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Swing Sultan is celebrating his 51St birthday

He’s the fastest to the 400 ODI wickets club & holds record for best ODI figures by a captain with his figures of 7 for 36 against England in 2001. He’s the only bowler in ODI history to claim 3 consecutive 4 wicket hauls in 3 occasions & his figures of 13 for 155 against Zimbabwe only comes second to Courtney Walsh as the best bowling figures by a captain in a Test match. With 27 four wicket hauls he holds the record for most no of 4 wicket hauls in ODI cricket. Here’s wishing a very happy birthday to former Pakistan pacer & captain Waqar Younis. 1992 Wisden cricketer & one of the masters of reverse swing bowling is turning 51 today.

It was on November 16, 1971, that famous Cricketer from Pakistan, WAQAR YOUNIS MAITLA was born.
Younis made his International cricket debut for Pakistan against India on 16 November 1989, in the same match that Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar made his debut. Waqar took 4 wickets in the drawn match including the wickets of Tendulkar and Kapil Dev. He made an immediate impression with his speed and became known in the cricket media as “Wiki” or the “Burewala Express”. Waqar along with Wasim Akram opened the bowling attack regularly for Pakistan, becoming a feared and potent attack
The man who really put the reverse into swing. Waqar Younis bucked the 1980s trend of pitching fast and short by pitching fast and full. Not an obvious recipe for success until you factor in prodigious late inswing, which was designed to smash into the base of leg stump or the batsman’s toes. In his youth, he was one of the fastest ever.
Waqar’s surging run was a glorious sight – and an incredible strain on his body. His method of aiming for the stumps rather than the batsman earned him the best strike rate of any bowler with over 200 Test wickets, till Dale Steyn came along. It could have been better: back injuries cut short his prime, but determination has always resurrected him, although he was easily pushed over the line that divides aggression and intimidation.
He looked to have been put out to pasture by the end of 2000, but before long he had been appointed captain for the 2001 tour to England. Initial results suggested that this was an inspired move, but in October 2002 he was at the helm as Pakistan crumbled to 59 and 53 all out against Australia in Sharjah. He managed to retain the job for the World Cup, but a disastrous tournament – Pakistan beat only Holland and Namibia – meant an unceremonious exit. Unable to force his way back into a side building for the future, he announced his retirement in April 2004. As a batsman, lusty blows were his staple, but Waqar batted with the air of a man who thinks he could have done better.
. He is also the only bowler to have taken 5 wickets in an innings in 3 consecutive One Day International matches. In terms of deliveries bowled, he has taken the fastest 300, 350 and 400 wickets in One Day International matches.
The next stage of his career began in March 2006, when he was appointed Pakistan’s bowling coach, and he also became a regular in the commentary box. In March 2010 he became head coach of Pakistan, a job he handled till August 2011. While Pakistan were embroiled in several off-field controversies during that period – the spot-fixing scandal in England and Zulqarnain Haider fleeing to the UK happened during those 18 months – the on-field results were pretty good: Pakistan drew a Test series in South Africa, won in New Zealand, and reached the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup. He was later shortlisted as one of the candidates for Australia’s bowling coach, while he also had a short coaching stint in the BPL, but his next high-profile assignment came in May 2014, when he returned as Pakistan’s coach for a second term.


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