Wasim Akram, A Living Legend ,Sultan Of Swing
Wasim Akram is a living legend of Pakistan who was born on June 3, 1966 in Lahore. He is an erstwhile Pakistani Cricketer and pioneer of reverse swing bowling. Wasim Akram, the finest fast bowler ever, has headed the cricket team of Pakistan in Test as well as One Day Internationals. He holds world records for taking the most wickets in ODIs.
Wasim Akram started his cricket career by signing a contract with the Lancashire Country Cricket Club in England. While playing for the Lancashire Cricket Club, he became the most successful overseas player and favorite of the local fans who used to sing ‘Wasim for England’ during Lancashire matches. Under the captaincy of Wasim Akram, Lancashire won the ECB trophy and Axa League as well.
Entry in National Team
It was during his practice in the under 19 nets when Javed Miandad passed by and was super impressed with his ability to move the ball at such a great speed. Javed Miandad recommended that young bowler to be included in a squad of 14 for a three days in a match against New Zealand. Later, he was paired with Imran Khan who became his teacher at the World Championship of Cricket in Australia.
Test Cricket Debut
Wasim Akram made his Test Cricket debut in 1985 and proved himself as a fine exponent of reverse swing in his second test match by achieving 10 wickets. During the renowned victory of Pakistan in the 1992 World Cup, Wasim Akram’s performance was instrumental. He was the top bowler of Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup as well.
Wasim achieved various records throughout his life time for his extraordinary performance. He has the record of taking the most wickets in World Cup – a total of 55 in 38 matches. He is one of three bowlers who have taken four hat-tricks in International Cricket, the others being Hugh Trumble and Jimmy Mathews. Wasim Akram has also been awarded the Wisden Cricketer of the Year Award in 1993. He holds a Pakistani record of taking 414 wickets in 104 matches in test cricket. He has remained the first bowler in International Cricket who has taken 400 wickets in both forms of cricket.
“Sultan of Swing” Title
Wasim Akram possessed accurate control of line and length along with seam and swing bowling skills. Due to his mastery of reverse swing, he has earned the title of ‘Sultan of Swing’.
As Commentator and Coach
After his retirement in 2003, Sultan of Swing has taken up commentary and can be seen as a sportscaster. Wasim Akram is also serving as a bowling coach for the Kolkata Knight Riders, one of the ten Indian Premier League Franchises.
Huma Mufti was first Wasim Akram’ wife. They had two sons, Taimoor and Akbar from their marriage of 15 years. Wasim Akram wife Huma died of multiple organ failure at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, India, on 25 October 2009.
On 7 July 2013, Wasim became engaged to an Australian woman, Shaniera Thompson, whom he had met while on a visit to Melbourne in 2011 while participating in a Poker tournament at Crown Casino. He married Shaniera on 12 August 2013, saying he has started a new life on a happy note. He was quoted as saying: “I married Shaniera in Lahore in a simple ceremony, and this is the start of a new life for me, my wife, and for my kids.” Now , Shaniera is Wasim Akram wife.
Migration To Karachi
He moved from Lahore to Karachi with his wife and kids. On 3 September 2014, the couple tweeted that they were expecting their first baby—the third child of the Akram family. On 27 December 2014, Shaniera delivered a baby girl, Aiyla Akram, in Melbourne.
Memories of Sultan of Swing, Wasim Akram in the cricket history will remain for ages; his lethal bowling will be acknowledged and accredited for years to come. Pakistani nation love this cricket hero.