Raza’s flying high with the bat…hits maiden century in Bangladesh

Sports Review Writer

Zimbabwean national cricket team all rounder Sikandar Raza continues to be on song after he recently hit a century in the Dhaka Premier League.

Raza who is turning out for Shinepukur Cricket Club in Dhaka Premier League Pro50 league , reached a ton in just under 93 balls in a losing effort against defending champions Abahani Limited.

The batting effort featured equal doses of both exquisite and aggressive shots as he hit eight boundaries and seven sixes.

His strike rate of 105.5 % bears testament to the level of of aggressive cricket that he was playing.

Raza was eventually caught out for 107 of 93 balls.

In the bowling department, he took two wickets at the expense of 41 wickets in his allocated 10 overs.

Sikandar Raza’s back story isn’t that of your everyday international cricketer.

He is not a teenage prodigy, nor is he someone who had a burning ambition to play cricket as a professional sport.

He journeyed through from his adolescence to adulthood and stumbled upon the sport he sometimes played as a child, only to discover he is quite good at it.

Born in Sialkot in the northeast of Pakistan, Sikandar had told his parents when he was 11 years old that he wanted to be a fighter pilot. He wrote the exam that got him into Air Force college.

He was one of 60 to have won a place among 60,000 applicants. But in his third year, he failed an eye test. He was told that 7 out of 10 people have the problem in normal life, but for him a dream was shattered.

Not dissuaded, Sikandar got admitted to Glasgow Caledonian University, where he picked up cricket as a semi-professional.

He moved to Zimbabwe, where his parents had resided since 2002, and he made his first-class debut in 2007. He made one half-century in nine innings before completing his studies and returning to full-time cricket in the 2010-11 season.

He had a more fruitful time, scoring 625 runs at an average of 41.

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