February 3, 2011

Wasim Akram was a master swing bowler of the modern era. He had always paired with Waqar Younis and formed one of the most dangerous fast bowling spells in the history of world cricket.

Wasim Akram and his career bowling history will entail his achievements in cricket and his magic with the ball earning him a title “Sultan of Swing”. He provided finesse in his bowling that was rare in fast bowlers. He had proven to be a magician when it came to deception.

Many legendary batsmen have spoken about Wasim Akram and his career bowling history with awe and respect. One of the batsmen is reported to have said that I only played against Wasim in Champions Trophy, Kenya. He broke my stumps with a vicious in-swinging Yorker.

Wasim Akram was probably the most deceptive fast bowler; cricket saga has ever been gifted with. He had a great balance and a quick arm action with the ability to bowl deliveries that would range from 120-145kph. This rapid change in pace of his deliveries always proved to be lethal for batsmen.

There are numerous unforgettable moments about Wasim Akram and his career bowling history. The most cherish able was the two lethal deliveries in the World Cup final 1992. England was chasing 249 for victory and when they reached 141 on loss of 4 wickets, Wasim Akram was introduced for mid-innings spell. The first ball knocked off Allan Lamb by an in-swinging wicked delivery. Next prey was Chris Lewis who was left dumbfounded by the Pakistani.

These ferocious deliveries were produced by the unmatched ability to reverse swing which claimed to be Wasim Akram’s hall mark. Fast bowlers are required to bowl on various wickets and that is the true test of bowler’s skill. Flat, slow and quick pitches were never a threat to Wasim.

Wasim Akram and his career bowling history suggests that he was a once in a generation cricketer. Even as a captain he had progressed every moment and became an inspirational figure for his team mates.
He has played a total of 356 ODI’s in which he claimed 502 wickets. His best figures were 5 wickets for 15 runs. Akram has played 104 test matches in which he claimed 414 wickets. His best figures in test matches were 7 wickets for 119 runs.

He lifted fast bowling to new levels, and helped carry Pakistan to the top of world cricket.

Written by: Sehban Sehthi
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