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5 batting records that Wasim Akram broke during his 257-run knock against Zimbabwe

Omkar Mankame
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Wasim Akram – the legendary Pakistani cricketer was loved world-over for his magical abilities with the ball in hand. When Akram bowled, the ball would act like a genie that fulfilled every wish of his master. One of the greatest batsmen ever, Brian Lara, singled Akram out as the only bowler he could never decipher.

414 Test wickets and 502 One day International wickets tell us the story of the havoc that Akram caused with the ball on the 22-yard strip. Today, however, we look at his most neglected aspect, his batting.

The innings that we focus on today shows the batting potential that was there but never got fulfilled. Wasim Akram's innings of 257 not out against Zimbabwe in 1996 broke many records, here are the most important of them. 

#1 Highest individual score batting at number 8

Even in the age where almost every lower order batsman is capable of hitting a fifty in no time, it is surprising that this record still belongs to Wasim Akram. To be fair to him, no one in recent time has come even remotely close to his 257 runs tally.

Replying to Zimbabwe’s first innings total of 375, Pakistan lost wickets at regular intervals and found themselves languishing at 183/6. The left-handed batsman, Wasim Akram came out to bat next, hitting his way out of the trouble. His partners fell one by one but Akram remained not out till the end, accumulating 257 runs.

Surprisingly the top-3 highest individual scores batting at number 8 in Tests all belong to Pakistan. Imtiaz Ahmed – 209 versus New Zealand in 1955 and Kamran Akmal – 154 versus England in 2005 are next on the list.

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Omkar Mankame
Cricket writer who finds his romance in Cricket's history. Enjoys all formats of the game and is positive about Test cricket's future.
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