Wasim Akram has been the strength of Pakistan’s cricket team ever since the beginning of his cricket career. Wasim Akram has achieved a lot of records in the cricket history. He has been rated as the best left arm fast bowler of all time. Cricket fans across the world have witnessed several memorable moments of Wasim Akram during his performance in Test Cricket as well as in ODIs.
Wasim Akram has remained a renowned player from the start of his cricket career. Since the beginning of his career from the Lancashire County Cricket Club, Wasim Akram has been instrumental in the victory of his team. Under the captaincy of Wasim Akram, Lancashire Cricket Club won the ECB Trophy and Axa League.
Wasim Akram started his test cricket entrance for Pakistan in 1985 and ultimately earned the title of ‘Sultan of Swing’ due to his extraordinary performance. He has achieved the record of taking the most wickets in List A Cricket. Due to his execution, Wasim Akram is considered as the supreme advocate of reverse swing bowling. He has achieved several records during his Test Career as well as for his One Day International career.
During his test career, Wasim Akram has taken 414 wickets at an outstanding and exceptional bowling average of 23.62, and scored 2,898 runs at a batting average of 22.64. The yorkers of Wasim Akram have always remained legendary and brought him a number of wickets.
During Pakistan’s famous World Cup victory in 1992, the performance of Wasim Akram was instrumental. In the 1992 World Cup final, Wasim Akram drove Pakistan to victory through his outstanding performance. Wasim Akram also won the man of the match award in the final after showing brilliant all-round performance against England. During the 1992 World Cup, Wasim Akram had also shown an extraordinary batting performance which pushed Pakistan to a score of 249 runs for six wickets.
Wasim Akram also holds the preeminence of playing the most matches in World Cup, and has played 15 World Cup matches as a captain of Pakistani team. During the 2003 World Cup, Wasim Akram remained the top bowler by taking 19 wickets in 7 matches. He has taken a total of 55 wickets in 38 Cricket World Cup matches. In the year 2003, Wasim Akram engraved his name once more in the cricket history by getting his 500th one-day wicket against Netherlands during the 2003 World Cup
The best moments of Wasim Akram have also been witnessed during his international cricket career. Wasim Akram is one of the three bowlers who have taken two Test hat-tricks, and also one of the three bowlers who have taken two ODI hat-tricks. The name of Wasim Akram is also among the list of players who have taken four wickets in an over during a Test Match. After his retirement, Wasim Akram was appointed as the bowling coach of Kolkata Knight Riders.
These memorable moments of Wasim Akram will remain forever linger on in the hearts of cricket fans around the globe.
Written by: Aliya Jabeen
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