Dean Jones calls a former Pakistan cricketer as Greatest of All-Time
He was the menacing bowler of his time and the cricketing world is missing a talent like him.
Updated - Jan 25, 2019 6:44 pm
Cricket has evolved over the years to become the batsmen-dominated sport. With the advent of the T20 and T10 formats, the pitches are heavily in favour of the batsmen which leaves very little margin of error for the bowlers. Though this wasn’t the case previously. The bowlers used to get enough assistance from the pitch even as the approach of the batsmen was different with 4-4.5 runs being scored every over.
In the late 1980s, there came a bowler which changed the complexion of the game completely. Nobody knew the concept of reverse swing at that point in time and suddenly a young left-arm pacer from Pakistan stunned the oppositions by picking the wickets with the old white ball. Wasim Akram was the bowler’s name and many predicted for him to go a long way in his career.
Akram didn’t disappoint and ended with 916 international wickets in his career and was also instrumental in Pakistan’s World Cup win in 1992 under Imran Khan’s captaincy.
Throwback video goes viral
Meanwhile, the social media head of PTV, Pakistan’s news channel, reminded everyone of the golden days when Wasim Akram used to castle the batsmen at will with his stunning yorkers. He termed the video as the Friday Motivation while calling Wasim as the greatest bowler of all time.
Wasim Akram himself loved watching the video and shared on his Twitter timeline with a caption which read, “This is where it all started 34 years ago.” The former Australian cricketer Dean Jones also upvoted the video and called Wasim GOAT (Greatest of All Time) player.
In an era when the bowlers are lacking variety and are going for runs, surely the cricketing world is missing the bowler like Wasim Akram who decided to hang his boots post the 2003 World Cup. Pakistan has produced a lot of fast bowlers since then but none have managed to match the left-arm fast bowler.
Here’s the thread of convo:
This is where it all started 34 years ago…. https://t.co/lResUfxMVN
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) January 25, 2019
GOAT 🐐 https://t.co/b2kADBR8sk
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) January 25, 2019