Ibrahim Zadran is an Afghanistani cricketer who has made headlines for his performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup.
Ibrahim Zadran was born on Wednesday, 12 December 2001 (age 22 years; as of 2023) in Khost, Afghanistan. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
He became interested in cricket after watching his uncle, Noor Ali Zadran, score a fifty against India in the 2010 T20I World Cup held in West Indies. He trained at his uncle’s cricket academy at his 2000 sq. meter family farm in Khost along with his cousins and another Afghanistani player, Mujeeb Ur Rahman. He later became a professional cricketer.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Weight (approx.): 75 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 42″, Waist 32″, Biceps 14″
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information available about his parents and siblings.
Wife & Children
He is unmarried and does not have any children.
He has a cousin named Khalid Khan. His uncle, Noor Ali Zadran, is a retired Afghanistani player.
He is single.
He follows Islam.
Ibrahim Zadran made his List A (one day) debut for the Mis Ainak Region on 11 August 2017 against the Band-e-Amir Region in the Ghazi Amanullah Khan Regional One Day Tournament and scored 32 runs and gave 17 runs in 2 overs without any wickets. He debuted in T20s for the Mis Ainak Region on 12 September 2017 against the Band-e-Amir Region in the Shpageeza Cricket League and conceded 8 runs in one over without any wickets.
He played his first-class match for Band-e-Amir Region on 1 March 2018 against Amo Region in the Alokozay Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament and scored 9 runs and 16 runs in the first and second innings respectively. He has also played for Khost Under-16s, Khost Under-17s, Pamir Stars, Amo Sharks, Band-e-Amir Dragons, Kabul Eagles, and Hindukush Strikers.
Afghanistan Under-16, Under-19 & Under-23
He emerged as the highest runscorer for the Afghanistan Under-19 team with 186 runs during the 2018 Under-19 World Cup and 240 runs in the 2020 Under-19 World Cup. He played for the Afghanistan Under-23 team in the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup.
Ibrahim Zadran made his test debut on 5 September 2019 against Bangladesh in Chittagong, Bangladesh and scored 21 runs in the first innings and 87 runs in the second innings, making his maiden test fifty.
He played his first ODI match on 11 November 2019 against West Indies in Lucknow, India and made 2 runs. On 6 June 2022, he made his maiden ODI century with 121 runs not out against Zimbabwe. He made his first ODI fifty on 2 June 2023 with 98 runs against Sri Lanka.
ODI World Cups
Ibrahim made headlines with his performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup. During the match against Pakistan, he made 87 runs and helped Afghanistan win the match.
During the match against Australia, he scored 129 runs not out and helped his team to post a decent target of 292 runs; however, they lost to Glenn Maxwell’s heroics by scoring a double century with 201 runs not out.
He debuted in T20Is on 14 November 2019 against West Indies in Lucknow, India and scored 2 runs. He made his first T20I half-century on 8 September 2022 against India with a score of 64 runs.
T20I World Cups
Ibrahim Zadran played in the 3 matches in the 2022 T20I World Cup held in Australia and scored 80 runs at an average of 26.67 and a strike rate of 96.39.
He wears jersey number 18 for Afghanistan in the international tournaments.
Afghanistan Premier League (APL)
He played for Nangarhar Leopards in the first season of the APL in September 2018.
Bangladesh Premier League (BPL)
He represented Fortune Barishal in BPL in 8 matches and made 215 runs with the highest score of 52 runs.
Thames Valley Cricket League
Ibrahim played 15 matches for Boyne Hill in the 2021 Thames Valley Cricket League and scored 479 runs.
- First Afghanistani batsman to score an ODI World Cup hundred (In 2023 ODI World Cup against Australia)
- Fastest Afghanistani cricketer to score 1000 ODI runs (In 24 innings in October 2023)
Dedicating MoM award to Afghan refugees
After winning the match against Pakistan in the 2023 ODI World Cup, he was given the Man of the Match award for his knock of 87 runs. During the presentation, he dedicated the award to the Afghani refugees living in Pakistan who had been ordered to go back to Afghanistan which caused rage among the Pakistani people who criticised him for his action and accused him of backstabbing them.
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- His batting style is right-handed, and his bowling style is right-arm medium-fast. He mostly plays as an opener.
- Ibrahim met the Indian legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar before the match against Australia in the 2023 ODI World Cup held in India. Interestingly, he declared before going out to bat that he would play like Sachin Tendulkar. He later scored a century in the match and made 129 runs not out.
- He regularly works out in the gym to maintain his fitness.
- He does swimming as a recovery method from fatigue.