5. Wasim Akram
With a sum of 916 wickets, the sultan of swing Wasim Akram is ranked no 5 in the list. He has 414 wickets in tests and 502 in one days. He has taken the most no of hattricks by a player during his career- 4 hat-tricks in International cricket – two in ODIs and two in Tests. During his career he bowled with genuine speed and swing and his ability to reverse the cricket ball made him the most dangerous bowler towards the end of the innings. Akram would bowl stump to stump and had a lethal inswinging yorker. Of his 414 Test wickets, 193 were taken caught, 119 were taken leg before wicket and 102 were bowled. These figures bear testimony to the fact that he made life miserable for the batsmen. He also has a record of taking 4 wickets in an over against west indies which did not include a hattrick. His 257 not-out against Zimbabwe is the highest score by a number 8 batsman in tests. He hit 12 sixes in that, most by anyone in a test innings. He also has the-third highest number of Man of the Match awards in Test cricket, that is, 17 MoM’s.
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