A bowler can get a batter out in a variety of ways, but getting a batter out bowled is special. The sound of the ball hitting the timber, i.e., the stumps, is a sight to behold for any bowler. In this article, we will look at some of the Pakistani bowlers who have taken the most wickets as bowled across all formats.
1. Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram, a former Pakistan pace bowler and captain, first played for Pakistan on the international stage in 1984 in a one-day international against New Zealand at Faisalabad. Until 2003, he appeared in 460 ODI and Test cricket matches. He had 916 international wickets to his name, 278 of which were taken as bowled.
2. Waqar Younis
Waqar Younis was a former right-arm fast bowler for Pakistan from 1989 to 2003, during which he played in 349 international matches. Waqar picked up a total of 789 international wickets, of which 253 were bowled. His 32.06 percent of wickets came as bowled, which places him second on our list.
3. Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi, a former Pakistan captain and right-arm leg break bowler, is placed third on our list. Shahid Afridi stepped into international cricket in 1996 in a one-day international against Kenya at Nairobi. Until 2018, he played in 524 matches in all for Pakistan, Asia XI, and ICC XI. He took 541 wickets at an average of 32.78, of which 155 were bowled.
4. Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar, the right-arm pace bowler from Rawalpindi, is placed fourth on our list. From 1997 to 2011, Akhtar played in 224 matches on the international stage and picked up 444 wickets at an average of 25.16, with 154 of his wickets coming as bowled.
5. Imran Khan
Next to show up on our list is Imran Khan, one of Pakistan’s most successful captains and an all-rounder par excellence. From 1971 to 1992, Imran played in 263 matches for Pakistan across the Test and one-day formats. He picked up 544 wickets at an average of 24.08, with 150 wickets coming in the form of bowled.
6. Umar Gul
Umar Gul, another fast bowler from Pakistan, registers his name on our list. Gul hailed from Peshawar, in the North-Western Frontier Province, and played in a total of 237 matches for Pakistan from 2003 to 2016. He picked up 427 wickets at an average of 26.68, with 28.8 percent of his wickets, i.e., 123 wickets, coming in the form of bowled.
7. Abdul Razzaq
Abdul Razzaq was a right-handed batter and a right-arm medium bowler for Pakistan who first played a match for Pakistan in 1996. Until 2013, he featured in 343 matches for Pakistan and Asia XI combined and took 389 wickets at an average of 32.52 with a best bowling figure of 6 for 35. Out of the 389 wickets, 99 came in the form of bowled, placing him seventh on our list.
8. Saqlain Mushtaq
Saqlain Mushtaq was a former right-arm off-break bowler from Lahore, Punjab, and is currently the head coach of the Pakistan National Cricket Team. Saqlain played in both Tests and ODIs for Pakistan. His first match on the international stage was a Test match against Sri Lanka at Peshawar. Until 2004, he appeared in 218 matches and took 496 wickets at an average of 25.16, with 90 of those wickets being bowled.
9. Saeed Ajmal
Next, we have Saeed Ajmal, the right-arm off break bowler from Faisalabad, Punjab, placed ninth on our list. From 2008 to 2015, he appeared in 212 matches for Pakistan across all formats, taking 447 wickets at an average of 23.93 and a best bowling figure of 7 for 55. He took 85 of his wickets as bowled, which makes him register his name on our list.
10. Abdul Qadir
Abdul Qadir was a right-arm leg break bowler from Lahore, Punjab, who first played for Pakistan in 1977 in a Test match against England at Lahore. Until 1993, he played in 171 matches for Pakistan, both in Tests and one-day cricket combined, and took 368 wickets at an average of 30.42. His 82 wickets came in the form of a bowled which places him tenth on our list.