Ultimate XI ODI Profile: Wasim Akram

By Sports Desk June 04, 2020
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Wasim Akram was perhaps the best left-arm fast bowler in history. With complete mastery over swing and seam, he could sometimes with a single delivery, move the ball both ways.

Wasim started his ODI career against New Zealand in Pakistan in 1984 under the captaincy of Zaheer Abbas and quickly rose to prominence by taking five wickets in his third ODI against Australia in the 1985 Benson & Hedges World Championship.

Among those five wickets were Kepler Wessels, Dean Jones, and Captain Allan Border.

Wasim took his 100th wicket, that of Curtly Ambrose, in Sharjah during the 1989–1990 Champions Trophy against West Indies. Overall, he took five wickets in that match, including a hat trick in which all three batsman were bowled.

He took his second hat trick on May 4, 1990 in Sharjah, against Australia. Once again, all three batsmen were out bowled.

From 1986–1989, Wasim took 100 wickets at 22.71 runs per wicket and at an economy rate of less than 3.9 runs per over.

He was the first bowler to reach the 500-wicket mark in ODI cricket during the 2003 World Cup.


Career Statistics

Full Name: Wasim Akram

Born: June 3, 1966 (54), Lahore, Punjab

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

Playing role: Bowler

Bowling style: Left-arm fast


ODI Career: Pakistan (1984-2003)

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

356         351         18186      11812      502        5/15         5/15       23.52       3.89       36.2          17             6                  0


Career highlights

  • 1st man to take 500 ODI wickets
  • Claimed 502 wickets at an average of 23.52
  • He has two hat-tricks in ODIs
  • Ranked by Wisden as the best ODI bowler of all time in 2002
  • Most ODI wickets as captain (158)

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