Wasim Akram: The King of Swing
In the Asian side of the world, there are two countries that are crazy about cricket one is India and the other is Pakistan. Despite hockey being their national game, cricket is game that is played on the streets and followed every gender and age group. Cricket is something that is in their blood. Every Pakistani is willing to go to any lengths for this game. Pakistan has a lot talent where cricket is concerned and it has produced some of the greatest cricketers in the history of Cricket. Wasim Akram is a name that no cricket lover can forget. His skills with the ball have made him secure 12th position in our list of 25 top cricket players of all time.
Akram was born on the 3rd of June in 1996 in Lahore, Pakistan. He went to Government Islamia College Civil Lines Lahore to get his education. He used to play as opening batsman and bowler for his college team. He made into the national team because of a senior player, Javed Miandad. At the age of 30 he was diagnosed diabetes and it came as a shock for him. He was married for huma Mufti in 1995 and had two sons, Akbar and Tahmoor. However, Huma died in 2009 due to multiple organ failure. After four years, Wasim got engaged to Shaniera, an Australian woman and he married her later the same year. Together they had a daughter in 2014.
Wasim Akram signed for Lancashire Country Cricket Club based in England in 1988. For 10 years, Akram used to open the bowling attack for ECB, Trophy, National League and Benson and Hedges Cup in different tournaments. His skills with the ball get him a lot of fans in England. Whenever he use to ball they use to sing “Wasim for England”. Akram was made captain of Lancashire in 1998 and he won the ECB Trophy along with AXa League. Meanwhile, in 1984 to 1986, Akram was also playing for Pakistan Automobiles and in 1985-1987 he represented Lahore. Again in 1997-1998 and in 2000-2001 he played for Lahore. In 1992-2002 he appeared for PIA and in 2003 he played for hampshire.
Despite performing average in the domestic career, Akram did manage to get a chance to become part of Pakistan International Cricket team. Wasim Akram played his first match on 25th in 1985 against New Zealand, his first ODI match was again against New Zealand on 23rd November in 1984.The last test match that he played was against Bangladesh on the 9th of January in 2002 and his last One Day international was on 4th March against Zimbabwe. His shirt number was 13, 12 and 1 as a captain.
Akram played 104 test matches and he bowled 22627 bowls and took 414 wickets. He is the holder of maximum number of wickets in the Test cricket. His best is 7/119 and with a bowling average of 23.62. He made 2898 runs in his entire Test Career and his top score was 257. He made 3 centuries and 7 half centuries. He took 5 wickets in an innings 25 times and 5 times he managed to take 10 wickets in a match. His ODI career is as impressive as his Test career. He played 356 matches and scored 3717 runs, bowled 18186 bowls and took 502 wickets. His top score was 86 and his best with bowling was 5/15. He took 5 wickets in a match 6 times.