Years before Wasim Akram was discovered by Imran Khan and Mitchell Johnson was born, one left-arm pacer ruled the 22-yards with fierce pace. The name is Alan Davidson and he was born today.
Davidson was born in New South Wales and played 44 Test matches for Australia. In those 44 matches, he took 186 wickets with the best of 7 for 93. Alan Davidson and Wasim Akram are regarded as the two best left-arm pacers to have played the game.
Wasim Akram is a modern-day legend with 414 and 502 wickets in ODIs and Test matches respectively. His total of 916 wickets in both formats of the game looks massive when compared with Alan Davidson’s 186. But there are many fronts where Davidson looks a better bowler than Akram.
Let us explain better through these points:
Davidson has Better Economy rate: In the 44 test matches he played for Australia, Davidson bowled with an incredible economy rate of 1.97. On the other hand, Wasim Akram’s economy rate from 104 test matches reads 2.59.
Better Bowling average: Alan Davidson’s bowling average was also slightly better than the great Pakistani pacer. While Davidson took a wicket after every 20.53 balls, Wasim Akram took 23.62 balls. The stat tells proves the point.
Davidson took more wickets per match: Alan Davidson has played 60 matches less than Wasim Akram but his wicket taking ability can be judged when we look at how many wickets he took per match.The result is 4.22 wickets per match. Wasim Akram’s wicket per match turns out to be 3.98. Davidson edges ahead here again.
Davidson conceded less runs per match: Wasim Akram conceded as many as 9779 runs in 104 Test matches he played for Pakistan- which is 94.02 runs per match. This is 8 runs more than Alan Davidson’s stat of 86.70 runs per match.
5-wickets hauls: This might not be the best parameter to judge the performance of the two bowlers. But if one looks deeply, we might get a good idea of how deadly a bowler Davidson was. Davidson has to his name a total of 14 five-wicket hauls in 44 games. Wasim Akram has 25 five-wicket hauls in 104 games. What it means is that Davidson produced one five-wicket haul almost every 3 games. If he had played the same amount of matches as Wasim Akram did, he might have edged him out here too.
Watch Alan Davidson blow away England’s batting line-up in the 1959 Ashes series: