Ultimate Test XI Profile: Wasim Akram

By May 13, 2020
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Wasim Akram is the best left-arm fast bowler of all time. He has mastered all types of deliveries, slower balls, inswingers, outswingers, seaming in, seaming out, he could do it all at will it seemed. On some occasions he would swing it one way, then seam it another, leaving batsmen in a quandary about what to do. To top it off, Akram had a vicious bouncer that came from imperceptible extra effort.

Jimmy Adams, a stodgy defensive player from the West Indies, who at one time was the world’s best Test batsman, said Akram was the most difficult bowler he has ever had to navigate, rating an unbeaten 48 he scored against him in a match where the Pakistani pacer took 11 wickets on his way to 398, as the best he’s ever played.

Akram also formed one of the most dangerous Test duos in the history of the game with a certain Waqar Younis and it is no surprise that the latter would make a list like this as well.

The two would open with terrifying spells, then as the ball got older would return to unleash reverse swing on their opponents. Together, the two would take 559 wickets in just 61 Tests, just as dangerous, if not more so than the great West Indies pairing of Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose which yielded 421 in 49. Akram, Imran Khan, and Younis are the only three Pakistani bowlers to take more than 350 wickets in Test cricket.

Akram’s only failing may have come with the bat. He was the natural successor to Khan but though he proved to be just a good a fast bowler, his average of 22.64 is well below what his talent would suggest.

Akram has three Test centuries and seven 50s in his 104 matches, with a best of 257 not out against Zimbabwe in Sheikhupura.


Career Statistics

Full name: Wasim Akram

Born: June 3, 1966, Lahore, Punjab

Major teams: Pakistan, Hampshire, Lahore, Lancashire, Pakistan Automobiles Corporation, Pakistan International Airlines

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Left-arm fast



Test Career: Pakistan (1985-2002)

Mat    Inns    Balls      Runs    Wkts    BBI        BBM        Ave      Econ   SR      4w     5w      10w

104     181     22627    9779      414      7/119    11/110     23.62    2.59    54.6     20      25        5


Career Highlights

  • Most wickets by a left arm fast bowler in Tests (414)
  • Joint 3rd most Man of the Match Awards (17)
  • Averaged 23.62
  • Highest score as a number 8 in Tests (257)
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