Like any other celebrity, Wasim Akram has had his share of triumphs and setbacks in his professional and personal life. His left handed bowling and batting has earned him the type of fame that professional sportsmen envy, and would love to have. Wasim Akram is regarded as one of the pioneers who changed the face of cricket.
Wasim Akram made his debut in Test cricket for Pakistan against New Zealand in 1985, and in his 2nd test match took 10 wickets. Akram rose to international fame rapidly, and even Vivian Richards’ who was regarded as the best batsman during that time, struggled against Wasim’s bowling performance.
On a tour of the West Indies, Wasim Akram was the fastest bowler on both sides. However, because of a groin injury, Akram had to undergo two surgical procedures which impeded his career. After that he focused more on accuracy and swing than the speed of the ball.
Wasim Akram was a significant contributor for Pakistan’s winning the World Cup in 1992 in Australia. His score of 33 runs off 19 balls took Pakistan’s score to a respectable 249 runs. His devastating bowling attacks led to the dismissal of key batsmen Ian Botham, Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis. His outstanding performance earned him the Man of the Match award for the final.
At the peak of his career Wasim Akram was diagnosed with diabetes. After the initial psychological shock, he regained his cricketing form and produced excellent cricketing performances. Wasim has since then has been prominently involved in awareness campaigns for diabetes.
Wasim was accused of match fixing later in his career, but these charges could not be proved conclusively. In 2003, Wasim retired from international cricket, because of Pakistan’s below-standard performance. Before his retirement, he was dropped from several important matches from the Pakistan team. Wasim fulfilled his contract for Hampshire until the end of the English Cricketing season.
Wasim Akram’s personal life was devastated by the untimely death of his wife Huma Akram on 25th October 2009, due to organ failure. Wasim has since been busy with other matters of life, like media appearances because of sponsorships, and of course his diabetes awareness campaigns. And performing his duties as the Bowling Coach/Consultant for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL.
Written by: Ifrah Waqar
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