Sarfraz Nawaz was a fast medium bowler of an excellent quality. While bowling, he had an unerring precision and at most times he was a tough customer. He used to bat lower down the order striking the ball for some useful runs. Due to this, he became a useful allrounder. He became the third Pakistani to score 1000 Test runs and take 100 Test wickets.
He could seam the ball with equal effectiveness in both directions and had a good action. While playing at Melbourne on 15th March 1979, he claimed 9 wickets in a single innings. In 33 balls that he bowled, he gave away one run and took 7 wickets. Due to his mood swings and idiosyncracies, he became a highly controversial player.
Sarfraz was one of the pioneers of reverse swing and formed a very powerful combination with Imran Khan. When he retired, he became a cricket commentator and an outspoken MP.
Sarfraz Nawaz took the opportunity to participate in 55 Test matches during which he made 177 dismissals in 13951 deliveries while conceding 5798 runs. His bowling average was 32.75, economy rate was 2.49 and bowling strike rate was 78.8. He managed to score 1045 runs at a batting average of 17.71 and took 26 catches.