Waqar Younis (Cricketer)

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Waqar Younis is a former Pakistani bowler, who is considered to be one of the greatest fast bowlers to have played the game. He represented Pakistan in 87 Tests and 262 ODIs. Waqar's ability to reverse swing the ball at lightning speeds helped him scalp 373 Test wickets and 416 ODI wickets in his career.Nicknamed 'The Burewala Express', Waqar represents one half of 'The Two W's' - a term coined to describe the bowling partnership between him and Wasim Akram. Together, Waqar and Wasim went on to become one of the most feared bowling pair in the history of cricket. Waqar's Test stats are quite formidable. He took five or more wickets in a Test innings on 22 occasions. He also picked up 10 or more wickets in a match 5 times in his career. During his playing days, Waqar had the best strike-rate (43.4) among bowlers with more than 200 Test wickets - a record that was broken by Dale Steyn. In a first class career that lasted more than a decade, Waqar picked up 956 wickets in 228 matches. At 22 years and 15 days, Waqar was the youngest to ever captain a Pakistani Test side. He captained Pakistan in 17 Tests and 62 ODIs. [1] Waqar - cricbuzz
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Waqar Younis

  • Famous As:

    he Two W's , Sultan of Swing, The Toe crusher

  • Nationality:


  • Residence:

    Vehari, Punjab, Pakistan

  • Religion:


  • Profession:


  • Height:

    6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

  • Born
  • Date:

    16 November 1971

  • Place:

    Vehari, Punjab, Pakistan

  • Family
  • Spouse:

    Faryal Waqar Younis (m. 2000)

  • Children:

    Maira Waqar, Azaan Waqar

  • Siblings :

    Faisal Younis

  • Career
  • National Side:


  • Team Role:

    Bowler, Coach

  • Bowling Style:

    Right-arm fast

  • Batting Style:

    Right-hand bat

  • Matches:

    87 in Tests & 262 in ODIs

  • Wickets :

    373 in Tests & 416 in ODIs

  • Bowling Average:

    23.56 in Tests & 23.84 in ODIs

  • Batting Average:

    10.20 in Tests & 10.30 in ODIs

  • 5 wickets in Innings :

    22 in Tests & 13 in ODIs

  • 10 wickets in Match:

    5 in Tests & n/a in ODIs

  • Best Bowling:

    7/76 in Tests & 7/36 in ODIs

  • Catches/Stumpings:

    18/- in Tests & 35/- in ODIs

  • Runs Scored:

    1010 in Tests & 969 in ODIs

  • Test Debut:

    15 November 1989

  • Test Last:

    2 January 2003

  • ODI Debut:

    14 October 1989

  • ODI Last:

    4 March 2003

  • ODI Shirt Number:


  • Domestic team:

    Glamorgan, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, National Bank of Pakistan, Rawalpindi, Redco Pakistan Ltd, Surrey, United Bank Limited


Waqar Younis in Green Shirt
Waqar Younis in Green Shirt

Early Career

Waqar Younis ODI
Waqar Younis ODI
Waqar Younis Maitla (Urdu: وقار یونس; born 16 November 1971) is a former Pakistani right-arm fast bowler in cricket, regarded as one of the greatest and fastest bowlers of all time. He is also the former coach of the Pakistani cricket team.As of 2012, he holds the record for the youngest Pakistani Test captain and the third youngest Test captain in history (22 years 15 days). He played 87 Tests and 262 One Day International (ODI) matches for Pakistan during his international cricket career from 1989 to 2003.Waqar began his cricket career in 1987/88 Pakistan, playing for several first-class cricket clubs. However he suffered an injury when he had cut and removed his little finger on his left hand,

