Karachi: Pakistan’s former speedster Shoaib Akhtar called Mohammad Sami ‘Right-arm version’ of one of the greats of the game, Wasim Akram.
Speaking to a local channel, Akhtar was of the view that Sami could have taken over 400 wickets had he been utilized properly.
“Unfortunately, we were not able to understand Sami during his bowling days. When Sami used to bowl with a normal action and controlled aggression, his arm and seam would fall at the right place. When he bowled with controlled bowling action in New Zealand, he was unplayable,” he said.
Akhtar also highlighted Sami’s ability to bowl with the old ball. “Sami’s aggression with the old ball made him very deceptive and enabled him to hit the batsmen’s pads in front of the stumps 99 percent of the time,” said Akhtar. “This was a quality, after Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, Sami had. I, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif did not have that ability,” he maintained.
It must be noted here that Sami last played competitive cricket in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 4 while leading Islamabad United. The Karachi-born Sami represented Pakistan in 36 Tests, 87 ODIs, and 13 T20Is and notched 85, 121, and 21 scalps respectively.