ICC WTC Final: R Ashwin stunned by Wasim Akram’s lethal reverse swing, calls him ‘king’ – Watch video- Former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram was widely acknowledged as one of the greatest bowlers of all time. A left-arm fast bowler who could bowl with significant pace and had a special ability of reverse swing. Recently, Indian spinner R Ashwin came across a video on social media where Wasim can be seen bowling against New Zealand in an ODI match. In the video, Wasim is intimidating former Kiwi batsman Chris Harris with both conventional and reverse swing.
Ashwin while sharing the clip wrote on Twitter,” Hello white ball !! Where are you these days?? That’s the 44 th over and reverse swing at it’s best from the king @wasimakramlive.”
Ashwin was surprised by Wasim’s ability to swing the ball in both ways in what was the 44th over of the ODI match.
The video is liked by 32,000 cricket fans while retweeted by 3,000.
Meanwhile, R Ashwin who took a break from IPL 2021 will be seen in action against New Zealand in the World Test Championship final on June 18 at Southampton.
Wasim Akram’s cricket career
Akram is regarded as one of the greatest Left Arm fast bowler in the history of Pakistan, He holds the world record for most wickets in List A cricket, with 881, and he is second only to Sri Lankan off-spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan in terms of ODI wickets, with 502 in total. He is considered to be one of the founders, and perhaps the finest exponent of, reverse swing bowling. He is often referred to as the “Sultan of Swing”.
Wasim was the first bowler to reach the 500-wicket mark in ODI cricket during the 2003 World Cup. In 2002, Wisden released its only list of best players of all time. Wasim was ranked as the best bowler in ODI of all time, with a rating of 1223.5, ahead of Allan Donald, Imran Khan, Waqar Younis, Joel Garner, Glenn McGrath and Muralitharan.
Wasim took 23 four-wicket hauls in 356 ODI matches played. On 30 September 2009, Akram was one of five new members inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.