Iqbal Abdulla

Iqbal Abdulla
ind India
All Rounder, Bowler
Nick name
Iqbal Abdulla
Batting style
Left Hand Bat
Bowling style
Left-arm orthodox spin
Current Team
Indian Premier League 2016
December 2, 1989

A left-handed all-rounder who bowls orthodox spin, Iqbal Abdulla has represented Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. His 10 wickets at 13 apiece played an important role in the India U-19 team winning the World Cup in Malaysia in 2008. He is a talented lower middle-order batsman and an athletic fielder. He won the Emerging Player of the Year award for his performance in IPL 2011 when he bagged 16 wickets. Abdullah also won the Man of the Series award while playing for India A during the Emerging Players Tournament in Australia in 2011. Although he got limited opportunities in the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 season, the diminutive bowler captured 11 victims in the must-win match against Gujarat to help Mumbai qualify for the knock-outs. Having spent the previous seasons with the Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, the spinner will be seen in the RCB jersey in Vivo IPL 2016.

A left-arm spinner who can swing his bat in the lower-middle order, Iqbal Abdulla showed promise when he scythed through Haryana with figures if 5 for 10 in his fifth T20 in 2007. He made his first-class debut for Mumbai in 2007-08 and then enhanced his reputation further when he finished as India Under-19s’ leading wicket-taker at the World Cup in Malaysia in 2008. He capped the tournament with ten wickets at an average of 13.

Abdulla’s finest season, however, came in 2010-11. After taking 27 wickets, including two five-wicket hauls at 22.11 apiece in the Ranji Trophy, Abdulla claimed 16 wickets for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2011 IPL, securing the Under-23 player of the tournament award. Abdulla’s impressive run helped take Knight Riders to the Eliminator, but his form tailed off in the following Ranji season, in which he managed only 13 wickets in six matches. He rediscovered his mojo in 2013-14, helping Mumbai sneak into the Ranji quarter-finals with two crucial thirties and 11 wickets against Gujarat in Valsad. He also guided Mumbai into the 2015-16 Ranji quarter-finals with a late cameo.

At the IPL, Abdulla played six seasons for Knight Riders, collecting 33 wickets at 25.48 before moving to Rajasthan Royals, for whom he played only one match in 2014. He was transferred to Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2015 and was bought back by the same franchise at the 2016 player auction.

Indian Premier League 2016


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