Wasim Akram (7/10)

Wasim Akram’s flight from someone who had never played competitive cricket to “The King of Swing” is as insane as his fearsome bowling spells later in his career. In fact he could not even make his college team. However, his magic moment came when he participated in trials for the national team, and serving as a spectator the first two days, he finally got the chance to play on the third. It will be completely fair to say that the 1992 world cup win owes a lot to Wasim Akram. He and Waqar Younis had made such a formidable bowling partnership that they were virtually unplayable. Hatricks, bowling spells, and accumulation of wickets became a norm for this young cricketer, who managed to pierce through the defenses of batsmen who were deemed invincible. He became one of the best bowlers in the history of cricket and finished his career as the best bowler in the history of Pakistan in both ODI and test formats.

Some extra trivia for you: Wasim Akram remained the leading wicket taker with a mammoth number of 502 ODI wickets to his name, until Sri Lankan player Muttiah Muralitharan took the record away from him on 5th February 2009 with 502 wickets.

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