Monday, February 21, 2011

Brief Profile: Wasim Akram

Jumbo Editorial Team

Wasim Akram is regarded as the greatest-ever left-arm fast bowler in the cricket history. He had literally taken the world by storm in his maiden international season, having started as a teenaged sensation. He remained one of the leading all-rounders in the world throughout his career spanning nearly two decades.

His elusive ability of generating enormous pace while operating from a shortened run up caught even the most prolific of batsmen by surprise. He swung the ball both ways with almost identical action and he forced the batsmen to submission with teasing bouncers and toe-crushing yorkers. His slower deliveries were very well disguised too.

He played in104 Tests scoring 2898 runs at 22.64 and claiming 414 wickets at 23.62 while he amassed 3717 runs at 16.52 and captured 502 wickets at 23.52 in 356 One-day Internationals. He remains the only bowler to take 500 wickets and perform more than one hat-trick in ODIs.

He captained Pakistan for a long time, leading the country in the World Cup in 1996 and 1999. He was Man of the Match in the final of the 1992 World Cup. He also played in the 2003 World Cup. He has become one of the most sought after television commentators after calling it a day.

**Wasim Akram has contributed foreword to Cricket Milestones

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