Akram is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of cricket. He holds the world record for most wickets in List A cricket with 881 and is second only to Sri Lankan off-spin bowler, Muttiah Muralitharan in terms of ODI wickets with 502. He is considered to be one of the founders and perhaps the finest exponent of reverse swing bowling. Akram had a very special talent to move the ball both ways in one delivery which is called double swing of Wasim Akram. No one in cricket history has done it so far.
He was the first bowler to reach the 500-wicket mark in ODI cricket during the 2003 World Cup. In 2002 Wisden released its only list of best players of all time. Wasim was ranked as the best bowler in ODI of all time with a rating of 1223.5, ahead of Allan Donald, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Joel Garner, Glen McGrath and Muralitharan.] Wasim has taken 23 4-wicket hauls in ODI in 356 matches he played. On 30 September 2009, Akram was one of five new members inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He is the bowling coach of Kolkata Knight Riders. but took a break from the position for IPL 6 citing a need to spend more time with family.
Full name Wasim Akram
Born 3 June 1966 (age 47) Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Nickname WAZ, Sultan of Swing, The Two W's (with Waqar Younis), King of Swing
Batting style Left hand bat
Bowling style Left arm fast
National side Pakistan
Test debut ) 25 January 1985 v New Zealand
Last Test 9 January 2002 v Bangladesh
ODI debut 23 November 1984 v New Zealand
Last ODI 1 March 2003 v India
ODI shirt no. 3