Player Bio

Wasim Akram

  • Matches

    1316
  • Runs

    20824
  • Wickets

    2847
Role Allrounder
Batting Style Left-hand bat
Bowling Style Left-arm fast
Nationality Pakistani
Nickname Wasim Akram
DOB 03 June 1966

A dream cricketer. At his best Wasim Akram plays like most of us would wish to. He has complete mastery over swing and seam, and sometimes moves the ball both ways in one delivery. All this comes at high speed from a quick, ball-concealing action, and is backed up by the threat of a dangerous bouncer or deceptive slower delivery. Akram is rated by many as the best left-arm fast bowler of all time, and his career record certainly bears that out - along with the high regard of his contemporaries. He hit like a kicking horse, but batsmanship was one skill in which Akram underachieved, despite a monumental 257 against Zimbabwe in Sheikhupura in 1996-97. He was the natural successor to Imran Khan as Pakistan's leader and captain, but the match-fixing controversies of the 1990s harmed him, blunting his edge and dimming his lustre. Though he reached the 500-wicket landmark in ODIs in the 2003 World Cup, he was among the eight players dumped after Pakistan's miserable performance. He retired shortly after, following a brief spell with Hampshire.

Batting Averages

MatInnsNO RunsHSAve BFSR100 504s6s
Test 104 147 19 2898 257** 23.00 0 0 3 7 0 57
ODI 356 280 55 3717 86* 17.00 4208 88 0 6 0 0
T20 5 5 1 55 24* 14.00 45 122 0 0 6 1
F-C 257 355 40 7161 257** 23.00 0 0 7 24 0 0

Bowling Averages

Mat InnsBalls RunsWkts BBIBBM AveEcon SR4w 5w10
Test 104 181 22627 9779 414 - - 24.00 3 55 55 20 25
ODI 356 351 18186 11812 502 - - 24.00 4 36 36 17 6
T20 5 5 114 121 8 - - 15.00 6 14 14 0 0
F-C 257 0 50277 22549 1042 - - 22.00 3 48 48 0 70
List A 594 0 29719 19303 881 - - 22.00 4 34 34 34 12
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date
99,0 Pakistan Zimbabwe Sheikhupura 1996-10-17

Career Statistics

Test debut New Zealand v Pakistan at Auckland, Jan 25-28, 1985 Scorecard
Last Test Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka, Jan 9-11, 2002 Scorecard
ODI debut Pakistan v New Zealand at Faisalabad, Nov 23, 1984 Scorecard
Last ODI Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Bulawayo, Mar 4, 2003 Scorecard
T20I debut - Scorecard
First-Class debut 1984/85 Scorecard
Last First-Class Hampshire v Gloucestershire at Southampton, Jun 27-30, 2003 Scorecard
List A debut 1984/85 Scorecard
Last List A Hampshire v Nottinghamshire at Southampton, Jul 13, 2003 Scorecard

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