Former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram was one of the vital cogs of the national cricket team. The southpaw led the formidable pace attack in his heydays while also tormenting the world-class batsmen with superb deliveries.
Wasim Akram is widely recognized as the greatest bowler of all time. He was statistically very impressive in Tests and ODIs. The left-arm pacer bowled with a brisk pace and made use of the conditions to better effect.
He took 414 wickets in Tests at an impressive bowling average of 23.62. On the other hand, he took 502 wickets in ODIs at an average of 23.53. More importantly, he maintained an impressive economy of 3.90.
Wasim Akram registered 25 five-wicket hauls in the purest form of the game. Besides that, he took 5 ten-wicket hauls. As far as ODI cricket is concerned, he registered as many as 6 five-wicket hauls.
This goes to show that he was the best bowler for Pakistan. The left-arm pacer holds the world record for most wickets in List A cricket. He took as many as 881 wickets. Wasim Akram is often referred to as the “Sultan of Swing”.
Akram was the first bowler to reach the landmark of 500 wickets in ODIs. He achieved this milestone during the 2003 World Cup. It is safe to say that he is the best and finest product of reverse swing bowling.
When Wasim Akram bowled a toe-crushing yorker to Lara
Recently, the legendary Pakistani cricketer recalled a game against Brian Lara during the 1992 World Cup. Akram took to Twitter and narrated an incident involving former West Indies captain Brian Lara.
The post described that both these legends met each other at a charity event. The former West Indies captain had brought his shoe with him for legend Akram to sign on it.
Akram further added that it was the very same shoe that Brian Lara had held on to since the 1992 Cricket World Cup. Moreover, this was also the same shoe that Lara was wearing while facing Akram in the 1992 World Cup.
Lara got retired hurt
Akram delivered a toe-crushing yorker to Brian Lara and the latter couldn’t bat after the delivery. Meanwhile, Akram’s post read: “The Prince of Trinidad never ceases to amaze, years after retirement from the game!”
“We met at a charity and he brought this shoe with him to make sure I would sign it – he’d held on to it since 1992 WC when I hit him on the toe (after he got 88!) Hold a grudge much, @BrianLara?”
Pakistan posted 220/2 in their quota of 50 overs. In reply, West Indies didn’t lose a wicket. Lara departed after being retired hurt. Desmond Haynes and Lara chipped in with 93 and 88. West Indies won the match by 10 wickets.