Waqar Younis

Country: Pakistan
Born: November 16, 1971, Vehari, Punjab
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Playing role: Bowler

Waqar Younis Bio

Waqar Younis Maitla, commonly known as Waqar Younis, is a former professional cricket player and coach from Pakistan. Born on November 16, 1971, in Vehari, Punjab, Pakistan, Waqar is considered one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of the sport. His aggressive style of bowling, combined with his exceptional ability to swing the ball late, made him a formidable force on the cricket field.

From a young age, Waqar displayed immense talent and potential in cricket. Known for his surging run-up and his ability to generate pace, he quickly gained the reputation as one of the fastest bowlers of his time. Waqar’s unorthodox method of aiming for the stumps rather than the batsman proved to be highly effective, earning him the best strike rate of any bowler with over 200 Test wickets at that time.

Throughout his career, Waqar faced numerous challenges, particularly with injuries. Back problems plagued him and limited the longevity of his prime years. However, his determination and resilience always brought him back to the game. Despite the setbacks, he continued to prove his worth on the field and maintain his position as one of Pakistan’s leading cricketers.

In 2001, Waqar was appointed as the captain of the Pakistan cricket team for their tour of England. Initially, his captaincy showed promise, but a disastrous performance in the World Cup led to his unceremonious exit. Unable to secure a place in the team during a rebuilding phase, he announced his retirement from international cricket in April 2004.

Following his retirement, Waqar embarked on a career in coaching and commentary. In March 2006, he was appointed as Pakistan’s bowling coach and later became a regular in the commentary box. From March 2010 to August 2011, he served as the head coach of the Pakistan cricket team, achieving notable success during his tenure.

Under Waqar’s coaching, Pakistan drew a Test series in South Africa, won matches in New Zealand, and reached the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup. Despite various off-field controversies during this period, Waqar’s ability to lead and strategize on the field produced commendable results.

In May 2014, Waqar returned as Pakistan’s coach for a second term, further solidifying his position as one of the most influential figures in Pakistani cricket. His experience, expertise, and deep understanding of the game have made him a sought-after coach and mentor.

Throughout his cricketing career, Waqar Younis Maitla has left an indelible mark on the sport. His explosive pace, lethal reverse swing, and unwavering determination made him a force to be reckoned with. Aspiring cricketers around the world continue to draw inspiration from Waqar’s achievements and his unwavering love for the game.

Waqar Younis Career Stats

Waqar Younis Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 87 120 21 1010 45 10.2 2106 47.95 0 0 133 16 18 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 262 139 45 969 37 10.3 1445 67.05 0 0 58 21 35 0
FC 228 283 61 2972 64 13.38 - - 0 6 - - 58 0
List A 411 215 66 1553 45 10.42 - - 0 0 - - 56 0
T20s 7 3 2 6 6 6 5 120 0 0 1 0 1 0

Waqar Younis Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 87 154 16224 8788 373 7/76 13/135 23.56 3.25 43.4 28 22 5
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 262 258 12698 9919 416 7/36 7/36 23.84 4.68 30.5 14 13 0
FC 228 - 39182 21350 956 8/17 - 22.33 3.26 40.9 - 63 14
List A 411 - 19811 15083 674 7/36 7/36 22.37 4.56 29.3 27 17 0
T20s 7 7 156 181 5 3/21 3/21 36.2 6.96 31.2 0 0 0

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