Wasim Akram was the bowling coach of KKR from 2010 to 2016.
The small ground of Sharjah has been famous for the big blasts of the batsmen. Big and unmatched innings have been played here. In such a situation, when a bowler shines in Sharjah and leaves his mark among the batsmen, then it is bound to come in the discussion. The Sharjah stadium is currently seen to be a witness to the matches of IPL 2021. The most recent match in this episode was played here between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals. This match was the second qualifier of IPL 2021, through which the second finalist of this season was found. But, we are not going to talk about this match here but about a match played in Sharjah exactly 32 years ago. The match in which there was no batsman but a bowler shone on the small ground of Sharjah, whose age was then 23 years old and the name was – Wasim Akram.
Yes, former Pakistan captain and fast bowler Wasim Akram may have retired from cricket now. Even though now his age is 55. But, in 1989, when he was 23 years old, he wreaked havoc with his bowling in a match played for Pakistan in Sharjah on 14 October. That match was against West Indies, in which left-arm fast bowler Wasim Akram took 5 wickets with a hat-trick.
Pakistan and West Indies were face to face in Sharjah
In the match, Pakistan batted first and scored 250 runs for 8 wickets in 50 overs. The innings for Pakistan was started by Rameez Raja, who is now the new chairman of PCB, and Shoaib Mohammad. But only an opening partnership of 31 runs could be formed between them. Rameez Raja got out after scoring 17 runs. Shoaib Mohammad and captain Imran Khan scored the highest 45-45 runs in the middle order.
Now West Indies had a target of 251 runs, chasing their opening partnership was settled early but there was a great partnership between Desmond Haynes and Richie Richardson for the second wicket. Imran Khan dismissed both Haynes and Richardson. But, before getting out, both of them had laid the foundation for the victory of West Indies. Which was further strengthened by Viv Richards’ 46 and Carlisle Best’s 53 in the middle order. But the real twist was yet to come in the story of West Indies moving fast towards victory. And, he brought Wasim Akram.
Wasim Akram took 5 wickets with a hat-trick
After this, Wasim Akram took the fourth hat-trick of ODI cricket history by taking 3 wickets in 3 consecutive balls. In his hat-trick, he took the wickets of wicketkeeper Geoff Dujon, Malcolm Marshall, and Curtly Ambrose. After this hat-trick, the West Indies team, which was on 209 for 6, now had 9 wickets for 210 runs. Wasim Akram took 5 wickets giving 38 runs in 9.4 overs in the match with this hat-trick. On the basis of his performance, Pakistan also won the match by 11 runs, for which he also became the man of the match.
Akram has been the bowling coach of KKR
Former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram has also been a part of IPL. He was the bowling coach of KKR for 6 years in the IPL. When Kolkata Knight Riders won the IPL title for the first time in the year 2012, even then its bowling coach was Wasim Akram.
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