Legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram has retired from cricket much before T20 cricket made its way. Although he didn’t feature for Pakistan in the shortest format of the game, Akram played a T20I game way back in 2003. He represented Hampshire against Sussex, and interesting ended on the winning side returning with bowling figures of two for 22 in four overs.
Akram reveals his plan to tackle Kohli and Dhoni
Wasim Akram, one of the greatest fast bowlers world cricket has seen, didn’t get to compete with the very best that the T20I cricket has produced in the last decade. The fans missed a duel between an Akram and a modern-day great Virat Kohli or an MS Dhoni. Recently during a chat with ESPNCrincifo, Akram revealed how he would have tackled the current generation legends.
The king of reverse swing while speaking about India skipper Virat Kohli, said that he would have assessed the wicket earlier and probably would have got around the wicket and bowl away swingers. Kohli is one of the best in the business, and his consistency to score runs have taken him to greater heights.
“Okay. It depends on the pitch, on the conditions. If it is reverse-swinging, I would have been comfortable. I probably would have gone around the wicket to Virat and just bowled these away swingers from middle,” Akram said.
Furthermore, Wasim Akram also revealed how he would have tackled former India skipper MS Dhoni. The veteran wicket-keeper batsman is the best finisher of the current generation. India have won most of the matches when Dhoni has remained unbeaten during the chase. Akram said he would have bowled low full-toss to finishers like Dhoni and Andre Russell.
“Both are match-winners. Big hitters. Finishers. I would have asked my square-leg fielder or point fielder for a sign – to tell me if the batsmen are standing inside the crease or outside. That matters a lot,” he said. “If they are inside, you have to bowl slightly fuller. Maybe a low full toss. If they are outside the crease, then you bowl a different length,” Akram concluded.