Pakistan’s 17-year old uncapped left-arm spinner Faisal Akram managed to bamboozle perhaps the country’s best batsman at present, Babar Azam. Faisal Akram dislodged Babar Azam last week during a practice match at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore with his stock ball. The teen prodigy, who could well be on his way to playing for the national team, has targetted Virat Kohli’s scalp in the near future.
Virat Kohli has indeed taken the cricketing world by storm in the last decade, owing to his prolific run of form across formats. The Indian captain is presently the only batsman to average more than 50 in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is and has an insatiable appetite for runs along with breaking records for fun. Hence, only a few and elite bowlers like Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Adil Rashid, and Josh Hazlewood have had Kohli’s number reasonably often.
Faisal Akram underlined that getting Virat Kohli’s wicket is his dream and hopes it turns out to be true. Akram, who is supposedly a net bowler for Pakistan to help them prepare for their upcoming limited-overs series in South Africa, revealed that he has had conversations on Instagram with Hardik Pandya, who sponsored him a bat. The 17-year old said that Australia’s Brad Hogg was always his favourite bowler.
“My dream is to get the wicket of Virat Kohli and hopefully it will come true. I have had conversations with him Hardik on Instagram. He has sponsored a bat for me from there. My favourite bowler in international cricket was Brad Hogg, who I have followed from the beginning and also try to copy,” Akram told Cricket Pakistan in a chat.
Babar is a world-class player, so I was under pressure early on: Faisal Akram
Faisal Akram remarked that since Pakistan captain Babar Azam is a world-class batsman, he was under pressure; however, he revealed that Waqar Younis gave him confidence. The left-arm spinner said since he was in a good rhythm that time, he could get Babar’s wicket and his confidence skyrocketed.
“Babar is a world-class player, so I was under a little bit of pressure early on. But Waqar [Younis] bhai, who was standing beside me as an umpire, gave me confidence and said that I can do it. I was bowling well at that time as well, so Babar bhai got a good ball and was dismissed. After that my confidence just skyrocketed,” he added.