Wasim Akram names the batsman who played his reverse swing the best

One of the massive bonuses of watching live cricket is the experience of listening to the great detail about personal anecdotes of the game. During the second Test match between England and Pakistan at Southampton, former pacer Wasim Akram revealed about the batsman who played his reverse swing the best. Akram, along with his partner-in-crime…

Wasim Akram names the batsman who played his reverse swing the best

One of the massive bonuses of watching live cricket is the experience of listening to the great detail about personal anecdotes of the game.

, former pacer Wasim Akram revealed about the batsman who played his reverse swing the best.

Akram, along with his partner-in-crime Waqar Younis, were the best proponents of the reverse swing the game has ever seen.

Pakistan’s 1990 tour of New Zealand was memorable for the deadly duo wreaking havoc in the Kiwi camp, as the two shared 39 wickets between them.

Wasim and Waqar had the wood over the Kiwi batters in that series, barring Martin Crowe. The middle-order batsman amassed 244 runs in the-three match affair, at an average of 61.

“I think the ball used to get reverse after five-six overs, don’t ask me why. It was against New Zealand and Waqar got 30 [29] wickets in three Test matches and I got 16 [10] in two and got injured. Martin Crowe got two hundreds [one hundred],” Wasim recalled in the Sky Sports commentary box.

“And ‘I asked him after the series, ‘What’s your secret?’ He said, ‘I just try to play you on the front foot and I play for the in-swingers every time and the out-swingers automatically miss the edge’,” he added.

Earlier in June this year, popular England commentator, David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd talked about Wasim’s liking for bowling with the old ball, during his stint at Lancashire. And the rest of his peers complained about it, asking for newer cherries.

“Wasim Akram used to look in the ball bag and just come out with the worst ball he could find, a real scruffy ball so he could practise reverse swing,” Lloyd said during a Sky Sports’ show ‘Watchalong’.

“All the rest of the lads would say, ‘Look at these, we can’t bowl with these – we want some new balls,’ and Akram would look at the bag and bring one out and would just work on that skill of reverse swing,” Lloyd concluded.

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The Punjab Cricket Association’s (PCA) secretary, Puneet Bali, has requested legendary Indian cricketer to come out of retirement and represent Punjab again in the upcoming season. Bali is yet to receive a response from Yuvraj.

Punjab has lost the services of their key players in the last couple of seasons, namely Manan Vohra and Barinder Sran who now play for Chandigarh. Also, Jiwanjot Singh and Taruwar Kohli made a move to Chattisgarh and Meghalaya, respectively.

Bali reckoned that Yuvraj’s heaps of experience would help mould the Punjab team for the future. Moreover, Yuvraj has to seek BCCI’s permission to come out of retirement and play first-class cricket again.

Amid the 2019 ODI World Cup in England, Yuvraj surprised one and all, calling it quits from all forms of the game.

“These boys were all undergoing sessions with our physios and trainers to prepare [for the season]. Yuvraj initiated sessions with these boys while he was in Chandigarh. Over the last couple of seasons, we’ve lost players to other states, many of our players to Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh and Himachal. So we felt a player of Yuvraj’s experience and calibre could lend a lot of value and inspire the youngsters,” Bali told Espncricinfo.

“The request I made was for him to consider playing all formats. But if he comes back to and says, he’s available only for limited-overs cricket, for some reason, that will be fine too. I’m looking forward to hear from him soon. But as such, he’s been working hard with the boys,” he added.

Further, Bali introduced a new scheme of remuneration and bonuses for Punjab cricketers based on their performances in Ranji cricket.

“Essentially, we want to reward those who’ve performed in the Ranji Trophy, so that is first criteria,” Bali explained.

Punjab captain Mandeep Singh welcomed the new move from PCA with open-arms, which would help in the player’s ‘financial stability’.

“This will motivate players, especially those who don’t have IPL contracts. This is a welcome step, it will provide a lot of players financial stability,” said Mandeep.

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