List of international cricket five-wicket hauls by Shoaib Akhtar

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A man, in Pakistani national cricket team ODI uniform, just after delivering the ball.
Shoaib Akhtar took four five-wicket hauls in One Day International cricket.

Shoaib Akhtar, a Pakistani former cricketer, took 16 five-wicket hauls during his career in international cricket. A five-wicket haul (also known as a "five–for" or "fifer")[1] refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a notable achievement,[2] and as of 2014 only 41 bowlers have taken more than 15 five-wicket hauls at international level in their cricketing careers.[3][4] A fast bowler who represented his country from 1997 to 2011, BBC described Shoaib as "one of the fastest bowlers ever to play the game".[5]

Shoaib made his Test debut in 1997 against the West Indies at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, where he took two wickets in the first innings.[6] His first Test five-wicket haul came the following year against South Africa, a match Pakistan won at the Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban.[7] Shoaib took a pair of five-wicket hauls against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve, Wellington in December 2003.[8] His career-best figures for an innings were 6 wickets for 11 runs against New Zealand at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, in May 2002.[9] Shoaib took twelve five-wicket hauls in Test cricket and ten or more wickets per match twice in the format.[8][10]

Having made his One Day International (ODI) debut in October 1998 against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club,[11] Shoaib's first five-wicket haul came against New Zealand in 2001, a match Pakistan won at the Eden Park, Auckland.[12] His best bowling performance in ODIs was 6 wickets for 16 runs against New Zealand at the National Stadium, Karachi, in December 2001.[13] Shoaib played 19 Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan, however he never took a five-wicket haul in this format.[14] He retired from international cricket after the 2011 Cricket World Cup.[15] As of 2014, he is sixth in the list of five-wicket haul takers for Pakistan, all formats of the game combined.[16]

Key

Key for the Test and ODI five-wicket hauls tables
Symbol Meaning
Date Date the match was held, or starting date of the match for Test matches
Inn Innings of the match in which the five-wicket haul was taken
Overs Number of overs bowled in that innings
Runs Runs conceded
Wkts Number of wickets taken
Econ Bowling economy rate (average runs per over)
Batsmen Batsmen whose wickets were taken in the five-wicket haul
Result Result for Pakistan in that match
dagger Shoaib selected as "Man of the match"
double-dagger 10 wickets or more taken in the match
* One of two five-wicket hauls by Shoaib in a match

Tests

Five-wicket hauls in Test cricket by Shoaib Akhtar
No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 28 February 1998 Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Durban  South Africa 2 12 43 5 3.58 Won[7]
2 5 March 2000 Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar  Sri Lanka 1 24.3 75 5 3.06 Lost[17]
3 31 January 2002dagger Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah
(neutral venue)
 West Indies 4 16 24 5 1.50 Won[18]
4 1 May 2002 Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore  New Zealand 2 8.2 11 6 1.32 Won[19]
5 3 October 2002 P Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo
(neutral venue)
 Australia 3 8 21 5 2.62 Lost[20]
6 27 August 2003daggerdouble-dagger Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar  Bangladesh 1 22.5 50 6 2.18 Won[10]
7 26 December 2003daggerdouble-dagger* Basin Reserve, Wellington  New Zealand 1 30.3 48 5 2.34 Won[8]
8 26 December 2003daggerdouble-dagger* Basin Reserve, Wellington  New Zealand 3 18 30 6 1.66 Won[8]
9 20 October 2004 Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad  Sri Lanka 1 19 60 5 3.15 Lost[21]
10 16 December 2004 WACA Ground, Perth  Australia 1 22 99 5 4.50 Lost[22]
11 26 December 2004 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne  Australia 2 27 109 5 4.03 Lost[23]
12 29 November 2005 Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore  England 3 19 71 5 3.73 Won[24]

One Day Internationals

Five-wicket hauls in ODI cricket by Shoaib Akhtar
No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 17 February 2001dagger Eden Park, Auckland  New Zealand 1 6.3 19 5 2.92 Won[12]
2 21 April 2002dagger National Stadium, Karachi  New Zealand 2 9 16 6 1.77 Won[13]
3 19 June 2002dagger Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane  Australia 2 8 25 5 3.12 Won[25]
4 12 December 2005 Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore  England 1 8.4 54 5 6.23 Won[26]

References

  1. ^ "Swinging it for the Auld Enemy – An interview with Ryan Sidebottom". The Scotsman. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 21 October 2012. ... I'd rather take fifers (five wickets) for England ... 
  2. ^ Pervez, M. A. (2001). A Dictionary of Cricket. Orient Blackswan. p. 31. ISBN 978-81-7370-184-9. 
  3. ^ "Test Matches: Bowling Records – Most five-wickets-in-an-innings in a career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "One-Day Internationals: Bowling Records – Most five-wickets-in-an-innings in a career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar to retire after World Cup". BBC Sports. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "West Indies in Pakistan Test Series – 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Pakistan in South Africa Test Series – 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Pakistan in New Zealand Test Series – 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Pakistan in New Zealand Test Series – 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Bangladesh in Pakistan Test Series – 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Pakistan in Zimbabwe ODI Series – 1st ODI". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Pakistan in New Zealand ODI Series – 1st match, Group B". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "New Zealand in Pakistan ODI Series – 1st match, Group B". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "Shoaib Akhtar". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  15. ^ Samiuddin, Usman (17 March 2011). "Shoaib Akhtar to retire after World Cup". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Cricket Records – Records – Pakistan – Combined Test, ODI and T20I – Most five-wickets-in-an-innings". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "Sri Lanka in Pakistan Test Series – 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "Pakistan v West Indies Test Series – 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  19. ^ "New Zealand in Pakistan Test Series – 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. [permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "Australia v Pakistan Test Series – 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "Sri Lanka in Pakistan Test Series – 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Pakistan in Australia Test Series – 1st Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  23. ^ "Pakistan in Australia Test Series – 2nd Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  24. ^ "England in Pakistan Test Series – 3rd Test Match". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  25. ^ "Pakistan in Australia ODI Series – 3rd ODI". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  26. ^ "England in Pakistan ODI Series – 2nd ODI". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 

External links

  • "Player profile of Shoaib Akhtar". CricketArchive. 
  • "Statistics – Statsguru – Shoaib Akhtar – Test matches". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. 
  • "Statistics – Statsguru – Shoaib Akhtar – One Day Internationals". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. 
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