Wasim Akram (Urdu: وسیم اکرم; born 3 June 1966) is a resigned Pakistani cricketer, cricket analyst, and TV character. He is recognized as one of the best bowlers ever. A left-arm quick bowler who could bowl with critical pace, he spoke to the Pakistan cricket group in Test cricket and One Day International (ODI) matches. In October 2013
, Wasim Akram was the main Pakistani cricketer to be named in a record-breaking Test World XI to stamp the 150th commemoration of Wisden Cricketers' Almanac.
Wasim Akram is viewed as one of the best quick bowlers ever of, and maybe the best of all left-arm quick bowlers. He holds the world record for most wickets in List A cricket, with 881, and he is second just to Sri Lankan off-turn bowler Muttiah Muralitharan regarding ODI wickets, with 502 altogether. He is viewed as one of the authors—and maybe the best type of—switch swing knocking down some pins.
He was the main bowler to achieve the 500-wicket check-in ODI cricket amid the 2003 World Cup. In 2002, Wisden discharged its solitary rundown of best players ever. Wasim was positioned as the best bowler in ODI ever, with a rating of 1223.5, in front of Allan Donald, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Joel Garner, Glenn McGrath, and Muralitharan. Wasim has taken 23 four-wicket pulls in ODI in 356 matches he played. On 30 September 2009, Wasim Akram was one of five new individuals drafted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He was the knocking down some pins mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders. In any case, he enjoyed a reprieve from the situation for IPL 6, referring to a need to invest more energy with family in Karachi, and he enjoyed a further reprieve from the up and coming IPL 2017; amid this time, Wasim Akram will be supplanted by Lakshmipathy Balaji.
He was functioning as an executive and knocking down some pins mentor of Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League, until the point when he cleared out to join Multan Sultans in August 2017. In October 2018, he was named in the Pakistan Cricket Board's seven-part warning cricket advisory group.
Early and personal life
Wasim Akram was conceived on 3 June 1966 to a Punjabi Muslim Arain family in Lahore."Wasim Akram". Cricinfo. He was taught at Government Islamia College Civil Lines Lahore, where he played as an opening bowler and batsman. Wasim Akram's dad, Chaudhary Muhammed Wasim Akram, was initially from a town close Amritsar in East Punjab, India, who moved to Kamonki, Punjab, Pakistan, after the segment of India in 1947. He has 3 kin. Two senior siblings, Naeem in Lahore and Nadeem in Canada. He additionally has a more youthful sister Sofia who is likewise in Canada.
Like a few other Pakistani cricketers amid the 1980s, his consideration into the national side was at the command of a senior player in the group, which for Wasim Akram's situation was Javed Miandad. Later Imran Khan, being the best quick bowler of Pakistan at the time, moved toward becoming the guide of Wasim Akram.
At 30 years old, Wasim Akram was determined to have diabetes. "I recollect what a stun it was on account of I was a solid sportsman with no history of diabetes in my family, so I didn't expect it by any means. It appeared to be odd that it transpired when I was 30, yet it was an exceptionally unpleasant time and specialists said that can trigger it." Since then he has effectively tried to be associated with different mindfulness crusades for diabetes.
Wasim Akram wedded Huma Mufti in 1995. They had two children from their marriage of 15 years: Tahmoor (conceived 1996) and Akbar (conceived 2000). Huma kicked the bucket of different organ disappointment at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, India, on 25 October 2009.
On 7 July 2013, it was accounted for that Wasim Akram had turned out to be locked into an Australian lady, Shaniera Thompson, whom he had met while on a visit to Melbourne in 2011 while taking an interest in a Poker competition at Crown Casino. Wasim Akram wedded Shaniera on 12 August 2013, saying he has begun another life on an upbeat note. He was cited as saying: "I wedded Shaniera in Lahore in basic service, and this is the beginning of another life for me, my better half, and for my children."
He moved from Lahore to Karachi with his better half and children. On 3 September 2014, the couple tweeted that they were expecting their first infant—the third offspring of the Wasim Akram family. On 27 December 2014, Shaniera conveyed an infant young lady, Aiyla Sabeen Rose Wasim Akram, in Melbourne.
In 1988, Wasim Akram marked for Lancashire County Cricket Club in England. From 1988 to 1998, he opened their playing assault in their ECB Trophy, Benson and Hedges Cup, and National League competitions. He was a most loved of the neighborhood British fans, who used to sing a tune called "Wasim for England" at Lancashire's matches. In 1998, with Wasim Akram as skipper, Lancashire won the ECB Trophy and Axa League and completed second in the title competition regardless of losing just five matches in all rivalries all through the season.
Wasim Akram made his Test cricket make a big appearance for Pakistan against New Zealand in 1985, and in his second Test coordinate, he guaranteed 10 wickets. Half a month preceding his choice into the Pakistan group, he was an obscure club cricketer who had neglected to make it even to his school group. He went to the preliminaries at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in Pakistan, however, for the initial two days, he didn't get an opportunity to bowl. On the third day, he got a possibility; his execution persuading Javed Miandad to demand his incorporation in the national group. Wasim Akram was thus given a chance to play for Pakistan, with no critical local experience.
