Fast bowlers play a substantial role in helping the team take crucial wickets early in the game. By doing so, the batting team gets under surreal pressure. On top of that, the bowling team would also have a great chance to tilt the game towards their favour.
One of the most common tactics for fast bowlers is to target the stumps. The cricket fraternity has witnessed fast bowlers making a complete mess of the batters’ stumps.
Case in point, Pakistan have produced top-tier pacers in their history. Let’s have a look at the two fast bowlers from Pakistan who took the most wickets by shattering the batsmen’s stumps in international cricket.
1. Wasim Akram
Pakistan’s bowling great Wasim Akram comes first on the list with the most ‘bowled wickets’ in the history of international cricket. Wasim Akram has accounted for 278 dismissals as ‘bowled’ in his cricketing career, the most by any paceman.
Wasim Akram took 414 wickets in Tests and 502 wickets in ODIs. It is worth noting that Wasim Akram has bagged 25 fifers and 5 ten-wicket hauls in the longest format of the game.
He registered his best bowling figures of 11/110 in Tests. On the other hand, he has taken a total of six 5-wicket-hauls in One-Day Internationals, registering his best bowling figures of 5/15.
2. Waqar Younis
Pakistan’s bowling great Waqar Younis comes second on the list with 253 ‘bowled wickets’ in international cricket. He was one of the vital cogs of Pakistan’s bowling set-up. Waqar Younis has taken as many as 373 wickets in the longest format of the game.
On the other side of the coin, he has bagged as many as 416 wickets in One-Day Internationals. Overall, he has taken 22 fifers and 5 ten-wicket hauls in the longest format of the game.
He registered his personal best bowling figures of 13/135 in Tests. As far as his ODI career is concerned, he bagged as many as 13 fifers. He registered his personal best bowling figures of 7/36.