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Waqar Younis Maitla is a former Pakistani cricketer and a former Test and ODI captain for Pakistan. A right-arm fast bowler, Waqar is regarded as one of the greatest bowlers of all time. He is also the former coach of the Pakistani cricket team.
Born: November 16, 1971 (age 45), Vehari, Pakistan
Spouse: Faryal Waqar Younis (m. 2000)
Test debut (cap 111): 15 November 1989 v India
ODI debut (cap 71): 14 October 1989 v West Indies
Bowling: Right-arm fast
Last ODI: 4 March 2003 v Zimbabwe
Younis was born in Vehari, Punjab in a Punjabi Jatt Muslim family in Pakistan. He was educated in Sadiq Public School in Bahawalpur in Pakistan, the Pakistani College (Pakistan Islamia Higher Secondary School) in Sharjah and the Government College in Vehari. He was raised in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, where his father was a contract worker. He returned to Pakistan and started playing cricket there during his adolescent years.
He is married to Dr. Faryal Waqar Younis, a Pakistani Australian. They have a son Azaan Waqar and daughters Mariam and Maira Waqar and now live in Kellyville in Australia. Younis has also worked as a television sports commentator for the Nine Network in Australia and for Ten Sports in the United Arab Emirates. He is 183 cm (6 feet exact).
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.
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.
Waqar had an unpleasant end to his playing career after Pakistan had a catastrophic 2003 World Cup under his leadership. They could only beat Netherlands and Namibia in the tournament. After this, Waqar couldn’t pave his way back into the team, a team which was being drafted keeping the future in mind. As a result, Waqar announced his retirement in April 2004.
Post-retirement, he took up coaching positions. He was appointed as the bowling coach of Pakistan in 2006, but resigned in 2007 to take up commentary for some time. In December 2009, he was reappointed as Pakistan’s bowling and fielding coach for the Australian tour. In March 2010, Waqar was made the head coach after Intikhab Alam was sacked, owing to the team’s poor performance Down Under. After taking Pakistan to the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup, Waqar resigned from his position citing personal reasons.
In March 2013, he joined the Sunrisers Hyderabad team as the bowling coach. He was also inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in December 2013.
Waqar was reappointed as the head coach of Pakistan in May 2014 and is still serving in that capacity.