The world has seen very few pace bowlers as talented as Wasim Akram. One of the finest exponents of swing bowling, Wasim Akram was nothing less than a menace for the opposition. He played at a time when the world witnessed the likes of Viv Richards, Sachin Tendulkar, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and many other greats of the game.
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But despite that, Wasim Akram managed to carve his own place in the history of the game with his exceptional bowling talent. Along with his bowling partner Waqar Younis, Akram formed one of the most lethal fast-bowling pairs ever witnessed in the game. The two hardly gave the opposition batsmen a breathing space and played a crucial role in making Pakistan a force to reckon with.
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The best he faced:
Wasim Akram faced a number of world class batsmen during an illustrious international career and also enjoyed a considerable amount of success of them. However, he does not rate anyone higher than former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe. In a recent interview, the former Pakistan captain revealed that Crowe was the toughest batsmen he faced.
“Very difficult question to answer. But, I have to pick one guy it has to be Martin Crowe. The reason was he got runs against us. He was always on the front foot. As a bowler, we were left frustrated and then we used to bowl short. That’s what he wanted us to do. Nobody knew what reverse swing was back then. That’s why I will say,” said Akram.
— Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) December 3, 2019
Crowe is one of the finest batsmen to have played the game. His record against Pakistan was stunning as he averaged an impressive 57.23 with two hundreds and six fifty-plus scores against them in Tests. Akram managed to dismiss Crowe just once in four games. On the other hand, Waqar dismissed the legendary batsman twice in three Tests. Crowe also averaged more than 50 against Akram.