International Career

Waqar Younis Nice Player
Waqar Younis Nice Player
He made his International cricket debut for Pakistan against India on 16 November 1989, in the same match that Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar made his debut. Waqar took 4 wickets in the drawn match including the wickets of Tendulkar and Kapil Dev.He made an immediate impression with his speed and became known in the cricket media as "Wiki" or the "Burewala Express".Waqar along with Wasim Akram opened the bowling attack regularly for Pakistan, becoming a feared and potent attack. At his peak, he developed into a very quick fast bowler and achieved a hat-trick in a One Day International match against New Zealand in 1994.During the early periods of 2000, he stayed out of the Pakistan team for a brief period allegedly due to suspension and conflicts with bowling partner and captain Akram.[3] "Mudassar: Wasim - rivalry However, he had to deal with allegations of ball-tampering and a number of controversies. In July 2000 Waqar was banned for ball tampering and was fined 50% of his match fee.He was involved in further controversy during 2003 World Cup matches. In the opening match against Australia, Waqar was removed from the attack after bowling a beamer at Andrew Symonds, becoming the first bowler to be disciplined in such a way during an international match. The Pakistanis then crashed out of the group stage after winning only two matches, both against associate member teams. After the tournament he conceded the captaincy and was dropped from international selection. After a nearly 15-year career, Waqar announced his retirement from cricket altogether in April 2004.

Domestic Career

English audiences became aware of Waqar's talent during the early 1990s, when he played for Surrey. By taking 113 wickets in 582 overs for Surrey in 1991, at a mere 14.65 apiece, and by carrying on his shoulders an otherwise moderate county attack, he announced himself as one of the finest contemporary bowlers.  There he displayed excellent cricketing performances and attracted attention from the sporting public. He went on to win the English County Championship with Glamorgan in 1997. He took 7 wickets for 25 against Lancashire at Liverpool on 21 June 1997, which included a hat-trick achieved after narrowly missing a hat-trick.Waqar was a trendsetter. He brought about a big paradigm shift in the art of fast bowling. As opposed to the 'fast and short' bowling that used to dominate those days, Waqar used to bowl full and fast, aiming for the batsman's toes. This ability also earned him the nickname 'The Toe crusher'. With his ability to move the ball late, Waqar became a lethal operator, both with the new and the old ball. [4] Information - cricbuzz

Post Retirement

Waqar Younis As Coach
Waqar Younis As Coach


Waqar Younis in Conference
Waqar Younis in Conference
In March 2006, he was appointed as the bowling coach for Pakistan.He resigned from this position on 6 January 2007 in protest against the Pakistan Cricket Board decision to retain him only for the Test series against South Africa and not for the subsequent series of five One Day International matches.He also blamed captain Inzimam-ul-Haq for going with Mushtaq Ahmed instead of him for the bowling coach position.  He was re-appointed as Pakistan's bowling and fielding coach for their tour of Australia in December 2009.In February 2010, Younis was appointed the head coach of Pakistan after Intikhab Alam was sacked as coach, owing to the low level of performances of the national side during the tour of Australia earlier that year.The World Twenty20 was followed with the 2010 Asia Cup in which Pakistan lost to Sri Lanka by a narrow margin as Pakistan's top order collapsed and Shahid Afridi's 109 just failed to guide Pakistan to victory.[5] Sri Lanka - ESPNcricinfo. In the following match Pakistan lost narrowly against India courtesy of a six by Harbhajan Singh from the third ball of the final over.The following match was a dead rubber between Pakistan and Bangladesh and another Afridi century meant Pakistan scored 385 runs and they comfortably won the match by 139 runs.A tour of England followed, with two Twenty20's against Australia and two Test matches. Pakistan won both Twenty20's comfortably and the first Test saw Pakistan defeated by 154 runs. Pakistan rallied in the second Test and for the first time in 15 years Pakistan defeated Australia in a Test match. The previous victory in 1995 was also assisted by a superb bowling spell by Waqar Younis.This was followed by a tour of Abu Dhabi against South Africa. Pakistan lost the first Twenty20 match by six wickets following a batting collapse. Pakistan also lost the ODI series of five matches 3-2.  Pakistan won the second ODI due to Abdul Razzaq's superb performance of 109* off 72 balls.The Test series of two matches with South Africa was drawn. He also stated that now it was the time for Pakistan to rally and prepare for the World Cup.  Pakistan started the World Cup campaign in a strong fashion winning 5 out their 6 group matches and finishing on top of their group. Pakistan went on to beat West Indies in the quarter-finals by 10 wickets but lost to India in the semi-finals by 29 runs. Waqar eventually stepped down as Pakistan coach in August 2011 citing personal reasons but a rift with captain Shahid Afridi may have been a contributing factor.

