Wasim Akram’s International Cricketing career spans a total of 19 years, in which he distinguished himself as one of the best cricketers ever, and earned himself several very prestigious awards, including being inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, thereby recognizing his achievements in cricket.
Wasim Akram is considered as one of the fastest bowlers in the history of cricket, and he holds the world record for taking the most wickets in List A Cricket. Wasim Akram is the founder and the best exponent of the “reverse swing”. Initially this form of bowling caused considerable criticism, and accusations of ball-tampering were leveled at Wasim. Now this has been accepted as a legitimate delivery in the game of cricket.
During his nineteen years of playing cricket, Wasim played in 104 test matches. In these matches he took a stunning 414 wickets, which was a record for Pakistan. He was also an excellent left-handed batman and scored 2,898 runs in test cricket. His bowling average comes to 22.63, and his batting average works out to 23.62.
Wasim Akram achieved two hat-tricks in test cricket. He was the third player to achieve this distinction, the others being Hugh Trumble and Jimmy Matthews. Wasim Akram played cricket with passion and dedication, with complete control and mastery over the ball. Akram is considered to be the best left-arm fast bowler of all times, a fact which is validated by his record or wickets taken in all matches.
Although Wasim was a good batsman, many cricket lovers felt that he under-achieved in batting. He succeeded Imran Khan as the captain of the Pakistani Cricket. In a test series against the West Indies, he became the sixth player to take four wickets in one over.
He also made the highest score by a batsman who came in to play at number eight. He scored 257 runs in that series and was also not out. This tremendous innings contained 12 sixes, which is also a world record in test cricket.
Wasim Akram has received accolades from almost most leading batsmen including Sachin Tendulkar. Brian Lara, the famous West Indian cricketer rates him as the best bowler that he has had to face in his cricketing career. Wasim Akram has won the man of the match award seventeen times in his test matches, which is the third highest in the world.
Written by: Richard Thomas
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