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Wasim Akram

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Left-arm fast
Played for:
Pakistan
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | Bowler
Home country:
Pakistan
Born:
June 03, 1966, Lahore

Profile

It would not be too much off the mark if Wasim Akram was to be referred to as the greatest left arm bowler to have graced the field. Javed Miandad’s eye for talent meant that Akram forced himself into the Pakistan National team even without playing any first class cricket. Picked out of nowhere, he went onto take ten wickets in the very second match he played in, and there was no looking back after that.

Starting as an out and out raw pace bowler, he learnt the tricks of the trade by playing more matches, and soon cut his long run up to the wicket to just a few paces. What he missed out on pace, he more than made up by his swing, seam and the various things he could impart to the red cherry, befuddling almost every batsman that faced him. A proponent of reverse swing, his sweet-sour relationship with Waqar Younis did not deter the pair from capturing a whopping 1705 international wickets. Akram started out as a decent bat, but his batting soon fell away, and although he did score a match saving 257 – hitting 12 sixes in the progress – the inning was a one off.

Akram did captain the Pakistani side on many occasions but allegations of match fixing, injuries, and problems with diabetes did not help his cause too much, as he retired from the game in 2003. He then joined a sports channel as a commentator, and has been a regular in the commentary box, well known for co-hosting the Shaz and Waz show with co-commentator, Ravi Shastri.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 104 147 2898 19 22.64 - 3 7 257*
ODI 356 280 3717 55 16.52 88.33 0 6 86
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 104 181 22627 9779 414 7/119 / 23.62 2.59 20 25 5 403
ODI 356 351 18186 11812 502 5/15 / 23.52 3.89 17 6 0 855
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 44 0 3
ODI 88 0 16
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 25 12 8 0 5 48
ODI 109 66 41 2 0 60.55

Career

Span:
Test:
1985-2002
 
ODI:
1984-2003
Test
Debut:
Pakistan Vs New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland - Jan 25, 1985
Last played:
Pakistan Vs Bangladesh at Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka - Jan 09, 2002
ODI
Debut:
Pakistan Vs New Zealand at Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad - Nov 23, 1984
Last played:
Pakistan Vs Zimbabwe at Queen's Sports Club, Bulawayo - Mar 04, 2003
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