Cricket is a game full of strategies and strengths. When we talk about power, it does not only mean batting. The trickiest part of the game is bowling. A player who correctly uses his bowling technique on the field owns the entire game. Each bowler has their unique way of bowling, and that’s their specialty. Bowling is equally essential as batting because if the batsmen fail to score good runs, the game automatically depends on the bowlers. Now, I will introduce you to the Top 10 bowlers from Pakistan and their bowling technique.
1. Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram is one of the excellent fast bowlers around the globe who was also the coach and the Captain of the Pakistan cricket team. He was a left-armed fast bowler with all the possible qualities of a fast bowler, pace, cut and swing, etc. According to Imran Khan, Akram was arguably the most naturally gifted bowler. Besides, he was also a good batsman in the middle order. The all-rounder cricketer is the leading test wicket-taker.
2. Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis, one of the quickest bowlers from Pakistan, was a destructive weapon in cricket. His bowling skills and manners left experienced fast bowlers behind. Most of his wickets were leg-stumped or leg before. The batsmen unpredicted the tricky pace of bowling used by Younis. Waqar Younis ruled the pitch with his bowling skills in the ’90s.
3. Saeed Ajmal
Saeed Ajmal is currently a cricket coach and played in all facets. He was a great all-rounder and a right-arm off-spin bowler. He was also the opening batsman and got regarded as one of the best spinners in the world. The bowler willingly played for test matches and ODI’s. However, his career only lasted for a decade, but he didn’t fail to inscribe his name in the list of best bowlers from Pakistan.
4. Shoaib Akhtar
The Don of Pakistan Cricket team, Shoaib Akhtar, was the harmful bowler during the ’90s. His bulky body, swift moves, the fearless walk was enough to frighten any batsman facing him. Besides, the bowler holds a world record with the title of the fastest bowler with the delivery of 161.3 km/h. The form is still not cracked by any other bowler. Fast bowling was his specialty but, he could also end the batsmen with his loopy slower and swing balls.
5. Imran Khan
The handsome young man was arguably a blessing for the Pakistan Cricket Team in the ’90s. Not only a great batsman, but he was also a good bowler. The fact that Pakistan cricket is specifically famous for Imran Khan is actual. No one wanted to miss the sight of Imran Khan performing on the field. He was probably assumed to be the golden era’s hero when the Cricketer brought the World Cup Trophy for his country in 1992. He has taken 362 wickets in test matches and 182 in ODI.
6. Abdul Razzaq
Abdul Razzaq is a former all-rounder cricketer who performed in all game forms. He was a right-arm medium-fast bowler who usually played for tests and ODI’s. He has scored over 5000 runs in ODI and seized 269 wickets. In 2007, the Cricketer met with several injuries that led to poor performance, and hence, he took a break from international cricket. However, in 2013 he retired from international cricket and focused on the other game series. Eventually, he had an excellent contribution to cricket.
7. Aaqib Javed
Aaqib Javed Sandhu was only 16 when he started playing for the Pakistan cricket team and ended his cricket career in 1998 when he was 26. Another aggressive fast bowler with a two-way swing and a decent pace. The bowler couldn’t make a lengthier career and played only 22 test matches and 168 ODI’s over the decade. The bowler feels that because Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram were equally talented and more into the limelight, he couldn’t flourish with his game. Another reason for his short career was when the bowler stepped on the wrong path and was caught guilty in match-fixing. Yet, the bowler did manage to find a way and play for his country as long as he could.
8. Umar Gul
Umar Gul was the next exceptional fast bowler after the impeccable performance, majorly in T20’s. After Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, Umar was considered the best. The bowler did a great start in 2003 and had to discontinue due to significant injuries. The bowler started back again in 2013 after recovering and getting trained. But unfortunately, due to severe injuries, the bowler couldn’t significantly impact his skills and ended his career with 85 wickets in 60 T20’s.
9. Abdul Qadir
Abdul Qadir is a former international cricketer who performed for Pakistan. He was the best leg spinner during the ’80s. Qadir is considered the “master of leg-spin, top spins, clippers, and the googlies.” He was an idol for upcoming leg spinners. His career halted with 236 wickets in 67 Tests and 132 in 104 ODI.
10. Fazal Mahmood
Fazal Mahmood was a great swing bowler who was unstoppable. No matter how bad the pitch was, the bowler was stocked up with enthusiasm and always managed to seize a considerable number of wickets. In a test series against England, West Indies, Australia, and India, Fazal Mahmood took more than 12 wickets, a moment still remembered by many.