Wasim Akram is happy to have lead his team to victory in the same 1992 match against England by just two wickets © AFP
Wasim Akram is happy to have lead his team to victory in the same 1992 match against England by just two wickets © AFP

Achieving a milestone at the Mecca of cricket – Lord’s, is a different experience all together. However, Pakistan’s former all-rounder Wasim Akram has the only regret of not securing his milestone of five-wicket haul at Lord’s. Akram holds the record of 25 five-wicket hauls and find his name etched on the famous Honours Board at Lord’s. But the legendary left-armer proudly says that one of his finest moments as a batsman came at the Home of Cricket. Akram played four Tests at Lord’s during his career, including a haul of 4 for 66 against England in 1992, but was unable to take five wickets in an innings. ALSO READ: Wasim Akram unhappy with Pakistan’s mentality in ODIs vs England

But it was his bat that did the talking against England that helped Pakistan win by just two wickets. That provides him great satisfaction. Chasing 138 runs to win, the tourists slumped to 95 for 8 before Akram (45 not out) and Waqar Younis (20 not out) steered their side to a memorable win. Speaking to lords.org, Akram said, “That was an historic Test match. I scored 257 in Test cricket (against Zimbabwe in 1996), but that definitely was one of my best batting moments. Hitting the winning runs, at Lord’s, against England. Ultimate. The only regret I have as a bowler is I’ve got 25 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket, not at Lord’s.”

It is not just Akram whose name has not been etched on famous Honours Board. The other greats include Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Brian Lara, Muttiah Muralidharan and Dennis Lillee, who missed to celebrate their milestone at Lord’s. But Akram has nothing to lose as he lead his side to victory as captain in this famous ground by 164 runs in 1996 when Inzamam-ul-Haq scored a century and five second-innings wicket from Mushtaq Ahmed and have their names adorned on the Honours Board for the same. ALSO READ: Wasim Akram: Saqlain Mushtaq’s presence will make a difference in England’s performance

Akram added, “Winning in England is a massive deal but winning at Lord’s is even bigger. As a captain it was one of my achievements that I won at Lord’s against England. I think this is the ultimate ground for any cricketer to play here or even witness a cricket match here. It’s the best in the world.”