August 28, 2011

Wasim Akram was perceived as a nightmare to a majority of batsmen around the world. His speed and hostility were genuine when ge came down the pitch to throw a swinging yorker. Akram was a gifted bowler. He had natural control over the pace of his deliveries plus his line and length were perfect. When combining his line and length with his seam and swing, the batsmen were in for his vicious swinging yorkers.

Wasim Akram could very easily bowl from each end of the wicket due to his superb quick action. And the fact that he was the king of reverse swing bowling, meant that he got to be more dangerous at the later part of any match’s innings. He was indeed a dangerous bowler, vicious enough to scare even experienced batsmen like Steve Waugh.

The sultan of swing was very successful at finding the edge of the bat and he used to focus every delivery on the stumps producing his famous and lethal inswinging yorker. Out of the 414 test wickets he managed to take, 193 of them were taken caught, 119 of them were leg before and 102 were clean bowled.

In the 1990’s Wasim Akram along with Waqar Younis, another legend together demolished the batting order of every team. Both of them were known as the “the two Ws” of the Pakistan side and were the most successful and powerful bowling partnerships in cricket history. It was due to the performance of a young 25 year old Wasim Akram that Pakistan got their victory in the final of the world cup of 1992.

The left arm fast pace bowler took a total of 18 wickets from 10 matches and won the man of the match award which he truly deserved. Wasim Akram after delivering his vicious swinging yorkers and quick deliveries took the important wicket of Ian Botham at the opening of the final.

As Wasim’s vicious swinging yorkers proved fatal to the batsmen around the world he was also actually a pretty decent batsmen. He was very effective against spin bowlers. However he preferred to slog which led to the early forfeit of his wicket.

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