Former cricketers recall Wasim Akram’s influence in international cricket

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Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, was one of the key figures in helping Pakistan to lift the 1992 cricket World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) against England.

Swing of Sultan 3-49 spell in final was instrumental to Pakistan lifting the world cup. His teammate Aamir Sohail explains in a video released by the ICC on what made him one of the impactful players in world cricket.

“When you talk about Pakistan history, he is arguably the best ever. One of the best left-arm bowlers because he had everything, quick-arm action, doing so much with the new ball, bouncers were lethal and with the old ball we all knew what he could bring to the table,” he said.

“We always knew Wasim had the ability to deliver at the right time and that’s how Pakistan cricket was based on, other bowlers used to do the holding job from the other end. There was a partnership going on between Allan Lamb and Fairbrother and all the other bowlers were asked to do the job of taking the required run rate slightly higher, and then Wasim and Aaqib were asked to do the job for us,” he added.

Pakistan’s current head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq revealed that despite the left-arm pacer being at the tail-end of his career he never liked facing Akram in the nets.

“When you talk about Wasim, I think one of the best cricketer, amazing talent, a kind of bowler you don’t want to face. I was just starting my career and he was at the retirement stage but still, he used to take a two-three yard up in which the pace was at its peak,” he said.

“He was ahead of his time, he bowled left-arm over the wicket, around the wicket and not so many bowlers can do that and then allowing the ball to swing in both the directions,” Former England cricketer Vic Marks said.

“In my opinion, Wasim was the best left-arm that ever graced the earth. He had it all, reverse swing, phenomenal with the new ball and he knew when to be aggressive at the batsman,” Bazid Khan, former Pakistan batsman said.

“You go back to the 92 World Cup final, big stage and he comes up with two dramatic deliveries. Deliveries that are forever entrenched in the memories of everyone,” he added.

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