Ace Pakistan bowler Wahab Riaz celebrates his 34th birthday on Friday. Born on June 28, 1985, Riaz is one of the most feared bowlers in the cricketing world. The left arm pacer frequently bowls at speed of around 90 miles per hour and has also touched the 96 mph mark on few occasions. The southpaw made a surprise comeback in Pakistan's squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after playing an ODI almost one year ago. Pakistan is known to produce great fast bowlers and Wahab is certainly one of them. India vs Pakistan CWC 2019 Semi-Final on Cards! Here’s How PAK Can Qualify for Last Four and Face-off Against Rivals IND.
Despite being in and out of the side due to injuries and poor performances, the 34-year-old boasts of some terrific and memorable spells. Although he has battled past inconsistencies, Wahab is known for his fiery spells in the Cricket World Cups. His rattling bouncer and toe-crushing yorkers have foxed many great batsmen and on the occasion of his birthday, let's have a look at some magnificent spells bowled by the left arm pacer in the cricket field. Imran Khan Congratulates Pakistan Team After Their Victory Over New Zealand in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
5-46 Against India During ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
Wahab displayed an outstanding spell of fast bowling and dismissed five Indian batsmen. Although Pakistan lost that match, Wahab certainly became a star overnight.
2-54 against Australia During ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
The bowling figures might look quite ordinary but numbers don't explain everything. Wahab bowled a fiery spell against the Aussies and his rivalry with Shane Watson will always be remembered.
5-63 Against England in His Maiden Test
Wahab bowled a splendid spell in his Test debut and claimed five wickets against England. He proved his mettle by dismissing players like Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss.
So, these were some great spells bowled by Wahab Riaz in international cricket. Pakistan is hopeful for a spot in the semi-final and the left arm pacer will be a key player for the men in green. Pakistan had a poor start in the ongoing ICC World Cup campaign but victories against England, South Africa have kept their semi-final hopes alive. Wahab has bowled some decent spells in this World Cup and makes a formidable pair with Mohammed Amir who is Pakistan's leading wicket-taker in this tournament.