Famous Pakistani Cricket Player Wasim Akram
Born on the 3rd of June, 1966 in Lahore, Pakistan, Akram belonged to a middle class family. He played as a left handed fast bowler and batsman. Wasim Akram is considered as one of the best fast bowlers is the history of the game. He holds many records to his credit including being on the top with 881 wickets in the List A cricket, whereas staying behind only Muttiah Muralitharan in ODI with 502 wickets. He is also the bowler to reach the 500 ODI wickets marks. He is also known to be possibly the first promoter and founder of reverse swing bowling.
Wasim Akram debut in Test cricket in 1984 on the 25th of January playing versus New Zealand and the last test of his career was played in January, 2002 against Bangladesh. Similarly Akram debut his ODI career in November, 1984 playing the New Zealanders and ended in March, 2003 where he played against Zimbabwe. Akram holds not only an impressive ODI record but also a test one as he was included in the team though without any prior domestic experience and he failed to make an impression in his first test match, however it was his second test match that left an un-erasable mark where he gained 10 wickets. Akram’s career rose in the 1980’s as he grew as a fast bowler but due to injuries he had to undergo surgeries due to which a small pause was seen in his performance however he was back with a bang in the 1990’s to mark himself as the unforgettable, focused fast bowler of all times. His name was inducted in the Cricket Hall of Fame in September, 2009 and currently he serves as an International cricket commentator and is the bowling coach of Kolkata Knight Riders. Just like how Indians believe that Sachin is their god, Wasim fans pretty much believe that he is the god of bowlers!