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Wasim Bari

  • Matches

    418
  • Runs

    7338
  • Wickets

    1
Role Allrounder
Batting Style Right-hand bat
Bowling Style Right-arm bowler
Nationality Pakistan
Nickname Wasim Bari
DOB 23 March 1948

For a nation which has produced glovemen of quality but not of the calibre to be tagged as greats, Wasim Bari stands out by a distance. He was not spectacular in the mould of a Rodney Marsh or a Jeffrey Dujon. Acrobatic dives and stunning catches were not his forte. That said, one must acknowledge that Bari was an exceptionally safe `keeper, one very close to the best of his era. As the skipper, and the team's only really fast bowler, Imran Khan had complete faith in Bari's ability and dissuaded him from prematurely calling it quits on a couple of occasions. For someone who was not thoroughly tested against pace, it was a tribute that Imran thought that he was as good as England's Alan Knott. Bari went on to play 81 Tests, in which he had 228 victims against his name, 27 of them stumpings. In terms of both the number of Tests and scalps behind the stumps, Bari's statistics still survive as a Pakistan record two decades after he hung his gloves. Bari was also a competent late-order batsman whose figures fail to reflect his true ability in this sphere; his 19 ducks are a Pakistan record. He, however, managed 1,366 runs in 112 innings, with six scores of 50-plus being his major innings. Bari had a brief stint as a stop-gap captain, on back to back home and away short rubbers against England when the Kerry Packer storm was raging in full fury. At home, on placid wickets custom-made to ensure dreary draws, Pakistan predictably held firm under him, winning none, losing none: On the away tour, the side was badly mauled, losing two Tests, with rain ensuring a draw in the third. Bari was honored by the PCB with the Life Achievement Award in 1997, on the nation's Golden Jubilee of Independence, perhaps due less to the sum total of his contribution behind or in front the stumps, than his being an integral part of the 70s and 80s side which achieved quite a few distinctions and was rated among the best in contemporary cricket. He went on to become the head of Pakistan's selection panel.


BATTING AVERAGES

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
Test 81 112 26 1366 85* 15.88 0 0 6 0 2
ODI 51 26 13 221 34* 17.00 431 51.27 0 0 0 0
F-C 286 357 92 5751 177* 21.70 0 2 21 0 0

BOWLING AVERAGES

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Test 81 1 8 2 0 - - 1.5 - 0 0 0
ODI 51 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0 0 0
F-C 286 0 66 30 1 1/11 - 30.00 2.72 66 66 0 0
List A 85 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0 0 0

CAREER STATISTICS

Test debut England v Pakistan at Lord's, Jul 27-Aug 1, 1967
Last Test Australia v Pakistan at Sydney, Jan 2-6, 1984
ODI debut New Zealand v Pakistan at Christchurch, Feb 11, 1973
Last ODI Australia v Pakistan at Adelaide, Jan 30, 1984
T20I debut -
First-Class debut 1964/65
Last First-Class 1983/84
List A debut 1972/73
Last List A 1983/84