Wasim Akram's ascent in global cricket was quick amid the late 1980s. He was a piece of the Pakistan group that visited the West Indies in 1988. In any case, crotch damage obstructed his vocation in the late 1980s. Following two medical procedures, he re-developed during the 1990s as a quick bowler who concentrated more on the swing and exact rocking the bowling alley.
One Day International
Wasim Akram began his ODI profession against New Zealand in Pakistan in 1984 under the captaincy of Zaheer Abbas. He rose to conspicuousness by taking five wickets in his third ODI against Australia in the 1985 Benson and Hedges World Championship. His wickets incorporated those of Kepler Wessels, Dean Jones, and chief Allan Border.
In the 1984– 85 Rothmans Four-Nations Cup and the 1985– 86 Rothmans Sharjah Cup, Wasim Akram took five wickets with a run rate of under 3.50. The 1985– 1986 Austral-Asia Cup included Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, and was played in Sharjah, UAE. Wasim Akram, with the assistance of Abdul Qadir, knocked down some pins out New Zealand's batting line-up for 64 in the second semi-last of the container. Pakistan won that amusement with in excess of 27 overs to save, getting one of the greatest wins in Pakistani history. In the last against India, he and Imran Khan shared five wickets. Wasim Akram's wickets included Dilip Vengsarkar and Ravi Shastri.
In the 1987 Cricket World Cup held for the first run through in South Asia, Wasim Akram battled on Pakistani pitches; he oversaw just 7 wickets all through, with a normal of more than 40 runs for every wicket over each of the 7 matches. Wasim Akram played West Indies, England twice and Sri Lanka. All gathering matches were played in Pakistan.
In the 1988– 89 Benson and Hedges World Series, Wasim Akram overseen figures of 4 for 25 against Australia.
Wasim Akram took his hundredth wicket at Sharjah amid the 1989– 1990 Champions Trophy, the second Match against West Indies. His 100th wicket was that of Curtly Ambrose. In that coordinate, he took a five-wicket pull for the second time in his vocation. In a similar match, Wasim Akram took his first cap trap against the West Indies. Each of the three batsmen was played out. On 4 May 1990 in Sharjah, Wasim Akram took his second ODI cap trap against Australia. Every one of the three batsmen was rocked the bowling alley this time also.
His greatest years in the late 1980s were from 1986– 1989, amid which time he took 100 wickets at 22.71 runs per wicket, and his economy rate was under 3.9 runs per over, with an aggregate of four 4-wicket pulls. His initial two pulls against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh came in Sri Lanka in 1986.
Up until December 1991, Wasim Akram took 143 wickets in 107 matches, with a normal of very nearly 24 and an economy rate of 3.84.
Wasim Akram was a critical figure in the 1992 Cricket World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand when Pakistan won the competition. In the last, against England, his innings of 33 keeps running off 19 balls pushed Pakistan to a score of 249 keeps running for 6 wickets. Wasim Akram at that point took the wicket of Ian Botham right off the bat amid the English batting innings; and, when brought once again into the knocking down some pins assault later on, with the ball turn around swinging, he created a spell of rocking the bowling alley which prompted Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis being played in progressive conveyances in one over. His exhibitions earned him the Man of the Match grant for the last. In 1993, Wasim Akram took two successive 4-wicket pulls against Sri Lanka in Sharjah, in which 7 out of 8 wickets were either LBW or knocked down some pins.
In the 1992– 1993 Total International Series in South Africa (including Pakistan, West Indies, and South Africa), he took 5 wickets against South Africa and got his 200th wicket in his 143rd match. Wasim Akram took 46 wickets in the schedule year 1993, his greatest year ever in ODIs. His normal was under 19, with an economy rate of under 3.8 runs per over. He took six 4-wicket pulls in 1993, the most by him in any year. In the 1996 Cricket World Cup, Wasim Akram missed the quarterfinal coordinate against India which Pakistan lost and left the World Cup. Wasim's incredible profession was frequently corrupted by debate, not slightest in the Caribbean in April 1993, his lady visit as Pakistan's skipper. Amid the group's stop-over in Grenada, he was captured alongside three colleagues—Waqar Younis, Aaqib Javed, and Mushtaq Ahmed—and two female British vacationers; he was accused of ownership of maryjane. Somewhere in the range of 1994 and 1996, he took 84 wickets in 39 matches.
From January 1992 to December 1997, Wasim Akram played 131 matches and took 198 wickets at a normal of 21.86, with 14 4-wicket pulls in ODIs.
In 1999, he drove Pakistan to the finals of the World Cup where they ceded and were crushed by Australia in the last by eight wickets with very nearly 30 overs to save. This was the beginning of the match-settling discussions, as commentators trusted Wasim Akram had set up the counterpart for Australia. Be that as it may, none of the claims could be demonstrated.
He was Pakistan's best bowler in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, in 6 matches taking 12 wickets. In any case, Pakistan neglected to achieve the super six of the competition, and Wasim Akram was one of the eight players to be sacked by the Pakistan Cricket Board, therefore.
