To accord recognition to the legends of Cricket, the ICC launched its Hall of Fame in 2009 in Association with the Federation of International Cricketers. Most of the players inducted were from England, but the Hall of fame recognized 4 outstanding cricketers from Pakistan, Hanif Muhammad, Javed Miandad, Imran Khan and of course Wasim Akram.
It was a very emotional moment for Wasim Akram, and he cried for joy when the ICC included his name in the Hall of Fame Cricketers. Wasim captained the Pakistan team after Imran Khan. Under the captaincy of Imran Khan, Pakistan won the ICC World Cup in 1992, largely due the brilliant outstanding performance of Wasim Akram.
Wasim Akram belongs to the elite group of cricketers who took 500 wickets in One Day International Matches. Wasim Akram’s other major achievement is his reverse swing bowling, of which he is considered to be one of the founders and without doubt its best exponent.
Wasim Akram has played in five World Cup matches, and also has the distinction of playing the most matches in World Cup cricket (38 matches). He also captained the Pakistan team in 15 World Cup matches, and took 55 wickets in the matches which are more than any other bowler. His best bowling performance is taking 5 wickets for only 28 runs. For such outstanding performances, he was considered by many as the best left-arm bowler ever. He is also said to be one of the greatest cricketers of all times.
Written by: Richard Thomas
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