Pakistan left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir may have fallen down the pecking order as far as selection for the national side is concerned, but he still continues to remain a potent force in franchise T20 cricket.
Tanvir was Pakistan’s pace-bowling spearhead in the inaugural T20 World Cup. He then proceeded to made heads turn in IPL 2008, when he registered figures of 6-14 against the Chennai Super Kings. He held the record for the best figures by a bowler in IPL history for a better part of 11 years before Alzarri Joseph broke the same in 2019.
Sohail Tanvir has bowled to a plethora of great batsmen during his career but according to him, South African legend AB de Villiers is the most difficult batsman he has ever bowled against.
“I found bowling to AB de Villiers the toughest bowler to bowl against. He was Mr. 360 and he would smack you all over the ground. You couldn’t make a strategy against him because he could play anywhere you bowled. If I have to choose one, AB was a batsman you had to think the most against while bowling.” Sohail Tanvir told Cricket Pakistan.
As far as Test cricket is concerned, Sohail Tanvir picked Babar Azam over Virat Kohli as someone who has found tough bowling against.
“As far as red-ball cricket or playing in the powerplay is concerned I would say that it is very difficult to bowl to Babar Azam. I have bowled some against Virat Kohli in his early days,” he said.
Sohail Tanvir last played for Pakistan in a T20I against the West Indies back in 2017 but he is still harboring hopes of finishing his career on a high by participating in the upcoming T20 World Cups.
“My personal target was the upcoming World Cups. I am still hopeful and there is still time. There is a lot of cricket coming up. I have been playing throughout the world in terms of T20s. I am number five in the world and number one in Pakistan [in terms of wickets]. As far as age factor goes, we have players such as Wahab Riaz and Sohail Khan. I am not saying they shouldn’t be there. I am just pointing out that I am in the same age group. I am a big fan of merit-based cricket,” Sohail Tanvir added.