The 500 wickets landmark
January 13, 2011
Wasim Akram is a member of the exclusive group of cricketers, who took 500 wickets in One Day International Matches. Wasim Akram was brought into the cricket team by Javed Miandad and later became the captain of the Pakistan team succeeding the brilliant Imran Khan.
Wasim Akram is known for his reverse swing bowling, of which his is considered to be one of the founders, and without doubt it best exponent. His brilliant bowling of the reverse swing later led to accusations of ball tampering. Wasim Akram’s reverse swing bowling in now accepted as a legitimate feature of bowling.
On the 30th of September 2009, Wasim Akram was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, which recognizes the legends of cricket, as well as their contributions and achievements for cricket.
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.
Apart from being amongst the best bowlers in the world, Wasim Akram was also an excellent batsman, scoring as many as 257 runs against Zimbabwe in 1996-97. However, in batting Wasim did not achieve his full potential, and the popular belief is that he could have done much better with his batting.
Wasim Akram was associated with and played for Pakistan, Lancashire, the Automobile Corporation and the Pakistan International Airlines. Wasim Akram’s ODI career debuted against New Zealand at Faisalabad, whereas his Test Debut was also playing New Zealand in 1985.
Although Wasim Akram captained the Pakistan team for the 2003 World Cup, he was taken off the team because of its very poor performance in that ODI. His image was also damaged when he was accused of indulging in match fixing. Shortly after the 2003 World Cup match, Wasim Akram announced his retirement from Cricket after a brief stint at playing for Hampshire.
Wasim Akram dominated the 1992 World Cup, when Pakistan won the world cup playing in the Finals. Wasim’s 33 runs of only 19 balls, gave Pakistan a respectable score of 249 runs. His brilliant bowling performance, dismissing Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis in successive deliveries helped the Pakistan team achieve victory. He was also nominated as Man of the Match in the finals of the World Cup.
Written By – Richard Thomas
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