KARACHI: Veteran and legendary cricketers lauded Pakistani fast bowler Wahab Riaz’s lethal spell in the World Cup quarter final against Australia, ARYSports.tv reports.
The pacer had Australia’s Shane Watson all over the place with his aggressive bowling in the crucial quarter final which Pakistan lost by six wickets.
Rahat Ali dropped Watson off Riaz’s stunning bouncer, which could have turned the match in Pakistan’s favour.
The legends took to social media to laud the Pakistani fast bowler’s spell in the quarter final match.
West Indies cricket great Brian Lara said that the pacer’s spell to Watson was a joy to watch whereas English batsman Kevin Pietersen called it the greatest spell bowled on Australian soil.
It was a joy 2 watch Wahab Riaz bowling today his stats will never reveal how great a spell of fastbowling that was from d Pakistani. #CWC15
— Brian Lara (@BrianLara) March 20, 2015
Best spell of bowling by a foreigner on Aussie soil for years…#Wahab
— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 20, 2015
Australian player Tom Moody tweeted that Wahab’s spell was one of the greats in the World Cup 2015 whereas former New Zealand player Scott Styris also lauded the pacer’s spell in the quarter final.
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) March 20, 2015
What a contest this is. Pure Gas from wahab! Watson is a good player of genuine pace usually
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) March 20, 2015
Styris also lashed out at the International Cricket Council (ICC) for fining Shane Watson and Wahab Riaz after the quarter final.
It really does annoy me that wahab and watson have been coded. It was quite simply the most compelling and best contest of the tournament
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) March 21, 2015
Watson himself had said that he was lucky to get through the pacer’s spell in the match.