Why Wasim Akram is the greatest fast bowler of all time?

Wasim Akram - know why he is the greatest fast bowler of all time, and his records in the ODIs, Tests, World Cups, net worth, Hall of Fame, and more

 Know why Wasim Akram is the Legend of Cricket!

One of the best bowlers ever in world cricket is Pakistan's former legendary fast bowler, Wasim Akram. Wasim - Anyone who keeps track of world cricket, especially in Pakistan cricket, will find the name 'King of Swing " Wasim Akram first. As he took the first 500 wickets in ODIs, he has also 414 wickets in Tests, and it was at his hands that Pakistan won the title in the 1992 World Cup.

Wasim Akram is a left-arm fast bowler who could bowl with significant pace and swing, is also a great Yorker as well, and is often considered to be the founder, and perhaps the finest exponent of reverse swing bowling in cricket history. Australian legend Glenn McGrath said, "Wasim Akram, one of the best bowlers I ever had. Left-handed, swung both ways with the new ball, and was very dangerous with the old ball."

Even Sachin Tendulkar, the legend of Cricket has expressed his admiration and honored the Pakistani opponent in the introduction written by himself. He wrote, that due to the exceptional bowling action, he could give his best. Wasim Akram could literally make the cricket ball speak". Anyway, if you want to know more details about Wasim Akram's illustrious cricket career, then welcome to this post. Then keep reading;

Wasim Akram's ODI Career













How many wickets did Wasim Akram have in ODIs?

Having 502 wickets in 356 matches, averaging 23.52, an economy of 3.89, and a strike rate of 36.2, Wasim Akram is the second-most ODI wickets takers of all time, after Mutiah Muralifhoron. His best bowling figure is 5/15 which is against Zimbabwe in 1993, while he got 4 wickets 17 times and 5 wickets 6 times and is the leading ODI Wicket taker for Pakistan.

Wasim Akram

How many hat tricks did Wasim Akram have in ODIs?

The legendary Wasim Akram from Pakistan has a record of 2 hattricks in ODI Cricket, which is against the West Indies in 1989, and Australia in 1990. Wasim Akram and Mohammad Sami are the only players to have records of hattricks in ODIs and Test for Pakistan.

How many runs did Wasim Akram score in ODIs?

Along with 502 ODI wickets, Wasim Akram has scored 3717 ODI runs, with an average of 16.58, where he has six 50s and his highest score in ODI's is 86 against Australia, Melbourne, on February 23, 1990.

Wasim Akram’s Test Career













How many wickets did Wasim Akram have in Tests?

Having 414 wickets in 104 matches, averaging 23.62, an economy of 2.59, and a strike rate of 54.6, Wasim Akram is the highest Test wicket-taker of all time for Pakistan. His best bowling figure is 11/110 which is against Zimbabwe in 1996, where he got 4 wickets 20 times, 5 wickets 25 times, and 10 wickets 5 times in his career.

How many hat tricks did Wasim Akram have in Tests?

Wasim Akram is one of the fourth bowlers of the world who has got two hattricks in test cricket, and his first hattrick came against Sri Lanka in 1999, in the Asian Test Championships in Lahore (Pakistan), where he took his second hattricks against the same opponent Sri Lanka in Dhaka (Bangladesh).

How many runs did Wasim Akram score in Tests?

Wasim Akram has played 104 test matches in his career, where he scored 2898, with an average of 22.64, with three 100s and seven 50s, while his highest score on the test is 257* a record by a number eight batsman in test cricket. Akram's 257*  runs came against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura, Pakistan, and the innings contained 12 sixes, which is also a world record and is the joint-third-highest number of Man of the Match awards in test Cricket(17). 

Wasim Akram’s T20 Career













How many t20 matches has Wasim Akram played?

Wasim Akram has played 5 T20 international matches, where he took 8 wickets, and his best bowling figure is 2/19. Besides that, he scored 55 T20 runs, where his highest score in the T20 international is 24.

Wasim Akram's World Cup Records

How many World Cups have Wasim Akram won?

Wasim Akram won 1 ICC Cricket World Cup in 1992 and has played 4 successive ICC Men's Cricket World Cups in 1992, 1996, 1999, and 2003. In the ICC Cricket World Cups, Wasim Akram played 38 matches, where he got 55 wickets. Akram also contributed greatly to Pakistan's 1992 World Cup title. In particular, he changed the course of the final by bowling Allen Lamb and Chris Lewis in 2 consecutive balls. Later, Akram became the man of the match in the final of the 1992 Cricket World Cup.

How many wickets did Wasim Akram get in the World Cup?

The legendary Wasim Akram played 4 successive ICC Men's Cricket World Cups in 1992, 1996, 1999, and 2003, where he played 38 matches, where got 55 wickets, and is the fourth-highest wicket-taker of all time. His best bowling figure in the ICC Cricket World Cup is 5/28 against Namibia in 2003.

What is the net worth of Wasim Akram?

Wasim Akram is one of the richest Cricket players, having a net worth of $23 million. Besides his salary, most of his revenue has come from various endorsements like advertisements, coaching, and cricket commentary as well.

When was Wasim Akram inducted into the Hall of Fame?

On 30 September 2009, Wasim Akram (one of five new members) was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, wherein in 2002, he was listed in Wisden's list of all-time ODI players. In October 2013, Wasim Akram became the first and only Pakistani cricketer to be included in the Greatest Test World XI in the Wisden Cricketers' Almanac 150th Anniversary. On 23 March 2019, the Government of Pakistan awarded him the honorary "Hilal-e-Imtiaz" award for his lifetime achievement in the field of cricket.

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