Happy Birthday Wasim Akram: Top 6 Records Which Belong Exclusively To 'Sultan Of Swing'
Pakistan's fast-bowling legend Wasim Akram turned 57 on Saturday. The 'Sultan of Swing' was born in Lahore, Pakistan on June 3, 1966. He went on to become one of the greatest cricketers who have ever played the sport. On his birthday, we revisit some of his bowling records.
Most wickets by a fast bowler in ODIs playing for a country.
Wasim Akram is on top of the list with 502 wickets. Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan has 534 wickets in ODIs but this tally includes the matches he played for Asia and ICC XI as well. (Image Source: Instagram)
First to enter 500 wickets club in ODIs
Not to forget, Wasim was the first bowler to enter the 500-club of wickets in One day internationals. (Image Source: Instagram)
Over 400 Test wickets
Wasim has picked up over 400 Test wickets in his career. With a total of 414 wickets, he is among the greatests to have ever played the sport. (Image Source: Instagram)
A record of hattricks
Wasim is the first player in history of the sport to pick up four or more hat-tricks. By the end of the career, he finished with a total of 5 hat-tricks in international cricket. Sri Lankan bowling legend Lasith Malinga later came at par with him with same number of hattricks. (Image Source: Instagram)
A World Cup winner
Pakistan have won only one ODI World Cup so far and that win came under the leadership of Imran Khan in 1992. Wasim played a big role in that tournament and was one of the big finds for Pakistan cricket. (Image Source: Instagram)
A rare batting record
Wasim was no mug with the bat. He smashed 3,717 runs in ODIs while finishing with 2,898 runs in Tests. Not to forget, while batting at number 8, he hit 257 in a Test match against Zimbabwe in 1996. This is the highest individual run scored by any no 8 batter. (Image Source: Instagram)