Waqar Younis

Waqar Younis was a right-arm fast bowler known as one of the greatest pacers in the history of the game. He was undeniably successful because of the late inswings and speed of his deliveries; his yorkers dropped as if they were a yorker and swung at the last moment, making it impossible for batsmen to read them and react. 

The fact that he took so many wickets in just 87 test matches and 416 in 262 ODI matches illustrates his aptitude for the game.

Personal Information

Born: 16 Nov 1971 Nationality: Pakistani
Years Active: (1989–2003) Birth Place: Vehari, Pakistan
Height: 6 ft 0 in Role: Bowler
Bowling Style: Right-arm Fast Batting Style: Right-Handed
Nickname:Burewala Express, Wicky  

Waqar Younis’s Journey


Waqar Younis, the famous speedster from Pakistan, was born on 16 November 1971 to Muhammed Younis. Since Waqar's father was a contractor there, he was raised both in Pakistan and the UAE. He has one brother, Faisal Younis, and one sister, Ambreen Younis.

Waqar married Faryal Waqar in December 2000. Faryal is an Emergency Physician The couple has a son named Azaan Waqar and a daughter named Maira Waqar.

First Appearance

In November 1989, Waqar made his debut at the National Stadium, where he immediately displayed his prowess by taking four important wickets in the first innings, including Sanjay Manjrekar, Manoj Prabhakar, Sachin Tendulkar, and Kapil Dev.

Younis made his ODI debut a month ago against West Indies. He didn't get any wickets and bowled only four overs, but he was very economical.

Ascend to Glory

Wasim Akram and Waqar were a deadly bowling duo, known as the Burewala Express. During his prime days, Waqar had an explosive pace and it was obvious when he took a hat-trick against New Zealand in 1994. Waqar's bowling style was different from most other fast bowlers. Instead of pitching short, he used to aim for the batsman's toes with full-length deliveries. By changing the way pace bowlers used to play, he revolutionized the game.

Following his successful debut, Waqar attracted much English attention in the 1990s while playing for Surrey. His bowling attack of 582 overs carried the club's bowling attack in 1991 when he took 113 wickets. During his time playing for Glamorgan, he also won the English County Championship.

Low Point

Despite his brilliant career, Waqar had some blemishes. As a result of conflicts with his partner and team captain Akram, he was not a part of the Pakistan team at the start of the year 2000. The same year, he was banned from playing due to ball tampering and fined half the match fee. 

In addition, Waqar's performance at the 2003 World Cup was somewhat hampered by a beamer he delivered at Australian Andrew Symonds.


In just his 22nd year, Waqar was made captain of the Pakistan cricket team, leading the team in 17 tests and 62 One Day Internationals. His captaincy led the team to big wins in series and matches. 

Unfortunately, he wasn't able to hold on to the captain's role due to controversies and low points.

Waqar’s Record

  • With a minimum of 10,000 balls bowled, Waqar holds the second-best strike rate in Test Match Cricket

  • He took 10 wickets in a Test match as a youngster (18 years old)

  • The second fastest bowler in Test cricket to take 150 wickets 

  • He holds the record for the best bowling figures for a captain in ODI (7/36) and was also the first captain to take 7 wickets in the same game.

  • Batting at number ten, he scored the most ODI runs during his career 

  • ODI cricket records the most 4 wicket hauls (27) 

  • In terms of innings, he holds the record for most consecutive five-wicket hauls (3).

  • During his career, he has taken three consecutive 4-wicket hauls in ODI innings (3 times).


The final years of Waqar's career were not all good; he announced his retirement in April 2004, just after Pakistan crashed out of the 2003 World Cup. Upon retirement, he became Pakistan's bowling coach but resigned within a year to begin his commentary career.

 In December 2009, he was reappointed as Pakistan's bowling and fielding coach and later became head coach. Although Pakistan played poorly at the 2011 World Cup and he had personal reasons for resigning, he forced himself to do so following the tournament.

During the 2013 Indian Premier League, he joined Sunrisers Hyderabad as their bowling coach. The Pakistani head coach was reappointed once again in May 2014.

Career Statistics

Matches: 262 Run Scored: 416
Bowling Average: 23.84 Top Numbers: 7/36
10W/5W: 0/13 Runs Scored: 969
Matches: 87 Wickets: 373
Run Given: 8788 Bowling Average: 23.56
Top Numbers: 13/135 10W/5W: 5/22
Runs Scored: 1010

Image Gallery

Waqar Younis’s Cricket Glimpses