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Usman Khan Shinwari Biography, Age, Height, Personal Life, Facts, PSL, Bowling Speed

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The Leftie quick Usman Khan Shinwari disappeared into thin air after making his first international appearance for Pakistan Cricket Team in T20 against Sri Lanka, back in 2013.  The availability of more of the left arm pacers for Green Shirts pushed Shinwari back from the limelight.

But this time with being nurtured by the PSL franchise, Usman Khan Shinwari is back in the business. After bowling decently in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore against the Hashim Amla’s World XI, this time around destiny was very much in favor of this young man hailing from FATA (Federally Administrated Area). The 23-years old pacer got the place in for Sri Lanka ODIs 2017 after Green Shirts Premier fast bowler Mohammad Amir was ruled out of the series due to injury.

What Usman Khan Shinwari did next is a history…….

Usman Khan Shinwari Biography

Usman Khan Shinwari Age

23 yrs 175 Days

Usman Khan Shinwari Height

6ft 1inches

Usman Khan Shinwari Date of Birth (DOB)

May 1, 1994

Usman Khan Shinwari Birth Place

Khyber Agency

Usman Khan Shinwari Hometown

Landi Kotal, FATA

Usman Khan Early Life

The star hailing from Landi Kotal, FATA had a story to similar to around every of the aspiring cricketer around in Pakistan as his journey kicked off from playing in streets got upgraded to playing in parks. Till long, Shinwari only took cricket for fun with his friends but as soon as he grew up, he decided to get a go at the sports, which is the only passion of youths in Pakistan. Unlike many other stories of cricketers, Usman’s story is way different as we see his father in a supportive role rather than an antagonist, who would ask him to stay away from the cricket and remain more focused on the studies.

Usman Khan Shinwari Father

Usman Khan Shinwari Age, Height, Biography, Personal Life, Facts, PSL, Bowling Speed
Usman Shinwari’s Father Talking to Media.

There was no cousin, brother, or relative, who would have played in some professional capacity. The support in Shinwari’s case came from his father’s side as he readily agreed upon his son’s choice of joining the Islamia Cricket Academy (ICA) in Peshawar and taking cricket as his bread and better. It wasn’t that long waiting for Usman Khan and his family as the leftie quick made a mark for himself in local cricketing circles with his thunder-bolt speed and tiger-like aggression.

Usman Khan Shinwari Islamia Cricket Academy (ICA)

Things took a turn for Usman Khan after he decided to take cricket seriously, and asked his father to join the famous Islamia Cricket Academy (ICA).  His father’s response in this regard was very much opposed to those of the typical parent as he backed Usman’s decision of playing cricket at this level with getting nurtured under the observation of top coaches out there. It will be pertinent to mention here that Usman’s pace and natural swing already made him popular among his friends and people from the nearby area.

Usman while recalling those days told that at the when he joined ICA, every of the local boy around wanted to be part of the academy. The best thing about the academy was the competitive environment provided by the coaches like Wajahatullah Wasti and Qazi Shaifq. It will be relevant to mention here that Wajahatullah Wasti himself has played for the Green Shirts and now he’s quite famous for digging the talent from the grass-root level.

Usman Khan Shinwari Under-19 Cricket

Unlike many other aspiring cricketers, Usman Khan Shinwari didn’t play Under-16 at district or region level. Under-19 was the real beginning for this speed gun hailing from FATA. After arriving in the ICA, Shinwari worked on his stock deliveries and the natural swing, which always stayed along with him since his childhood. Under the leadership of such brilliant coaches, it came to no surprise as he got in for the Abbottabad Region Under-19 side.  The young and aggressive paceman worth each bit and responded back superbly with his record-breaking first season with Abbottabad. It should be kept noted here after getting enrolled in the academy, the first season of his under-19 came when he was 17-years old. It is quite unlikely in the Pakistani scenarios as aspiring cricketers are very much vibrant in the cricketing scene from 12 to 13 years of their age and have experience of under-16 and under-17 before proving their mettle in under 19s.

Usman Khan Shinwari Pakistan Under-19’s

Unfortunately, Usman Khan Shinwari couldn’t catch up the eye of under-19 selectors. Even though he was roped in for Pakistan under-19s training camps and squads but he couldn’t get the required opportunity to show off his skills. It somehow was Under-19’s team loss as after a year or so Shinwari got his way into Pakistan Cricket Team.

Usman Khan Shinwari KRL (Khan Research Laboratories)

His swinging fast deliveries were enough to leave batsmen’s itching their heads in doubt. His first season with the KRL (Khan Research Laboratories) Under-19  was enough for him to grab the limelight as he took 36 wickets and finished the season on top.  This proved to be his first and last season with KRL under-19’s as he got over-age. Following it, he went on playing some matches for the senior KRL team.

Usman Khan Shinwari ZTBL

After playing few matches for the KRL senior team, Shinwari got a move to ZTBL as an agreement between KRL batsman Ali Naqvi and ZTBL coach Wajahutallah Wasti.  The only thing up on Shinwari’s mind was to play first-class cricket, regardless of playing for any specific team. After joining ZTBL, Shinwari never looked back and played across all formats for them after. His performance at Ramadan Cup was the game-changing thing for him as he was successful in making an impact with the performance.

