List of international cricket five-wicket hauls by Wasim Akram

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Former Pakistan captain, Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram, a retired Pakistani cricketer, took 31 five-wicket hauls during his career in international cricket. In cricket, a five-wicket haul (also known as a "five–for" or "fifer")[1][2] refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a notable achievement,[3] and as of 2014 only 41 bowlers have taken more than 15 five-wicket hauls at international level in their cricketing careers.[4][5] A left-arm fast bowler who represented his country between 1984 and 2003, the BBC described Akram as "[o]ne of the greatest left-arm bowlers in the history of world cricket",[6] while West Indian batsman Brian Lara said that Akram was "definitely the most outstanding bowler [I] ever faced".[7]

Akram made his Test debut in January 1985,[8] in an innings defeat by New Zealand in Auckland.[9] The following Test, in a man-of-the-match performance, he took ten wickets over the two innings, securing his first two five-wicket hauls but still ended on the losing side.[10] He took another pair of five-wicket hauls in a single match five years later, against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).[11] His career-best figures for an innings were 7 wickets for 119 runs against New Zealand in Wellington, in February 1994.[8]

Making his One Day International (ODI) debut in 1984 against New Zealand in Faisalabad, Akram's first ODI five-wicket haul came the following year against Australia in a match which Pakistan won at the MCG.[12] In 1989, he took five wickets in an innings, in a performance that included a hat-trick (three wickets in consecutive deliveries), against the West Indies.[13] His career-best bowling in ODI cricket was 5 wickets for 15 runs against Zimbabwe in Karachi, in December 1993.[8]

Retiring from international cricket in 2003 after nearly 20 years,[8] Akram took 25 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket and 6 in ODIs. As of 2014, his position in the all-time lists for taking five wickets in an innings the most times is seventh overall in both Tests and ODIs.[4][5]

Key

Symbol Meaning
Date Date the match was held. Starting date of the match for Test matches.
Overs Number of overs bowled in that innings.
Runs Runs conceded.
Wkts Number of wickets taken.
Batsmen The batsmen whose wickets were taken in the five-wicket haul.
Econ Bowling economy rate (average runs per over).
Inn The innings of the match in which the five-wicket haul was taken.
Result The result for the Pakistan team in that match.
MoM Wasim Akram was selected "Man of the match".
* 10 wickets or more taken in the match.

Tests

No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 9 February 1985 MoM* Carisbrook, Dunedin  New Zealand 2 26.0 56 5 2.15 Lost[10]
2 9 February 1985 MoM* Carisbrook, Dunedin  New Zealand 4 33.0 72 5 2.18 Lost[10]
3 24 October 1986 MoM Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad  West Indies 2 25.0 91 6 3.64 Won[14]
4 11 February 1987 Eden Gardens, Calcutta  India 1 31.0 96 5 3.09 Drawn[15]
5 9 December 1989 Jinnah Stadium, Sialkot  India 1 28.2 101 5 3.56 Drawn[16]
6 12 January 1990 MoM* Melbourne Cricket Ground  Australia 1 30.0 62 6 2.06 Lost[11]
7 12 January 1990 MoM* Melbourne Cricket Ground  Australia 3 41.4 98 5 2.35 Lost[11]
8 19 January 1990 Adelaide Oval  Australia 2 43.0 100 5 2.32 Drawn[17]
9 6 December 1990 Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore  West Indies 3 9.0 28 5 3.11 Drawn[18]
10 2 July 1992 Old Trafford, Manchester  England 2 36.0 128 5 3.55 Drawn[19]
11 6 August 1992 MoM Kennington Oval, London  England 1 22.1 67 6 3.02 Won[20]
12 2 January 1993 MoM Trust Bank Park, Hamilton  New Zealand 2 22.0 45 5 2.04 Won[21]
13 9 December 1993 Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi  Zimbabwe 4 23.2 65 5 2.78 Won[22]
14 10 February 1994 MoM Eden Park, Auckland  New Zealand 3 16.1 43 6 2.65 Won[23]
15 17 February 1994 MoM* Basin Reserve, Wellington  New Zealand 2 37.0 119 7 3.21 Won[24]
16 9 August 1994 Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo  Sri Lanka 4 18.0 43 5 2.38 Won[25]
17 28 September 1994 National Stadium, Karachi  Australia 3 22.0 63 5 2.86 Won[26]
18 7 February 1995 MoM Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo  Zimbabwe 3 22.3 43 5 1.91 Won[27]
19 8 September 1995 MoM Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar  Sri Lanka 2 20.0 55 5 2.75 Won[28]
20 8 December 1995 Lancaster Park, Christchurch  New Zealand 2 24.5 53 5 2.13 Won[29]
21 24 October 1996 MoM* Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad  Zimbabwe 1 20.0 48 6 2.40 Won[30]
22 27 November 1998 Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar  Zimbabwe 2 23.0 52 5 2.26 Lost[31]
23 25 May 2000 MoM* Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's, Antigua  West Indies 2 26.2 61 6 2.31 Won[32]
24 25 May 2000 MoM* Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's, Antigua  West Indies 4 30.0 49 5 1.63 Won[32]
25 14 June 2000 MoM Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo  Sri Lanka 3 15.3 45 5 2.90 Won[33]

