No One Could Move The Ball Like Wasim Akram: Trent Boult
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No One Could Move The Ball Like Wasim Akram: Trent Boult

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Trent Boult, New Zealand pace-bowling spearhead, has revealed former legendary Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram as his idol in his formative years.

Boult, who is one of the leading pacers in the world currently, is gearing up for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League, where he will representing four-time champions Mumbai Indians.

The southpaw took to Instagram on Wednesday to engage with his fans via Question-Answer session and among many questions asked by fans, one was regarding his idol who inspired him to take up fast bowling.

Trent Boult, Wasim Akram
Wasim Akram (Credits – Twitter)

Boult responded by saying that he has a lot of idols but if there is one guy who inspired him to swing is the ball, it is the ‘Sultan of Swing’ Wasim Akram.

“I have a lot of idols but this guy definitely inspired me to swing the ball! No one could move the ball like he could! @wasimakramliveofficial,” Trent Boult said.

 

Trent Boult gives tips to budding fast bowlers

Trent Boult
Trent Boult (Credits: Twitter)

Trent Boult also had a word of advice for the budding young fast bowlers, as he encouraged them to put special emphasis on line and length and getting through the crease.

For me…the keys are two things- Run up and getting through the crease. The best drill for young kids is to get a long piece of string and lining it up all the way to the keeper. Then practice running and bowling straight along the line! Pace comes with practice!” Boult said.

The Kiwi fast bowler has thus far represented his country in 67 Tests, 90 ODIs, and 27 Twenty20 Internationals, in which he has claimed 267, 164 and 39 wickets respectively. Wasim Akram, on the other hand, featured in 104 Tests and 356 One-day Internationals, claiming 414 and 502 wickets respectively.

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