Wasim Akram      

Full name Wasim Akram

Born June 3, 1966, Lahore, Punjab

Current age 54 years 271 days

Major teams Pakistan, Hampshire, Lahore, Lancashire, Pakistan Automobiles Corporation, Pakistan International Airlines

Playing role Bowler

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

Wasim Akram
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 104 147 19 2898 257* 22.64 3 7 57 44 0
ODIs 356 280 55 3717 86 16.52 4208 88.33 0 6 88 0
First-class 257 355 40 7161 257* 22.73 7 24 97 0
List A 594 467 97 6993 89* 18.90 0 17 147 0
T20s 5 5 1 55 24 13.75 45 122.22 0 0 6 1 0 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 104 181 22627 9779 414 7/119 11/110 23.62 2.59 54.6 20 25 5
ODIs 356 351 18186 11812 502 5/15 5/15 23.52 3.89 36.2 17 6 0
First-class 257 50277 22549 1042 8/30 21.64 2.69 48.2 70 16
List A 594 29719 19303 881 5/10 5/10 21.91 3.89 33.7 34 12 0
T20s 5 5 114 121 8 2/19 2/19 15.12 6.36 14.2 0 0 0
Career statistics
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
Test statistics
ODI debut Pakistan v New Zealand at Faisalabad, Nov 23, 1984 scorecard
Last ODI Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Bulawayo, Mar 4, 2003 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class debut 1984/85
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
T20s debut Hampshire v Sussex at Southampton, Jun 13, 2003 scorecard
Last T20s Hampshire v Surrey at Southampton, Jun 24, 2003 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
0/21 Ponting XI v Gilchrist XI Melbourne 9 Feb 2020 Other T20
0/48 Warne’s Warr v SRT Blasters Houston 11 Nov 2015 Other T20
0/16 Warne’s Warr v SRT Blasters New York 7 Nov 2015 Other T20

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.
Kamran Abbasi

Osman Samiuddin on Akram

Left-arm explorer

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

Stats analysis

A stunning match-winner

Over a 19-year international career, he took wickets all over the world, in Tests and ODIs, with a consistency that was mind-boggling

    • November 8, 1984
      Storm on debut
      • On his first-class debut, as an 18-year-old, in Rawalpindi, returns figures of 20.5-6-50-7 against a touring New Zealand line-up including John Wright, Bruce Edgar, John F Reid and the Crowe brothers.
    • November 23, 1984
      Fast-tracked, Pakistan-style
      • Makes his ODI debut, going for 31 runs in four overs against New Zealand in a match reduced to 20-overs-a-side.
    • January-February 1985
      A natural progression
      • One more first-class match later, finds himself on the plane to New Zealand for a full tour. Makes his Test debut, and takes 2 for 105 in an innings defeat. Two weeks later, in the Dunedin Test, the genius is announced: Akram's two five-fors in only his second Test overshadow Richard Hadlee's eight-wicket match haul, but can't prevent a two-wicket loss for Pakistan.
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Best Performances
    • 5 for 56 and 5 for 72 v New Zealand, Dunedin, 1984-85
      • Akram finds himself bowling in Test matches in New Zealand weeks after having been only an unknown club cricketer who didn't even make his college side. In only his second Test, Akram outshines Richard Hadlee on a seaming pitch. After Pakistan are bowled out cheaply, he takes out the Crowe brothers, John F Reid and Geoff Howarth to secure a 54-run lead. Defending 277 in the last innings, he has New Zealand down at 23 for 4 and 217 for 7, but can't finish off the job, dropping a return catch off Jeremy Coney, who goes on to score a match-winning century. He displays the signs of a fiery bowler, being warned for excessive use of short-pitched bowling in the final stages of the match. Wisden notes: "His line was good, his energy unbounded, and he moved the ball readily off the seam."
    • 5 for 38 v West Indies, Sharjah, 1989-90
      • Akram's hat-trick - the fourth in ODIs - ends West Indies' challenge when they have the match under control at 209 for 5, chasing 251. Going round the wicket, he hits Jeff Dujon's and Malcolm Marshall's leg stumps, and reverting to over the wicket, he finishes his eighth over by bowling Curtly Ambrose. Carlisle Best and Courtney Walsh add 29 for the last wicket, but Akram's fourth wicket in 13 balls leaves West Indies 11 runs short, with eight balls still to go.
    • 6 for 62 and 5 for 98 v Australia, Melbourne, 1989-90
      • Before their batting fails collectively, it seems Akram has set this match up for Pakistan by bowling Australia out for 223. He impresses everyone with his pace and movement, achieved off a run of only a dozen paces, and returns his best Test figures. Akram's dismissal of Terry Alderman, finishing off the Australian innings with a spell of 3 for 8 in four overs, is his 100th wicket in his 30th Test match. In the second innings he toils 41.4 overs for a five-for, and with little support from the other end, can't kept Australia from getting to a winning lead. He is the Man of the Match, though.
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Feb 9, 2020

Wasim Akram in action during the Bushfire Bash game, Gilchrist XI v Ponting XI, Melbourne, February 9, 2020

Wasim Akram in action during the Bushfire Bash game

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Jun 16, 2019

Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram share a light moment during the break, India v Pakistan, World Cup 2019, Old Trafford, June 16, 2019

Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram share a light moment during the break

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Nov 20, 2018

Wasim Akram speaks at the PSL 2019 draft, Islamabad, November 20, 2018

Wasim Akram speaks at the PSL 2019 draft

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1993