Full name Wasim Akram
Born June 3, 1966, Lahore, Punjab
Current age 49 years 60 days
Major teams Pakistan, Hampshire, Lahore, Lancashire, Pakistan Automobiles Corporation, Pakistan International Airlines
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast
In a nutshell Perhaps the best left-arm fast bowler of all time, Wasim Akram could make the ball walk and talk like no one else did. An explosive, exciting genius who could change the game with the bat as well. More
|Test debut||New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland, Jan 25-28, 1985 scorecard|
|Last Test||Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka, Jan 9-11, 2002 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v New Zealand at Faisalabad, Nov 23, 1984 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Bulawayo, Mar 4, 2003 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Hampshire v Gloucestershire at Southampton, Jun 27-30, 2003 scorecard|
|List A debut||1984/85|
|Last List A||Hampshire v Nottinghamshire at Southampton, Jul 13, 2003 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Hampshire v Sussex at Southampton, Jun 13, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Hampshire v Surrey at Southampton, Jun 24, 2003 scorecard|
A dream cricketer. At his best Wasim Akram plays like most of us would wish to. He has complete mastery over swing and seam, and sometimes moves the ball both ways in one delivery. All this comes at high speed from a quick, ball-concealing action, and is backed up by the threat of a dangerous bouncer or deceptive slower delivery. Akram is rated by many as the best left-arm fast bowler of all time, and his career record certainly bears that out - along with the high regard of his contemporaries. He hit like a kicking horse, but batsmanship was one skill in which Akram underachieved, despite a monumental 257 against Zimbabwe in Sheikhupura in 1996-97. He was the natural successor to Imran Khan as Pakistan's leader and captain, but the match-fixing controversies of the 1990s harmed him, blunting his edge and dimming his lustre. Though he reached the 500-wicket landmark in ODIs in the 2003 World Cup, he was among the eight players dumped after Pakistan's miserable performance. He retired shortly after, following a brief spell with Hampshire.
Osman Samiuddin on Akram
A triumph of the imagination, he broadened the scope of what could be done in his art with talent and hard work, and left fast bowling unrecognisable from what it was before him
Over a 19-year international career, he took wickets all over the world, in Tests and ODIs, with a consistency that was mind-boggling
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