Wasim Akram turned 62 on Sunday (Image courtesy: AFP)
Wasim Akram turned 62 on Sunday (Image courtesy: AFP)

Wasim Akram, born June 3, 1966, turned 52 on Sunday. Known as the ‘Sultan of Swing’, he is regarded as the greatest left-arm pacer of all time. Wasim holds the record of most List A wickets. He leads the charts with 881 wickets, 197 more than the second-placed Allan Donald. 502 of his wickets came in ODIs.

Wasim was 18 when he made his international debut against New Zealand at Faisalabad. He went on to play 104 Tests and 356 ODIs in an international career spanning almost two decades. He also had the honours of captaining Pakistan.

Wasim has 414 Test wickets at 23.62 and 502 wickets in ODIs at 23.52. He career coincided with some of the finest ODI batters in the opposition, like Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Dean Jones, Martin Crowe, Sourav Ganguly, Mark Waugh, etc. His economy rate reads a miserly 3.89 in ODIs.

He was a more than a handy all-rounder, having scored 3 Test hundreds. His 257* against Zimbabwe saw him share a 213-run eighth wicket stand with Saqlain Mushtaq.

Here are some selected articles on the legendary Wasim:

Wasim Akram: 15 facts you should know about the legendary Pakistani
Sourav Ganguly introduces Zaheer Khan to Wasim Akram: A tale of verbal bouncers
An XI of left-handers: all is right with these men
My favourite Wasim Akram spell comes from my first memory of watching him bowl
Pakistan’s All-Time ODI XI
Wasim Akram and a girl who never saw him play live
Wasim Akram: 5 most devastating spells
Summer of 1985: Wasim Akram turns cricketing arena turn into a war field
Wasim Akram took the art of swinging the old ball to the level of full-fledged course in sorcery
ICC World T20 2016: A Dream Team comprising of players who never played T20 cricket
Wasim Akram bowls Pakistan to victory with a magical hat-trick against West Indies at Sharjah
Wasim Akram’s second ODI hat-trick helps Pakistan win the Austral-Asia Cup
Wasim Akram’s 257 decimates hopeful Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura
When the Wasim Akram-Waqar Younis show was witnessed for the first time in Test cricket in 1990