Sohail Tanvir, back with Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League 2018, and hopes to perform well in every game.
The 33-year-old Sohail Tanvir has been one of the outstanding Twenty20 bowlers and that is beyond doubt. His appearances for Pakistan have been full of ups and downs, blame injuries and inconsistency for it, but he is much better in T20 leagues around the world and is now closing in on 300 appearances overall.
Now back at Guyana, table-toppers after 14 games this season, Tanvir is luring the batsmen with his bagful of tricks and wrong-footed deliveries. Sohail Tanvir played his last international match in April 2017.
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“Since I’ve been playing CPL, I’ve been doing well. I started with St Lucia, then St Kitts, and now two years with Guyana. My performance kept improving as the years went by. Especially the last two years were tremendous where I achieved a lot,” he said in an interview with CPLT20.
“But you can’t take anything for granted. You have to do well every year. You have to keep practicing to get better and better.”
It looks easy when Tanvir destroys the opposition, being a CPL veteran now, “I know which pitch suits which kind of bowling, where the ball will swing, where I need to use my variation. So that is the reason why I do so well.”
In three games this season, Tanvir just has two wickets, but he isn’t unduly worried. He is enjoying himself with his ‘friendly’ teammates and trying to ‘gel in’ again, as he knows a pro must.
It started for him back in 2007, when he turned out against India in the tied (India won the bowl-out) game of the ICC World T20 2007 and returned 1/18. Fame was assured after he destroyed the Chennai Super Kings back in 2008 to take the best bowling figures in the history of the cash-rich t20 league – those are still the seventh best returns in T20 history.
For Pakistan, he has played two Tests, 62 one-day internationals and 57 T20 Internationals, the last of them coming in April 2017.
One can’t be certain if there is any more international cricket left in Tanvir, but in the T20 circuit, he is still a hot property, as he proved with another incredible spell in 2017 edition of the CPL – 4-1-3-5 for Guyana against Barbados Tridents. His wickets: Kane Williamson, Dwayne Smith, Eoin Morgan, Kieron Pollard and Wahab Riaz.
“Going back to that day, as a team, we were struggling, we needed back-to-back wins. It just happened. I was just trying to pitch the ball in the right area and its just the hard work that paid off” he recalls.
“The first over I bowled against Kane Williamson, I think that was the best I have bowled ever. Beating him four times out of six (five) was very unique for me since he is about the best players in the world. That was the time I thought, you know, today is my day. So, yeah, things just happened for me.”
Things have happened for Tanvir, in the CPL and in leagues in Pakistan, England, Bangladesh, a little bit in Australia and India, and in Canada more recently. The wickets have kept coming, only not for the national team, where he had picked a total of 130 wickets after 121 appearances across formats.