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Wasim and Waqar: The era of supreme fast bowling

Wasim and Waqar: The era of supreme fast bowling

It is extremely hard to overemphasize the importance of former pacers Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram for Pakistan. Throughout their careers, the bowling machines kept on producing a plethora of sensational performances which allowed the boys in green to register countless victories.

While the Sultan of Swing has a total of 916 international wickets to his name, the Burewala Express managed to hunt 789 victims. Together, the two genuine match-winners formed a potent force for the green team which penetrated event the best batting line-ups from a position least expected.

Their dominance can be understood from the fact that Pakistani bowlers claimed a total of 33 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket from 1989 to 1995. All of them belonged to the two Ws. On 14 occasions, Wasim managed to get 5 wickets or more while 19 of those instances belonged to Waqar Younis. With such a pace unit, it was only natural to see Pakistan giving many teams a run for their money during this era.