|Syazrul Idrus Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||January 9, 1991|
|Spouse||Zulhijjah Binti Azan|
Syazrul Idrus is a Malaysian professional cricketer who has represented his country primarily in the T20I format of the sport, as a frontline pace bowler. In the Malaysian domestic circuit, he has played for the Malaysian Armed Forces, the Royal Malaysian Air Force, and the Northern Strikers – across formats. Representing Malaysia, Syazrul won 3 ‘Silver’ medals (in the men’s T10, T20, and 50-overs events) at the 2023 edition of the Southeast Asian Games.
Syazrul Ezat Idrus
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
78 kg or 172 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Syazrul has dated –
- Zulhijjah Binti Azan (2015-Present) – Syazrul tied the knot with Malaysian professional squash player Zulhijjah Binti Azan in 2015. She was a part of the Malaysian squad that secured the ‘Silver’ medal at the 2014 edition of the Women’s World Team Squash Championships.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Malaysian descent.
- Toned physique
- Short-cropped, side-parted hair
- Clean-shaven look
- Affable smile
Syazrul Idrus Facts
- Syazrul first came into the spotlight in July 2022 when he became the first Malaysian male bowler to have recorded a hat-trick (the feat of dismissing 3 batters off 3 successive legal deliveries) in the T20I format. He achieved the feat in Malaysia’s 3rd match of the round-robin stage of the 2022 Malaysia Quadrangular Series (a T20I tournament that also involved Bhutan, Maldives, and Thailand) – recording sensational bowling figures (4/17 in 4 overs) against Thailand who were bowled out for a meager 30 runs in 13.1 overs.
- Malaysia won this match by 9 wickets and Syazrul was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for his performance. In the team’s 5th (and penultimate) match of the round-robin stage of the tournament, also against Thailand, he produced match-best bowling figures (4/21 in 3.5 overs) as Malaysia easily overhauled Thailand’s score of 73 runs, winning with 9 wickets to spare. He was named the ‘Player of the Match’ once again.
- Malaysia finished the round-robin stage of the tournament with a perfect 6-0 win-loss record. In the final, he once again recorded match-best bowling figures (3/13 in 3.1 overs) to limit Bhutan to a paltry total of 82 runs. Hosts Malaysia cruised to a 9-wicket win to lift the title as Syazrul finished as the leading wicket-taker in the tournament (16 dismissals).
- On July 26, 2023, he created history by becoming the first cricketer ever to have captured 7 wickets in a men’s T20I match – during the opening game of the ICC (International Cricket Council) Men’s T20 World Cup Asia B Qualifier tournament. He picked up the first 4 Chinese wickets to fall – in the 5th over (his 2nd) of their innings – to reduce them to 13/4. He then captured the 5th Chinese wicket as well – in the 7th over (his 3rd).
- In his 4th (and final) over (the 9th of the Chinese innings), a maiden (an over in which no runs have been scored off the bat), Syazrul scalped 2 more wickets to leave China reeling at 20/9. He finished with eye-popping bowling figures – 7 wickets for just 8 runs in 4 overs that included 20 dot balls (balls off which no runs are scored). Incredibly, all 7 of his victims were ‘bowled’ (a mode of dismissal in which the ball delivered by a bowler hits the stumps, either directly or after some contact with the bat or the batter’s body).
- China’s team eventually folded for just 23 runs (the then 3rd-lowest total ever in a men’s T20I match) in 11.2 overs. 6 of their 10 dismissed batters registered ducks (a duck is a batter’s dismissal for a score of zero) and 5 of those 6 were dismissed by Syazrul. Malaysia went on to win the match by 8 wickets (with a massive 91 balls remaining) and Syazrul was named the ‘Player of the Match’ for his historic performance.
- Malaysia won its 3 remaining matches in the competition as well to become the champions of the 2023 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia B Qualifier tournament – as Syazrul finished the tournament as the highest wicket-taker overall (10 wickets in 4 innings at a scarcely believable bowling average of 5.60 runs conceded per wicket taken).
- The tournament triumph qualified Malaysia for participation in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Asia Regional Final tournament to be held in October and November 2023. The top 2 teams in this tournament would then progress to the 2024 edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
- Syazrul’s aforementioned bowling figures (7 wickets for just 8 runs in 4 overs) were not just the then best by a male cricketer in the T20I (T20 International) format, they were also the then best figures by a male cricketer in any senior-level T20 match (international or domestic). The only other male player, as of July 2023, to have picked up 7 wickets in any senior-level T20 match (international or domestic) was South Africa-born Dutch international Colin Ackermann who recorded figures of 7/18, representing the Leicestershire Foxes against the Birmingham Bears, in August 2019.
- In men’s T20I matches, Syazrul bettered Peter Aho’s record (6 wickets for just 5 runs in 3.4 overs) that was set in October 2021. Peter was representing Nigeria, in a match against Sierra Leone.
- As of July 2023, Syazrul (50 wickets in 26 matches) had the 2nd best career bowling strike rate (10.40 balls bowled per wicket taken) by a male cricketer in the T20I format – only behind Dhruv Maisuria of Botswana (10.33). He also had the 4th best career bowling average (11.62 runs conceded per wicket taken) by a male cricketer in the T20I format – behind Yalinde Nkanya of Tanzania (8.60), Dhruv Maisuria of Botswana (8.98), and Vraj Patel of Kenya (10.15).
- As of July 2023, Syazrul was also the 2nd fastest male cricketer to have reached the milestone of 50 wickets (achieved in 25 matches) in the T20I format – again, only behind Dhruv Maisuria of Botswana (22 matches).
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