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Waqar Younis
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Waqar Younis

Pakistan|Bowler
Waqar Younis

INTL CAREER: 1989 - 2003

Full Name

Waqar Younis Maitla

Born

November 16, 1971, Vehari, Punjab

Age

49y 173d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast

Playing Role

Bowler

relations

(brother)

Other

Coach, Commentator

TEAMS

The man who really put the reverse into swing. Waqar Younis bucked the 1980s trend of pitching fast and short by pitching fast and full. Not an obvious recipe for success until you factor in prodigious late inswing, which was designed to smash into the base of leg stump or the batsman's toes. In his youth, he was one of the fastest ever.

Waqar's surging run was a glorious sight - and an incredible strain on his body. His method of aiming for the stumps rather than the batsman earned him the best strike rate of any bowler with over 200 Test wickets, till Dale Steyn came along. It could have been better: back injuries cut short his prime, but determination has always resurrected him, although he was easily pushed over the line that divides aggression and intimidation.

He looked to have been put out to pasture by the end of 2000, but before long he had been appointed captain for the 2001 tour to England. Initial results suggested that this was an inspired move, but in October 2002 he was at the helm as Pakistan crumbled to 59 and 53 all out against Australia in Sharjah. He managed to retain the job for the World Cup, but a disastrous tournament - Pakistan beat only Holland and Namibia - meant an unceremonious exit. Unable to force his way back into a side building for the future, he announced his retirement in April 2004. As a batsman, lusty blows were his staple, but Waqar batted with the air of a man who thinks he could have done better.

The next stage of his career began in March 2006, when he was appointed Pakistan's bowling coach, and he also became a regular in the commentary box. In March 2010 he became head coach of Pakistan, a job he handled till August 2011. While Pakistan were embroiled in several off-field controversies during that period - the spot-fixing scandal in England and Zulqarnain Haider fleeing to the UK happened during those 18 months - the on-field results were pretty good: Pakistan drew a Test series in South Africa, won in New Zealand, and reached the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup. He was later shortlisted as one of the candidates for Australia's bowling coach, while he also had a short coaching stint in the BPL, but his next high-profile assignment came in May 2014, when he returned as Pakistan's coach for a second term.
Kamran Abbasi and ESPNcricinfo staff

Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test871541622487883737/7613/13523.563.2543.4028225
ODI2622581269899194167/367/3623.844.6830.5014130
FC22839182213509568/1722.333.2640.906314
List A41119811150836747/367/3622.374.5629.3027170
T207715618153/213/2136.206.9631.20000
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test871202110104510.20210647.950013316180
ODI262139459693710.30144567.05005821350
FC2282836129726413.3806580
List A4112156615534510.4200560
T20732666.005120.00001010
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Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBOWLDATEGROUNDFORMAT
Pakistanis vs Int XI0/2510-Jul-2006The OvalOTHER

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Waqar Younis hasn't been with his family since June
Naseem Shah bowls under the watchful eye of Waqar Younis
Pakistan bowling coach Waqar Younis has twice served as head coach previously
Naseem Shah gets his cap from Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis at a media interaction during a training camp
David Warner and Waqar Younis chat with Sylhet Sixers CEO Yasir Obaid