#1 Wasim Akram – 257* vs. Zimbabwe, Sheikhpura (1996)
Renowned for his mastery with the ball, it is quite easy to forget that Wasim Akram was more than a capable lower-order batsman, contributing vital runs to Pakistan’s cause. On October 20, 1996, the ‘Sultan of Swing’ wrote his name into the history books not for his bowling craft, but with the willow in hand, smashing an unbeaten 257 against Zimbabwe at the Sheikhpura Stadium. To this date, the record stands as the highest score at number eight in Test cricket.
In reply to Zimbabwe’s 375, Pakistan’s first innings was in tatters at 183 for six, in danger of conceding a huge lead. In came the captain, Wasim Akram, fully intent on playing his shots. Everything in the slot headed the distance as the spinners were mercilessly carted straight over their heads, or swept nonchalantly behind square. First combining with Moin Khan, and later for a colossal partnership with Saqlain Mushtaq, Akram rescued the innings, earning Pakistan a draw and avoid a possible humiliation at home.