Wasim Akram has been acknowledged as the greatest bowler of all times. He is the only Pakistan player who has been placed in all time World Test XI. His early life history, his various records & performances, & achievements he got for Pakistan will be discuss in this article.
Wasim Akram life History
Wasim Akram was born on 3 June, 1966 in Lahore. He studied at Government Islamia College Lahore. Wasim made his Test dubut in 1985 against New Zealand. He showed supert performance in that Test series & took 10 wickets in his second Test match. Wasim has been selected to Pakistan International team during the trials which were held in Lahore. During those trials, his performance convinced Javed Miandad. He was then given the opportunity to play for Pakistan International cricket team. Wasim played his first ODI against New Zealand in 1984 when Pakistan team was lead by Zaheer Khan. Wasim took 5 wickets against Australia in 3rd ODI in 1985. During 1985-1986 Austral Asia Cup that was held in Sharjah, Akram & Abdul Qadir bowled supert against New Zealand & they were all bowled out on 64. Pakistan won that match. That was one of the biggest win in the history of Pakistan. In final against India, Wasim & Imran both shared 5 wickets.
During 1987 World Cup, Wasim did not perform well & took 7 wickets. He bowled 40 overs. All of the matches he played were played in Pakistan. Wasim took his 100th ODI wicket against West Indies during 1989-1990 champion trophy which was held in Sharjah. He took his 5 wicket for second time in that test match. He first time got hat-trick in that match. In 1990, he got his second Hat-Trick against Australia. Wasim took 143 wickets in his first 107 matches with an economy rate of 3.84. Wasim major performance was in 1992 World Cup when Pakistan had won the title. He showed brilliant performance in final against England where he scored 33 of 19 balls which helped Pakistan to reach a total of 249 runs. Akram took the wicket of Ian Botham in the very start. When he was against brought back to the bowling, he bowled two batsman in an over. His brilliant performance made him Main of the match.
Akram took 5-wickets haul against South Africa during 1992-1993 series & reached his 200th wickets in his 143th match. He had got 46 wickets in that year. In 1996 World Cup, Wasim did not play Quarter final match which Pakistan lost to India. In 1999 World Cup, Wasim showed great performance & made his team to final where Pakistan was defeated by Australia by a big margin. Akram continued his brilliant performance in 2003 World Cup too where he took 12 wickets in 6 matches & remained highest wicket taker for Pakistan.
Wasim Akram Records & Achievements
- In his 104 test matches, Wasim Akram got man of the match award for 17 times.
- Wasim got 4 hat-tricks, two in tests & two in ODI.
- Wasim got 22 man of the match awards in ODI.
- Akram took 414 wickets in his 104 Test matches which is a great achievement. He also scored 2898 with an average of 22.64.
- Akram has played 356 ODI matches in which he has got 502 wickets. Out of them, 199 matches were won by Pakistan. Akram got 326 wickets in those 199 matches.
- Akram has got the record for getting 400 wickets in Tests as well as in ODI.
- Wasim has got the achievement of securing 55 wickets in 38 World Cup matches. This record was broken by Australian bowler McGrath
- Akram also took 4 wickets in an over. While playing against West Indies, he has got this record. This record does not include hat trick.
- Akram has got 17 man of the match awards which are #3 highest awards taken by any player.
- Wasim is the only Cricketer who has got 10 or more wickets in a test match for three times, yet Pakistan had lost those matches.
Wasim Akram As a Coach
Wasim Akram has been appointed as a coach for KKR team in Indian Premier League. Ganguly always wanted Wasim to be the coach for KKR. Akram has groomed many players like Mohammad Shami etc who are now also playing Indian Internation cricket team. He also remained coach in the fast bowling camps of Pakistan.
Wasim Akram Batting Statistics
Wasim Akram Bowling Statistics