The king of “Toe Crushers” is born
Waqar Younis is without a doubt one of Pakistan’s finest fast bowlers in history. His searing yorkers with, both, the old ball and the new ball were a menacing threat to the batsmen of his time. His yorkers became famous as the toe crushers because of its intensity and accuracy.
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Whenever Waqar was on song, he left the opposition is absolute tatters with his ferocious fast bowling and even the best in business found it difficult to counter his spells.
As Waqar turns 44, lets look at some of his bowling spells that changed the course of the match in matter of few overs.
5) 6-59 vs Australia at Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Pakistan set Australia a target of 291 runs in 50 overs but were up against a strong Aussie batting lineup but Waqar ruined and rocked the Australian batsmen upfront as he cleaned up the Australian top order and made the win easy for Pakistan. He ended with figures of 6-59 in 8 overs and was the man of the match.
4) 12 wickets vs New Zealand at Faisalabad
Pakistan were rolled over for 102 runs in the first innings of the test match and needed to restrict the Kiwis to a low total so that they did not take a big lead. Waqar did just that as he picked up 7-76 in the first innings and then 5 wickets in the second innings as well and took Pakistan to a famous win and nobody was surprised to see Waqar receiving the man of the match award once again.
3) 7-36 vs England
This spell vs England was one of the finest spells in history as Waqar thrashed the Englih batting lineup in an ODI match at Headingley, Leeds and the home side were left clueless as to what had transpired in a quick span of time. Even the English crowd appreciated this spell from Waqar.
2) 4-42 vs India at Sharjah
The arch rivals were up against each other at Sharjah and the match was a test of Waqar’s credentials as a bowler as he had just made his ODI debut a few months ago. Waqar rose to the occasion and took 4-42 runs in his full quota of 10 overs including wickets of Kapil Dev, NS Sidhu and Ravi Shastri.
1) 5-31 at Sharjah
Once again the same iconic venue of Sharjah saw another glaring instance of Waqar’s fierce fast bowling as he pegged back the strong Indian batting lineup with the likes of Tendulkar, Ganguly and Dravid. The spell ensured that Pakistan won that match convincingly and was the joint man of the match with Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Waqar Younis 5 for 31 – India v Pakistan