Full Name Wasim Akram
Born June 3, 1966
Lahore
Age 51 Years, 1 Months, 24 Days
National Side Pakistan
Batting Style Left Handed
Bowling Left-arm fast
Teams Played Pakistan, Hampshire, Lahore City, Lancashire, Lahore Blues, Lahore City Whites, Pakistan Automobiles Corporation, Pakistan Inv XI, Pakistan International Airlines, PCB Reds, Rest of the World, Young Pakistan, Warnes Warriors
Man of the Match Test - 17, ODI - 21, World Cup - 2,
Career Span [Test, 1985 - 2002], [ODI, 1984 - 2003], [World Cup, 1987 - 2003],

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.

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Wasim Akram Overall Stats

Batting & Fielding Performance

  M I N/O R HS 100s 50s 4s 6s Avg S/R Ct St
Test 104 147 19 2898 257* v ZIM 3 7 324 57 22.64 - 44 0
ODI 356 280 55 3717 86 v AUS 0 6 247 121 16.52 88.33 88 0
World Cup 38 30 8 426 43 v WI 0 0 36 11 19.36 101.18 8 0

Bowling Performance

  I O M R W Best 3w 5w Avg E/R S/R
Test 181 3771.1 871 9779 414 7/119 v NZ 30 25 23.62 2.59 54.65
ODI 351 3031 238 11812 502 5/15 v ZIM 53 6 23.52 3.89 36.22
World Cup 36 324.3 17 1311 55 5/28 v NAM 6 1 23.83 4.04 35.40

Wasim Akram 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.

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