Qualification||B.Sc in Computer Science|
|Height (approx.)||180 (in centimeters)|
1.80 (in meters)
5′ 11″ (in feet & inches)
|Weight (approx.)||70 (in kilograms)|
154 lbs (in pounds)
|Body Measurements (approx.)||Chest- 40 Inches|
Biceps- 12 Inches
|Eye Colour||Light Brown|
Family & Wife
|Wife/Spouse||Name Not Known|
|Children||He has two children|
|Father||Tasadaq Hussian Raza (Owns a Business of Motor Parts)|
|Mother||Name Not Known|
|Brother||Taymoor Raza Butt (Younger)|
|Salary/Income (approx.)||INR 50 Lakhs|
|Net Worth (approx.)||INR 37 Crores (As of 2023)|
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How Raza Became the Alexander of Cricket
In the year 2002, Sikandar Raza shifted to Zimbabwe with his family. After Sikandar’s dream of becoming a pilot broke, he wanted to become a commuter engineer, and for this, he graduated from Glasgow University in Scotland. But he was not sure about this career as well, after which he started playing part-time cricket in a club there after taking permission from his family. After this, he came to know about a good cricketer hidden inside him.
After living in Scotland for several years, Raza moved to Zimbabwe to live with his parents. Where he started playing domestic cricket. For this, he joined the Mashonaland Eagles, the cricket franchise there, and in a short time, he played cricket for many teams there.
He was performing brilliantly in domestic cricket, after which the Zimbabwe Cricket Board got an eye on him and he got selected in the team. In 2011, he was selected for the Zimbabwe A team, but at that time there was a problem regarding his citizenship, which was soon resolved.
Sikandar Raza made his One Day International debut on 3rd May 2013 against Bangladesh. He has so far scored 3656 runs in 123 ODI matches at an average of 36.56 and a strike rate of 84.24. Which includes 6 centuries and 20 half-centuries. His highest score is 141 runs. Along with this, Raza has taken 70 wickets in this format at an average of 44.63.
Sikandar Raza has so far scored 1122 runs in 59 T20 Internationals at an average of 21.17 and a strike rate of 127.94. His highest score is 87 runs. Whereas in this format, 5 half-century innings have come out of his bat. In T20 International, he has taken 29 wickets at an average of 30.31.
Talking about Sikandar Raza’s Test statistics, he has scored 1187 runs in 17 matches at an average of 35.96. He has played one century and 8 half-century innings. 127 is his best score. Also took thirty-four wickets at an average of 42.38.
Punjab bought him in the IPL 2023 auction at a base price of 50 lakhs. After which, in the fourth match of this season for the team, by putting in a strong fifty, he turned the match towards Punjab. This is the first season of Sikandar’s career in IPL and so far he has scored 79 runs for Punjab in four matches, while two wickets are also in his name.
Some Interesting Facts About Sikandar Raza
- Born in Sialkot, Pakistan, Sikandar Raza’s dream of becoming a fighter pilot was cut short when he failed his eye test.
- Raza made his first-class debut for Zimbabwe in 2007 and was a member of the Zimbabwe A team until 2012. After this, in 2013, he made his debut for Zimbabwe in all three formats.
- In April 2021, he faced a serious illness scare with a bone marrow infection initially thought to be cancer. However, luckily this did not happen and he made a full recovery and returned to cricket after four months.
- Zimbabwe’s star all-rounder Sikandar Raza is the first player from Zimbabwe to receive the ICC Player of the Month. He scored three centuries while performing brilliantly in August.
- In one of the biggest upsets in the T20 World Cup, Zimbabwe handed Pakistan a thrilling defeat by just 1 run. Zimbabwe’s all-rounder Sikandar Raza, who was the hero of this match, was selected as the player of the match.
- Sikandar Raza has now made the record of becoming the player of the match for the maximum number of times in a year. He has broken the record of two players of India simultaneously.
- Sikandar broke the first record of Suryakumar Yadav who was adjudged player of the match most times in 2022.
- At the same time, Sikandar Raza has also broken the record of Virat Kohli. In 2016, Virat Kohli won the title of Man of the Match for the most i.e. 6 times. But Sikandar Raza has done this feat 7 times in 2022.
- Apart from Indian Premier League, he has also played in many domestic t20 leagues like Pakistan Super League, Lanka Premier League, and Bangladesh Premier League.