June 3, 2020 marks the 54th birthday of the unique Sultan of Swing, Wasim Akram. In a global profession spanning 19 years, Akram has grabbed 916 worldwide wickets, making him essentially the most profitable left-arm quick bowler of all time. In October 2013, Akram was the one cricketer from Pakistan to be named in an all-time Test World XI on the 150th anniversary of the Wisden Almanack.
Akram is subsequent solely to Sri Lankan nice Muttiah Muralitharan because the main wicket-taker in ODIs however is the primary bowler to breach the 500-wicket mark in a single-day internationals. He was the primary bowler to seize 4 hat-tips in worldwide cricket – two in Tests and two in ODIs. With a quick arm motion, good tempo and the power to generate reverse swing, nobody pacer has been a greater exponent of swing bowling than Akram.
Akram is the ninth highest wicket-taker in Test historical past with a haul of 414 wickets. His tally of wickets is the best for any left-arm bowler. He had a profitable First-Class debut in opposition to a global workforce. At 18 years of age, former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad quick-tracked him into the reckoning and Akram represented the Board of Control for Cricket in Pakistan’s (BCCP) Patrons XI in opposition to New Zealand at Rawalpindi in November 1984. He took seven wickets within the first innings and made his worldwide debut just some days later.
Wasim captained Pakistan in 25 Tests and 109 ODIs, of which the workforce gained 12 and 66 matches respectively. Under him, Pakistan beat England 2-zero in a Test sequence at dwelling in 1996 and in addition reached the ultimate of the 1999 World Cup. He had a profitable captaincy stint with county membership Lancashire as underneath Akram, the workforce gained the ECB Trophy and Axa League and completed second within the championship event regardless of shedding solely 5 matches in all competitions all through the season.
Besides his exploits with the ball, Akram 3717 runs in ODIs and 2898 runs in Tests with a best of 86 and an unbeaten 257 respectively. During his knock of 257* – which is the best rating for a No. eight batsman in Test cricket – in opposition to Zimbabwe in Sheikhupura in 1996, Akram hit 22 fours and 12 sixes, and added 313 runs with Saqlain Mushtaq for the eighth wicket. Even although he retired after the 2003 World Cup, following teaching stints, Akram continues to entertain followers by his commentary.