One of the most feared bowlers in the world of cricket and the instant sensation for Pakistan in the 1980 yes you know it that it is Wasim Akram for you. Considered as one of the most feared bowlers at his time and the golden hand that helped Pakistan win and stay alive in many phases of cricket, he is one of the greatest bowlers that the world of cricket has ever seen. Born in Lahore on 3rd June 1966 like the other young budding cricketers he got selected on the recommendation of a senior.
With a cracking spell with List A cricket having 12 wicket hauls with best bowling figures of 5/10 and a staggering average of 21.91 and the first class cricket with an average of 21.64 of 70 five wicket hauls and 16 ten wicket hauls. These figures itself prove that the kind of the form that he grew up with and the impact that he has made right from the start of his initial days.
One of the Most Feared Bowlers
He continued that reputation in ODI’s (One Day Internationals) by claiming five wickets with a superb economy of 3.50 in the Austral- Asia Cup with heavy weights such as India, Australia, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka. The highlight of the tournament was when Pakistan bowled out New Zealand for a mere 64 with wickets shared between him and Abdul Quadir which was a semi final. His 100th wicket victim was Ambrose of West Indies which was his 2nd five wicket haul match for him which included his first hat-trick as well.
So many things turned in his favor as he was known as a winning symbol for the team. Each Pakistan fan felt that if he was in the game there was a sure shot victory for them irrespective of the team they played for. Having played 356 matches with a bundle of 502 wickets which included best bowling figures of 5/15 with a splendid economy of 23.52 he helped the team win 199 matches while losing 145 and helped tie 6 matches.
This showcases his talent and from the test matches perspective which are known to test the real gut and adaptability of a player his performance was on par; having played 104 matches he has grasped 414 which is quite a feat for itself with crucial economy of 23.62 thereby helping the side win 41 and drawing 36 encounters with only a mere loss of 27 matches.
His abilities have been, genuine speed with a tender control over line and length with the boosting factors of swing and seam. He could bowl both the in-swingers as well as the out-swingers and had the mastery of reverse swing which was his lethal weapon at dire situations. Nicknamed as the Sultan of Swing other than Waqar Younis, he lived up to the name throughout his career. He always targeted the stumps and most batsmen who were out by him were when they found the nick of their bat to the stumps, thus he intimidated the batsmen in the 1990 era along with his co-partner Waqar Younis.
His batting also showed his slogging capability and he at times won the match against Australia in the Nehru Cup final when he hit batting legend Viv Richards for a six of the 2 balls he faced. Many of the great cricketers such as the Ricky Pointing who is the winning captain for most number of World Cups for Australia claimed that he was one of the toughest bowlers to face during his career as scoring was quite difficult both with the odd and new ball.
There have been many others great records registered under his name with 3rd most number of Man of the Match awards and the first cricketer to have taken 400 plus wickets in both formats of the game which can present out the point that Wasim Akram used to create terror in batsman’s hearts during his days.