On this day in 1971, a child was born in Vehari, Pakistan; 19 years later, he went on to play for Pakistan cricket team. It was yet another addition to the fast bowling greats of Pakistan. We are talking about Waqar Younis – one of the two Ws who devastated whole batting lineups with his pace and swing.
The world’s best batsmen feared his deadly in-swinging yorkers, his lethal pace and his accurate bouncers. The right arm pacer went on to break a number of records in addition to leading Pakistan side.
On his 46th birthday, ProPakistani has compiled five of the best spells in limited overs cricket by the legendary fast bolwer.
5/31 vs India Coca-Cola Cup (Sharjah, 2000)
Waqar’s ability to single-handedly rip apart the batting line-ups made him special. His fierce spell of bowling while defending 272 made India crumble, helping Pakistan win the match by 98 runs.
6/30 vs New Zealand (Auckland, 1994)
Pakistan team was in a red-hot form during their tour to New Zealand.With 3-0 up in the series, Pakistan could manage 161/9 in thier 50 overs. Waqar Younis was in no mood to let the Kiwi side get away with a win. The rest is history; how he dismantled the well-settled New Zealand batting line was truly spectacular.
Thanks to his brilliant spell, New Zealand were bundled out for 161, the match resulted in a tie.
6-26 vs Sri Lanka (Sharjah, 1990)
After setting a massive total of 311/8, Pakistan bowled out the opposition for 221; Waqar’s unplayable deliveries helped him finish with figures of 6-26.
4/33 vs New Zealand (East London, 1994)
Waqar Younis’s first hattrick came against New Zealand in Mandela Trophy 1994 when he clean bowled the last three batsmen with furiously swinging deliveries, bowling out the opposition for 172. Pakistan went on to win the match by 5 wickets.
5/25 vs South Africa (Durban, 1993)
Chasing 209, South Africa were well on their way to victory at 159/2 when Waqar Younis happened. His brutal spell of 5-25 helped Pakistan overcome the hosts by 10 runs.
ProPakistani wishes the great Waqar Younis a very ‘Happy Birthday’.