Wasim Akram won 17 Man-of-the-Match grants in 104 Tests. He took four cap traps in global cricket—two in ODIs and two in Tests. Therefore, he shares the record for most global cap traps with Lasith Malinga. He completed with 22 Man-of-the-Match grants in ODIs. In 199 ODI coordinate wins, he took 326 wickets at under 19 each with a run rate of 3.70 and took 18 four-wicket pulls. His 257 not-out against Zimbabwe in 1996 is the most noteworthy innings by a number-8 batsman in Tests. He hit 12 sixes in that amusement, and it stands right up 'til today as the record for the most sixes by any player in a solitary Test inning.
Preceding his retirement, he was one of eight senior players dropped for the Sharjah Cup in April 2003 and was then discarded from the Pakistan squad for the consequent Bank Alfalah Cup triangular arrangement. Because of his exclusion from the group, he didn't take an interest in a goodbye coordinate. Wasim Akram satisfied his agreement play for Hampshire until the finish of the English season.
Since resigning from cricket, Wasim Akram has worked and taken up discourse for TV stations and can at present be viewed as a games analyst for ESPN Star Sports and ARY Digital among others. He did a critique on an assortment of wearing competitions including the 2009 Women's Cricket World Cup in Australia, the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England, the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa, and the 2011 ICC World Cup in India, Bangladesh and SriLanka.
In 2010, Wasim Akram has designated the knocking down some pins mentor specialist of Kolkata Knight Riders, the Indian Premier League group for Kolkata. Sourav Ganguly was constantly quick to have Wasim Akram as the knocking down some pins mentor for India, amid the previous' stretch as Indian commander. In spite of the fact that this never occurred, his fantasies were acknowledged to some degree, when Wasim Akram was designated as the playing mentor cum tutor for the establishment. Wasim Akram has in this way been assuming an essential job in the prepping of Indian pacers like Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, who owe their accomplishment in global cricket a great deal to the knocking down some pins legend. While working for the Kolkata Knight Riders, he was additionally in charge of the marking of Pakistani household left-arm quick bowler Mohammad Irfan. Wasim Akram has additionally been instructing in Pakistan quick playing camps, his most remarkable revelation being the young Pakistani bowlers Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan. Wasim Akram has likewise filled in as an executive and knocking down some pins mentor of PSL establishment Islamabad United amid 2016 and 2017 season. He is right now working with Multan Sultans as chief and playing mentor.
Amid his expert vocation, he knocked down some pins with bona fide speed and antagonistic vibe. Wasim Akram was a man had of precise control of line and length, joined via crease and swing rocking the bowling alley abilities, stretched out to both inswingers and outswingers. With a snappy knocking down some pins activity, he could bowl similarly well from the two sides of the wicket. His authority of switch swing with the cricket ball implied he was at his most perilous towards a knocking down some pins innings, and earned him the moniker of one of the "Sultans of Swing"
"The one player who truly emerged for me was Wasim Akram. It was in that competition that we understood exactly what a unique ability he was and how much inconvenience he would give us and whatever remains of the world in the years to come. What a player he was."
– Former English Allrounder Ian Botham.
And additionally frequently having the capacity to discover the edge of the bat, Wasim Akram would likewise center his rocking the bowling alley assault around the stumps and had an especially deadly inswinging yorker. Of his 414 Test wickets, 193 were taken gotten, 119 were taken leg before wicket and 102 were rocked the bowling alley. In an organization with Waqar Younis, he threatened worldwide batsmen during the 1990s. Together Wasim and Waqar, known as "the two Ws" of the Pakistani group, were a standout amongst the best rocking the bowling alley organizations in cricket.
With the bat, he was particularly viable against turn bowlers. Be that as it may, he jumped at the chance to trudge and was scrutinized for his absence of high scores and giving without end his wicket too inexpensively. In October 1996 he scored 257 runs not out, of the group's aggregate of 553 against modest Zimbabwe on an average level South Asian pitch at Sheikhupura. He likewise accomplished great scores for the Pakistan group, for example, his scores of 123 and 45* against Australia to take Pakistan to triumph in a low scoring match. His batting was likewise significant once in a while to the Pakistan ODI side, for example, in the Nehru Cup in 1989, while requiring six runs and two balls to win the match, he hit the primary conveyance he confronted, from low maintenance off-spinner and batting legend, Viv Richards, for a six and anchored the container.
I have dependably appraised Wasim as the best bowler I have ever confronted. I saw him at the back end of my vocation and I have no lament in saying this yet I am happy that was in the retirement path around then since I think he was exceptionally uncommon. It simply wasn't tied in with swing or precision, it was about the hostility that he brought too. He was brisk as any on a given day and I just felt he had much offer. Like I stated, I'm simply happy that he came during an era that I was prepared to go.
– Former West Indies batsman Viv Richards.
In December 2012 after Ricky Ponting declared his retirement he said that Wasim Akram and Curtly Ambrose were the hardest bowlers he had confronted "Wasim Akram for the correct inverse, you could get a couple of keeps running off him, yet you just knew there was an unplayable ball around the bend, be it with an old ball or with another ball," – Ricky Ponting.