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Popular Pakistani Cricket Player Wasim Bari

by on November 21, 2012
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Popular Pakistani Cricket Player Wasim Bari

Pakistan wicket keeper Wasim Bari in action against England at Old Trafford, July 1982. (Photo by Adrian Murrell/Getty Images)

Born on the 23rd of March, 1948 at Karachi, Sindh, Wasim Bari was a former Pakistani cricket player. He started his professional career from the year 1967 in which he played about 51 One Day Internationals and 81 test matches. The right handed batsman was an excellent wicket keeper. His career ended after 17 years in 1984 and at that time he was referred to be the most capped player in the test history of Pakistan cricket. According to the former England captain and a commentator, many people believe that Alan Knott was the finest wicket keeper in that era however; he believed that Wasim Bari was a better player than him.

Wasim Bari took 201 catches and did 27 stumps in test career of his wicket keeping. In one day international, Bari in 51 matches took 52 catches and ten stumps. He was one of the most phenomenal wicket keepers for Pakistan.

Wasim Bari holds many records which includes having a total of 8 catches in a test match which was equal to the present world record of that time. Again in the year 1976/77, he reached the record books again when he stumped 4 batsmen in a test series against Australia. In the year 1979, Wasim Bari dropped out 7 of the first 8 batsman in a test match thereby, holding the record for most dismissals. The ending of his career marked 228 test match targets making him the most eligible wicket keeper of Pakistani team and having the most victims by a South Asian wicket keeper. His test debut was in England in which Colin Milburn was his first to dismiss player. His career best batting performance were 60 (not out) from the 11th position in which he managed to maintaining a partnership of 133 runs with Wasim Raja.

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