Usman Khan Shinwari Faysal Bank T20 Cup 2013

It was the similar year as of the Ramadan Cup but did wonders for Shinwari as this was something that got him the green signal for Pakistan Cricket Team.  Shinwari’s spellbinding bowling performance at Faysal Bank T20 Cup Final left around every of the Pakistani cricket fans in awe as the 19-years old pacer 5-wickets with giving away just 9 runs in 3.1 overs. Shinwari with his superb performance coming at the finals outshined many prominent stars of Pakistan Cricket Team including the captain Misbah-ul-Haq himself.

Shinwari’s side ZTBL batting first set the target of 184 and in response, Sui Northern were bowled out on 106, with all credits to Usman Khan Shinwari for his heroics with the ball.  This match took place in Lahore on Dec 3, 2013, was enough to make a call-up for the young rising star to Pakistan Cricket Team.

Usman Khan Shinwari T20I Debut against Sri Lanka in 2013

Days after his brilliance in Faysal Bank T20 Cup 2013 Finals, Shinwari got his long-standing desire fulfilled as he got call-up into Pakistan Cricket Team and finally got the chance to shine in Green colors on Dec 11, 2013, against Sri Lanka in 1st T20I of the series.

Unexpectedly, Shinwari wasn’t given enough chance to bowl and was removed from the attack after bowling an over. The over Shinwari bowled cost around 9 runs and that wasn’t that bad for a newbie to begin with.

In 2nd T20I of the series, Shinwari was given complete chance to show off his skills with bowling his quota of 4-years but what happened that day was one of the worst things to happen to the rising star of 19-years of age.  On that day, December 13, 2013, young Shinwari was smashed by the Sri Lankan batsmen all across the ground, which made him go for 52 runs in his 4-overs and that too without taking any wicket.

The hasty cricket fans even questioned Usman’s selection to the national team and many of them announced not another chance for the budding bowler. In other words, we can say that the start of the career, turned out to be the end of the career for the star bowler hailing from FATA.

Usman Khan Shinwari Out of the Team

His performance in the second T20I against Sri Lanka got him out of the team but he wasn’t still done and told the critics that he’ll soon be back in the business.  At that time, responding the critics, haters, and trollers, Shinwari said, “I just didn’t read the change in conditions effectively. However, my confidence is not affected and it is not the end for me. In fact, I am feeling more confident after gaining international exposure.”

“I was selected on merit after my performance in domestic cricket. I was completely ready to perform and it was only my misfortune that I failed to deliver on my first chance.” Shinwari told.

“I am not dejected with the failure and will work hard to earn my place in the national team again. There is a lot of domestic cricket nowadays and I will try to impress the selectors again,” the young pacer further added.

Usman Khan Shinwari PSL

His consistency with the ball at domestic cricket circles remained there right at the spot and this made him remain on the radar for the selectors and for the PSL franchises.  Shinwari was picked up by the Karachi Kings, which gave him some time to work with the national team coach Mickey Arthur, who was also the coach of this PSL franchise. Arthur brought this young man in confidence and was very pleased to see his raw pace with the natural tendency to heavily swing the ball. Usman played 6 games for Kings in the PSL and took the equal number of wickets. Other than his stats at PSL, he proved himself as a batter disciplined bowler.

Usman Khan Shinwari Comeback

Usman Khan got an opportunity to show off his skills in front of his countrymen as during the World XI’s tour to Pakistan he got 2 matches to play.  Shinwari bowled well but couldn’t go up with something extraordinary as he could only manage one wicket during those two outings.

Usman Khan Shinwari named in ODI Squad for Sri Lanka Series

It was destiny that played well in Shinwaris’s favor as he wasn’t named for the ODI series but later ingot in as a substitute after the premier fast bowler Mohammad Amir got himself injured.

As there were enough bowlers in form to carry on with Usman couldn’t get any match in the first 3 ODI’s of the 5-match series. Usman got in the playing XI for the 4th ODI and he was quick to react as he dismissed Sri Lankan skipper Tharanga in his very first over. But later on, he struggled due to weather or some other conditions and gave up over in the mid.  The hasty conclusions came in as people said that Usman wasn’t fit enough to get a place in the side but he responded well with taking a stunner with a diving effort. He later came on to bowl some overs but couldn’t get more of this match.

Usman Khan Shinwari vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI

The leftie quick created history with his brilliant spell as he struck his 5-wicket haul from his first 21 balls. Within all this he made Sri Lanka look 8 for 4 at one stage. His brilliant bowling made him star overnight and the cricketing world had all praises for him.  Shinwari ended up grabbing Man of the Match for his heroics and alarmed other world class left quickie like Starc, Boult, and Amir.

Interesting Facts about Usman Khan Shinwari

  • Usman Khan Shinwari’s ideal is none other than Sultan of Swing, Wasim Akram.
  • At one stage rumors were there that Usman Khan Shinwari will play for Afghanistan rather than Pakistan. He declined such rumors and told that he’s only focused to play for the Green Shirts.
  • He bowled Misbah-ul-Haq on a duck on Faysal Bank T20 Cup 2013 Final and the Kaptan in response asked selectors to get him in the team.
  • Usman Khan Shinwari made his first-class debut in 17-years of age and made his debut in Pakistan Cricket team in 19-years of age.

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