ICL: Indian Cricket League

Paragon of Left Arm Power

Written by Commoner on July 5th, 2007   (373 views)

If the cricket buffs around the globe be given a chance to pick out only one bowler of all the bowlers from the history of cricket including the current bowlers, most of them will cry out the name of Wasim Akram, without wasting a second. The greatest left arm beauty of all time, Wasim Akram has changed the shape of fast bowling for ever. His style, his power, his technique, his skill, his drudgery, his pace, and his perseverance to the game is second to none.

Wasim Akram has introduced the swing and seam in the same delivery of a lightening pace with a spot-on line and length. His deceptive bouncers and slow deliveries were the most dreaded nightmares for the batsmen around the world.

He was a proven breakthrough monger, his wicket-taking abilities were beyond doubt. His exquisite record shows that he has done wonders for Pakistan on myriad number of occasions.

Born 3rd June, 1966 in the capital of Punjab province of Pakistan, Wasim Akram was also one of the most successful skipper of Pakistan. After Imran Khan, he was the best aggressive, talented and proactive leader, Pakistan had. He was the star of both forms of the game. He was as lethal in the test matches as he was in the One Day Internationals. He played 104 tests and snatched away 414 wickets with an astounding average of 23.62. His best figures in the test are 7/119. In tests, he has taken 5 wickets in a match 25 times, and 9 times he has taken 10 wickets a match.

In the ODIs he has showed his mettle in a very splendid manner. In his sparkling 356 matches, he has taken 502 wickets from his 18186 balls. His average is 23.52. He has taken 6 times, five wickets in a match. His best bowling in an ODI is 5/15.

He is also famous for his aggressive and charging batting. His bludgeoning with bat is not thing to forget or missed. He has scored 2898 runs with an average of 23 in tests and 3717 runs in ODIs with average of 16. His average may not be that impressive, but he clicked at the right time of slogging in the crunch matches.

His career was also marred by the allegations of match fixing, and he was one of those 12 players, who left the international cricket as a result of investigations. Though nothing was concretly proved against him, but it affected him a lot. Nonetheless, his services for the national team cannot be forgotten or ignored. Pakistan Cricket Board has made a very right and fantastic decision to invite Wasim Akram to guide the young and senior bowlers of the team in the academy.

Wasim initiated his Test onslaught for Pakistani cricket team against New Zealand in early 1985 and in only his second Test he made his presence felt with a ten-wicket haul. He was identified by the legendry Imran Khan. Wasim Akram will always be remembered as a pride of Pakistan.

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