Arguably the greatest fast bowler of all time, Wasim Akram has turned 53 today. W0rld Cup 1992 final’s hero has given cricket fans plenty of memorable moments throughout his 20-year long career.
Hailed as the Sultan of Swing, Wasim Akram has played 356 ODIs and 104 Tests for Pakistan, taking 502 and 414 wickets respectively. His breathtaking spell of fast bowling in the World Cup final in 1992 changed Pakistan cricket forever. His wickets of Alan Lamb and Chris Lewis in successive balls on two mind-boggling deliveries still remain our favorite.
On his birthday, the social media platform, Twitter is swarmed with messages of love for the legend. Let’s have a look at what people are saying:
🔝 Most wickets by a fast bowler in ODIs
🔝 Most wickets by a left-armer in international cricket
Happy birthday to Wasim Akram, one of the most fearsome quicks of all time!icc pic.twitter.com/q7Wo8O4XQ9
— ICC (@ICC) June 3, 2019
5⃣0⃣2⃣ ODI wickets
4⃣1⃣4⃣ Test wickets
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) June 3, 2019
Happy birthday Wasim Akram!
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 2, 2019
One and only.
– There is, there was & there will always be only one "Wasim Akram", Happy Birthday to the pride of Pakistan, the legend we all know as the "Sultan Of Swing"… #HappyBirthdayWasimakram #Cricket #Pakistan pic.twitter.com/zoB9bt9fJj
— Arsalan H. Shah – Proud Pakistani 🇵🇰 (@arsalanhshah) June 2, 2019
Records tumbled when he used to bowl.
He is the only bowler to take more than one hat trick in both test and ODI…
Happy Birthday Wasim Akram!
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) June 3, 2019
414 Test wickets
502 ODI wickets
Happy birthday to the most Lethal and finest Left Arm Fast bowler Wasim Akram pic.twitter.com/QAzbeueoYb
— mzzza hassoo (@maaz_ha55an) June 3, 2019
Happy Birthday, Sultan of Swing.
916 International Wickets, 23.57 Bowling Average, 31 fifers, 6 10fers.
Arguably the GREATEST FAST BOWLER in the History of Cricket. Happy Birthday To The Sultan Of Swing, WASIM AKRAM. pic.twitter.com/mUrtTE13Cd
— Arif Naveed (@ArifN786) June 3, 2019
He was a more than handy all-rounder as well.
460 International matches, 916 wickets, 6615 runs, 4 hattricks, 3 Test centuries and one of the alltime great bowlers, also, holds the world record for most sixes in a Test inns (12) when he smashed 257 batting at No8. Happy Birthday to the great Wasim Akram. @wasimakramlive. 🔥
— Daniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) June 3, 2019
Those magical words.
On eve of Pak-Eng match today- Richie Benaud’s famous words from 1992 final “Wasim Akram is on a hat-trick”
Someone may break record of 900+ international wickets and 4 hat-tricks until then there is only one Wasim
— Vinayak Thakur (@vinthakur) June 3, 2019
The greatest of all time.
There will never be another Wasim Akram. Even if they keep looking for
the next Akram forever, they will never find him. The greatest of them all… Happy Birthday legend. GOAT. @wasimakramlive pic.twitter.com/ag5GgHHLSk
— Chinmay Jawalekar (@CricfreakTweets) June 3, 2019
What’s your favorite Wasim Akram moment? Let us know in the comments section.