Wasim Akram’s 10 wickets against New Zealand in 85
July 17, 2011
At the age of 18, Wasim Akram claimed 10 wickets against New Zealand in the second test match that he played in. Before being spotted by Javed Miandad at the Qaddafi Stadium in Lahore, he was just a club player who was not even selected for his college team.
Wasim Akram’s first bowled out G.P. Howarth for only 23 runs, followed by the wicket of J.P. Reid for only 24 runs. When New Zealand had scored 92 runs, Jeff Crowe was declared out by a leg before wicket by Wasim Akram. He took 6 wickets in this inning, and five in the next innings.
Of all the Pakistani bowlers, Wasim Akram was the most impressive. His line and length were faultless. He had unlimited energy and moved the ball magnificently off the seam. Wasim Akram’s brilliant bowling performance lead to New Zealand suffering a collapse in awkward conditions. Only Martin Crowe made any significant progress before being dismissed by Wasim Akram.
Although Wasim Akram bowled magnificently, Pakistan still lost the series. In the third test match played at Wisden, in the last over before tea Wasim Akram received official warning for over use of short pitched balls which resulted in the ball hitting Cairn on the temple, who had to be taken to hospital.
The Pakistan tour of New Zealand comprised of 5 matches, and the series was comprehensively won by the home team. Of the 5 matches, New Zealand won three, and two matches were drawn.
Written by: Richard Thomas
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