Wasim Bari

Country: Pakistan
Born: March 23, 1948, Karachi, Sind
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Bowler
Playing role: Wicketkeeper Batter

Wasim Bari Bio

Wasim Bari is undoubtedly one of Pakistan’s cricketing legends, known for his exceptional wicketkeeping skills and invaluable contributions to the game. Born on March 23, 1948, in Karachi, Pakistan, Bari’s passion for cricket was evident from a young age. Throughout his career, he showcased his talent, dedication, and resilience, leaving an indelible mark on the sport.

Bari’s prowess as a wicketkeeper was nothing short of remarkable. While he may not have been the most flamboyant or acrobatic behind the stumps, his dependability and safe pair of hands quickly made him a standout player. His ability to consistently catch the ball, execute flawless stumpings, and apply accurate run-outs often proved vital to Pakistan’s success.

Imran Khan, the legendary cricketer and Bari’s captain, had immense faith in his abilities. Imran considered Bari to be as good as England’s renowned wicketkeeper, Alan Knott, safeguarding the position for Pakistan and ensuring his selection for numerous matches. Bari’s remarkable record of 228 dismissals, including 27 stumpings, in his 81 Test matches still stands as a testament to his exceptional skills.

Bari wasn’t just a masterful wicketkeeper; he was also a competent batsman. Although his batting statistics may not reveal his true potential, often plagued by duck outs (19 in total), he managed to accumulate 1,366 runs in 112 innings. Notably, he achieved six scores of fifty or more, showcasing his batting prowess when given the opportunity.

In addition to his contributions on the field, Bari had a brief stint as Pakistan’s captain during a tumultuous time for cricket. As a stop-gap captain, he led the team against England in back-to-back series, in both home and away conditions, as the Kerry Packer storm raged on. While the home series resulted in draws on placid wickets, the away series saw Pakistan suffer two defeats and a rain-affected draw.

After retiring from international cricket in 1984, Bari continued to serve the sport with great passion and commitment. He was honored by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) with the Life Achievement Award in 1997. This prestigious accolade recognized not only his individual achievements but also his integral role in the success of Pakistan’s cricket team in the 1970s and 1980s.

Following his retirement, Bari remained involved in cricket administration and management. He became the head of Pakistan’s selection panel, using his extensive knowledge and experience to scout and select talented players for the national team. His dedication to the sport has been invaluable in nurturing the next generation of cricketers in Pakistan.

Wasim Bari’s journey in cricket is a testament to his commitment, professionalism, and skill. Throughout his career, he demonstrated unwavering passion, becoming one of Pakistan’s finest wicketkeepers and leaving an enduring legacy in the sport. As the nation’s record holder for the most Test dismissals as a wicketkeeper, Bari’s contributions will forever be remembered and cherished.

Wasim Bari Career Stats

Wasim Bari Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 81 112 26 1366 85 15.88 - - 0 6 - 2 201 27
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 51 26 13 221 34 17 431 51.27 0 0 - - 52 10
FC 286 357 92 5751 177 21.7 - - 2 21 - - 684 144
List A 85 47 20 451 54 16.7 - - 0 1 - - 95 20
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Wasim Bari Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 81 1 8 2 0 - - - 2 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 51 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 286 - 66 30 1 1/11 - 30 2.72 66 - 0 0
List A 85 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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