ICC World Twenty20

Waqar Younis Good One
Waqar Younis Good One
Waqar Younis faced great criticism after Pakistan was unable to make it to the semi-finals, with less pressure on the fact that the country had not seen international cricket for a number of years, Younis was initially blamed. After winning against Bangladesh in the Twenty20 2016, the team lost against New Zealand, India and Australia, leading to their outing.  Waqar 'begged' for forgiveness to the nation and said he was ready to retire if it was needed but also said it could have been due to the lack of cricket in their own country.However, he later wrote in his report that he blamed Pakistan's poor performance in the matches on player Shahid Afridi. Younis submitted the report to the PCB where it was somehow leaked to the media. He expressed his anger and said that the report was confidential  it caused fans, on social media sites, to express disappointment in him to see him shifting the blame onto Afridi. Younis, in the report, accused Afridi of being 'non-serious' during the matches and said Mohammad Hafeez hid his knee injury as well, which also affected their performance. He also said Afridi either performed poorly himself, or that other players did not listen to him as a captain. Regarding the report, he said the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) were painting him as the bad guy and skipped meeting with him regarding the issue later on as it is most likely that they leaked the report. He then also scrapped plans of retirement and said he wanted to focus on the leak, despite his contract as coach ending in June 2016. On 4th April 2016, Waqar resigned as Head Coach of the team, just after Shahid Afridi resigned as T20 captain. His reason behind it was the PCB who he said had used him as the "scapegoat" and shown him as a "villain" by leaking the Twenty20 report. He stepped down as coach 3 months before his contract would end and said that his scrapped salary should definitely be invested in domestic cricket. He added that he had tried his best to revive the team but they were still unable to better their performance and his recommendations in the report were badly handled by the PCP, who refused to even talk about the leak. Waqar Younis said his services to Pakistan cricket should not be forgotten and said he was stepping down with a heavy heart.

Bowlling Style

Waqar Younis Bowllling Hard
Waqar Younis Bowllling Hard
Waqar is one of several Pakistani fast bowlers, beginning with Sarfraz Nawaz, who have been successful at bowling reverse swing, because he was used as an old-ball bowler early in his career until Imran Khan retired.  In partnership with Akram, Younis opened the Pakistan bowling attack in the 1990s. Cricket critics and scholars attribute Younis Khan and Akram to be one of the most effective fast bowling partnerships in cricket history, due to their ability to swing the ball at high speed. The ability to reverse swing and his speed led to him becoming one of the most talented bowlers in modern cricket.Waqar explained his ability to reverse swing by the manipulation of an old ball; with one side shiny, one side rough, the ball would move in the opposite direction to conventional swing.[6] king of - swing This led to Waqar having the ability to bowl inswingers and outswingers in the cricket pitch and in effect both Waqar and Akram became successful in taking wickets by this variation of swing bowling.His fastest timed delivery in cricket was 153 km/h or 95.1 mph, a delivery he bowled against South Africa in 1993 but this was after he had suffered serious back injuries which had really reduced his bowling speeds. He was also effective in the use of bouncers or short pitch deliveries; Waqar's bowling against South Africa in Sheikhupura in Pakistan, is remembered for his effective use of the short pitched delivery.Sri Lanka fast bowler, Lasith Malinga, who became the first bowler in World Cup history to take two hat-tricks, has said that he learnt to bowl his deadly yorkers by watching Pakistan's legendary pair of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. No doubt over the years several bowlers have learned and mastered the skill of reverse swing but there are still some techniques which haven't have been explored, e.g. banana swing. The title of Banana Swing Bowler was given to Waqar Younis because of his unique technique of swinging the ball in the air at very high speed before hitting the ground. In most of his hat tricks he has delivered banana swing balls which were unplayable.

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