Wasim Akram tries to decipher the chink in Mohammad Amir’s armour
"He is still one of the quickest in Pakistan cricket."
Updated - Nov 27, 2018 2:35 pm
Former Pakistan captain and legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram is of the view that left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir needs to do a lot of hard work if he has to regain the edge he once had. Akram, who was called the Sultan of Swing in his playing days, recently said this while putting forth his valuable opinions and insights on a number of issues related to the game and Pakistan cricket.
Amir, one of Pakistan’s best fast bowlers these days, has been struggling to live up to his name of late. After serving a less than a five-year ban, Amir returned to international cricket in 2016 but went wicketless in eight of his last 13 ODIs. His last five-wicket haul in Tests came in April 2017. When asked what has hit the bowler, Akram said his deliveries with the new ball have stopped swinging in.
In the video which was uploaded on Akram’s official YouTube channel, the former cricketer said: “Amir has pace. He is still one of the quickest in Pakistan cricket. I won’t say it luck for bad luck doesn’t go on for such a long. His new-ball deliveries have stopped swinging in.”
Amir’s action is going wide while delivering
When asked what’s the mistake that Amir is doing, Akram said: “I haven’t seen it closely. I told him when I met him in the last PSL that his action goes wide at the moment of delivering the ball which means his bowling arm remains more straight and the ball leaves the right-hander instead of coming in.”
The former bowler, who demonstrated with his arms what mistake Amir is making with his bowling, said for adjusting three inches, i.e. to bowl closer to the stumps by three inches, he will have to put in practice for six months. Akram, who has 916 international wickets, also cited the reason why rectifying the bowling action would take that much time.
“Your mind is so tuned up with your action that no matter how much you try, you will keep on landing on the old spot while delivering the ball. To bring in a real change, you have to practise every day for six months. Then you probably land up where you are trying to,” he said.