Happy Birthday Wasim Raja
Today, July 3rd (1952), is the birth of Wasim Raja, that rumbustious, hirsute allrounder for Pakistan in the 1970s and `80s. He was a wonderfully gifted left-handed dasher in the lower middle order, at his best against West Indies. In 11 Tests he averaged 57, including 517 runs in five Tests in 1976-77. (during that series in West Indies he indeed hit quite few sixes and the West Indians became fan of his). His skiddy, Afridi-esque legbreaks were good enough to snare 51 Test wickets, 33 of them outside Pakistan. His younger brother Rameez, as straight-laced as Wasim was happy-go-lucky, also played 57 Tests for Pakistan, the same number as his brother. Wasim later married an English girl before becoming one of ICC's elite panel of match referees.