Wasim Raja

Country: Pakistan
Born: July 03, 1952, Multan, Punjab
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Legbreak Googly
Playing role: Allrounder
Died: August 23, 2006, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, (aged 54y 51d)

Wasim Raja Bio

Wasim Hasan Raja was a prominent cricket player from Pakistan, known for his masterful strokeplay, versatile bowling, and outstanding fielding skills. Born on July 3, 1952, in Multan, Pakistan, Wasim displayed his cricketing abilities from a young age, quickly establishing himself as a prodigious talent in the sport.

Coming from a family with a cricketing background, Wasim was the eldest of three brothers, all of whom played first-class cricket. His father, Raja Saleem Akhtar, captained Sargodha in the same format. This strong foundation in the sport laid the groundwork for Wasim’s future success.

Making his debut at the age of 15 for Lahore, while still a student at Government College, Wasim’s talents were recognized by the selectors, and he was called up to the Pakistani national team in 1972-73 as a replacement for the New Zealand tour. It was here that he started to establish himself as a formidable cricketer.

Wasim’s breakthrough moment came during the 1974 tour of England when he topped the tour averages. His electrifying and exuberant playing style caught the attention of cricketing enthusiasts, particularly during his two masterful innings at Lord’s where he countered Derek Underwood on a drying wicket with selective attack.

During the same period, he also played a crucial role in Pakistan’s victory against the West Indies, scoring his maiden Test hundred at Karachi. Such was the magnificence of his innings that fans flooded the field to congratulate him, a rare sight in cricket.

His dominance against the formidable West Indian attack continued throughout his career. In total, he played 11 Tests against them, accumulating 919 runs at an impressive average of 57.43. Only Greg Chappell surpassed him during that era. Additionally, Wasim displayed his bowling prowess against India, including a match-winning 4 for 50 spell with his legspin.

Aside from his international success, Wasim also represented Durham in Minor Counties cricket. It was during his time there that he met Anne, his future wife, who also had a passion for the sport. Despite a severe car accident that threatened his life and playing career, Wasim fought back and helped Durham secure the UAU Championship in 1990 with a match-winning 50 in the final.

After retiring from professional cricket, Wasim pursued a career in teaching, specializing in geography and PE at Caterham School for 15 years. His dedication to both education and cricket was evident in his contributions to the development of the game in Pakistan. He coached the national side for a brief period and later served as an ICC match referee, officiating the last Ashes series in Australia.

Tragically, Wasim collapsed and died while playing cricket for Surrey over-50s at High Wycombe. He left behind his wife Anne and their two sons, Ali and Ahmed.

Wasim Hasan Raja will always be remembered for his style, spirit, and flamboyance on the cricket field. His natural talent and determination made him a force to be reckoned with, and he will forever hold a special place in the hearts of cricket fans around the world.

Wasim Raja Career Stats

Wasim Raja Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 57 92 14 2821 125 36.16 - - 4 18 - 27 20 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 54 45 10 782 60 22.34 1168 66.95 0 2 - - 24 0
FC 250 379 54 11434 165 35.18 - - 17 - - - 156 0
List A 89 75 15 1412 60 23.53 - - 0 4 - - 37 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Wasim Raja Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 57 69 4082 1826 51 4/50 6/86 35.8 2.68 80 2 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 54 29 1036 687 21 4/25 4/25 32.71 3.97 49.3 1 0 0
FC 250 - - 16211 558 8/65 - 29.05 - - - 31 7
List A 89 - 2206 1529 60 6/39 6/39 25.48 4.15 36.7 2 1 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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