New Delhi. Today is a special day for Waqar Younis. He has turned 50 years old. Former Pakistan captain and fast bowler Waqar made his Test debut with Sachin Tendulkar in 1989 in Karachi. This was Sachin’s first international match. Waqar also dismissed Sachin in this match. Although this match (India vs Pakistan) was a draw. In the fourth and final Test played in Sialkot, Sachin was also bled on the bouncer of Waqar Younis. Later, master blaster Sachin recalled this incident and said that I could not see anything at that time.
Waqar Younis is one of the most successful bowlers of Pakistan. He also became the captain of the Pakistan Test team at the age of 22 years and 15 days. Younis still holds the record for the most 13 wickets in a Test as a captain. He managed to take 373 wickets in 87 Tests and 416 wickets in 262 ODIs. He became the youngest bowler to take 400 wickets in ODIs. His best performance was 7 wickets for 36 runs.
More than 950 wickets in first class cricket
Apart from his fast bowling, Waqar Younis was also known for his reverse swing. The pairing of him and Wasim Akram was one of the most dangerous couples in the world. He has taken 956 wickets in first class cricket. 63 times 5 and 14 times took 10 wickets. His best performance was 8 wickets for 17 runs. He did this feat in county cricket. Not only this, he also scored 6 half-centuries as a batsman. It also includes the biggest innings of 64 runs. He managed to take 674 wickets in 411 matches of List A cricket. Achieved the feat of taking 5 wickets 17 times.
Apart from Pakistan, he has also given coaching in IPL
Waqar Younis has been the coach of the Pakistan team. He was made the bowling coach in 2006-07. In March 2010, he became the head coach of the team. But in August 2011, he resigned due to personal reasons. He was the bowling coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL in 2013. In September 2019, Younis was again made the bowling coach of the Pakistan team. But he resigned from the post after the controversy over team selection before the T20 World Cup.
Many records of Waqar Younis still stand today. He is the only bowler to take 5 wickets in three consecutive ODIs. This fast bowler is also inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. Recently, during the T20 World Cup, he was in the headlines due to a statement. He had said that Mohammad Rizwan offered Namaz among Hindus, it was a special moment for me. However, after the controversy, he had apologised. This incident happened during the match between India and Pakistan.