One Day Internationals

No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 24 February 1985 MoM Melbourne Cricket Ground  Australia 2 8 21 5 2.62 Won[12]
2 14 October 1989 MoM Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium  West Indies 2 9.4 38 5 3.93 Won[13]
3 26 December 1992 MoM Basin Reserve, Wellington  New Zealand 2 9 19 5 2.11 Won[34]
4 15 February 1993 Buffalo Park, East London  South Africa 2 6.1 16 5 2.59 Won[35]
5 24 December 1993 MoM National Stadium, Karachi  Zimbabwe 1 7 15 5 2.14 Won[36]
6 16 February 2003 MoM De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley  Namibia 2 9 28 5 3.11 Won[37]

References

  1. ^ Buckle, Greg (30 April 2007). "Pigeon's almost perfect sendoff". Canberra Times. Retrieved 30 October 2009. McGrath didn't get the five-for that he had hoped for... 
  2. ^ "Swinging it for the Auld Enemy – An interview with Ryan Sidebottom". The Scotsman. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2009. ... I'd rather take fifers (five wickets) for England ... 
  3. ^ Pervez, M. A. (2001). A Dictionary of Cricket. Orient Blackswan. p. 31. ISBN 978-81-7370-184-9. 
  4. ^ a b "Records / Test matches / Bowling records / Most five-wickets-in-an-innings in a career". Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
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  6. ^ "Wasim Akram". BBC Sport. 3 January 2003. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Akram still Lara's No.1". Fox Sports. 29 March 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Wasim Akram". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Pakistan in New Zealand Test Series – 2nd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  10. ^ a b c "Pakistan in New Zealand Test Series – 3rd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  11. ^ a b c "Pakistan in Australia Test Series – 1st Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  12. ^ a b "Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket – 5th match, Group A". Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  13. ^ a b "Champions Trophy – 2nd match". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
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  16. ^ "Pakistan in India Test Series – 4th Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 November 2009. 
  17. ^ "Pakistan in Australia Test Series – 2nd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  18. ^ "West Indies in Pakistan Test Series – 3rd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
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  25. ^ "Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series – 1st Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 December 2009. 
  26. ^ "Australia in Pakistan Test Series – 1st Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  27. ^ "Pakistan in Zimbabwe Test Series – 2nd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  28. ^ "Sri Lanka in Pakistan Test Series – 1st Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
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  30. ^ "Zimbabwe in Pakistan Test Series – 2nd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
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  32. ^ a b "Pakistan in West Indies Test Series – 3rd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  33. ^ "Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series – 1st Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  34. ^ "Pakistan in New Zealand ODI Series – 1st ODI". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  35. ^ "Total International Series – 4th match". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  36. ^ "Zimbabwe in Pakistan ODI Series – 1st ODI". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  37. ^ "ICC World Cup – 14th match, Pool A". Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 

External links

  • "Statistics / Statsguru / Wasim Akram / Test matches". Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  • "Statistics / Statsguru / Wasim Akram / One-Day Internationals". Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
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