July 7, 2011

The 5th test match at the Oval in 1992 became a perfect showcase for the bowling talent of Wasim Akram, along with Waqar Younus. Wasim Akram equaled the record of Imran Khan of claiming 21 wickets in a series.

This combined with the 22 wickets of Waqar Younus was the main reason for Pakistan’s victory over England.
In one match Wasim Akram was nominated as the man of the match, and along with Gooch (England) and Waqar Younus, Wasim Akram was selected to be the player of the series. In the length of the 5 matches played in the series, Pakistan won 2 matches, England won 1, and two matches were drawn.

Within 40 minutes of play in the final session, Aqib Javed scored the initial success, and then Wasim Akram demolished the entire structure of England’s batting. Wasim took 5 wickets in 7.1 over’s and only conceded 18 runs.

The only unpleasant thing for Pakistan after this stupendous win, were the allegations by the British media about the Pakistanis indulging in ball tampering. These reports were started by the England team manger Mickey Stewart, who said that he knew how the Pakistanis made an old ball swing better than a new one, but they were not prepared to reveal their secret.

Written by: Richard Thomas
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