Fantasy scenarios are always fun to portray. The best of the present era takes on the greatest cricketers of previous generations. What would have happened if say… Rashid Khan bowled to Sachin Tendulkar, or Allan Donald bowled to Rohit Sharma. Who would have had the last laugh if Glenn McGrath threw at KL Rahul, or if Jasprit Bumrah was against Brian Lara? We do not know. However, the great Wasim Akram certainly knows what his plan would have been if he was in his prime to bowl to Virat Kohli.
Considered one of the greatest hitters of the current generation, Kohli has dominated world cricket and every opposition out there. But if he had to stand guard against former Pakistani captain Akram, what would it have been like? Well, from Akram’s point of view, he’s got his plan in order.
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“I would have had a lot of confidence. If he came to hit on 3 or 4, that means two wickets down. If he’s new to the crease, I’d attack. Will throw the ball on the middle stump and swing it away, or to him,” Akram said on Nashpati Prime’s “To Be Honest” show.
“If that doesn’t work, I’d switch to plan B, which comes down to bowling the bouncer. Put the fielder in the deep end and then put him back in…which makes multiple such small chances important to beat him .”
Akram, who made his Pakistan debut in an ODI against New Zealand in 1984, recalled how the great Javed Miandad saw him. Akram became the best left-arm fast bowler of all time, claiming 916 international wickets in a 19-year career. Akram became one of Pakistan’s greatest captains, leading the team to the 1999 World Cup final in England, but it was Miandad who first saw him and was impressed when he saw a young Wasim bowl in the nets .
“Javed Bhai chose me. Once I got on the team, I met Imran Khan, who was in Australia in 1985,” Akram added. “I was bowling in the net and that’s where he saw me. He was impressed and when I played a three day game against New Zealand that was my first FC game. I couldn’t sleep the night. First innings myself , he was very relaxed.”