Wasim Bari (Urdu: وسیم باری; born 23 March 1948) is a former Pakistani international cricketer who played in 81 Test matches and 51 One Day Internationals from 1967 to 1984. Bari was a wicket-keeper and right-handed batsman. At the end of his 17-year career he was the most capped player in Pakistani Test history.

Wasim Bari
Personal information
Full nameWasim Bari
Born (1948-03-23) 23 March 1948 (age 73)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm fast
RoleWicket-keeper
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 54)27 July 1967 v England
Last Test2 January 1984 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 10)11 February 1973 v New Zealand
Last ODI30 January 1984 v Australia
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 81 51
Runs scored 1366 971
Batting average 15.88 17.00
100s/50s 0/11 0/5
Top score 85 88
Balls bowled 8
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 201/27 52/10
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 4 February 2017

His talent was first recognised in 1967 with members of the England under 25 team stating that he was the best keeper to come out of the South Asia. It was in England where he made his Test match debut, with Colin Milburn being his first dismissal. With the bat he managed 15.88 per innings in his career, including an innings of 60 not out at number 11, in which he helped score a last wicket partnership of 133 with Wasim Raja.

According to Tony Greig, commentator and former England captain, most people believe Alan Knott was the best wicket-keeper to have played the game in that era but Knott himself believed Bari was better than him[citation needed].

In 1971 at Leeds, he equalled the then world record of 8 catches in a Test match. He was in the record books again in 1976/77 by stumping 4 batsmen in a Test, against the Australians. In 1979 against New Zealand he caught 7 of the first 8 batsmen, creating a world record for most dismissals in a Test innings. He finished his career with 228 Test victims, the most by a Pakistani and the most by a South Asian keeper at the time. Among South Asians, only M S Dhoni has more catches and stumpings in Test cricket.

EducationEdit

He was educated at the Cantonment Public School, Karachi.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Heller, Richard; Oborne, Peter (2016). White on Green: A Portrait of Pakistan Cricket. Simon and Schuster. p. 185. ISBN 9781471156434.
Preceded by Pakistan Cricket Captain
1978
Succeeded by