Former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath, also known as the pigeon, has selected legendary left-arm pacer Wasim Akram among his top five picks for One Day International (ODI) bowlers. Australian Legend Glenn McGrath Places Wasim Akram on TOP in All-Time ODI Bowlers.
McGrath put forth the names while speaking ahead of Australia’s third and final ODI against India on Wednesday, December 2 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, Crickettracker.com reported.
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“Wasim Akram perhaps the best left-arm fast bowler of all time. He could make the ball walk and talk like no one else did. An explosive, exciting genius who could change the game with the bat as well.”
Australian Legend Glenn McGrath Places Wasim Akram on TOP in All-Time ODI Bowlers
Named number one by McGrath, the Sultan of Swing is one of the highest wicket-takers of Pakistan with 502 wickets to his name. The former Australian cricketer has also called his home-player Brett Lee, who is also known as one of the fastest bowlers of his generation.
Moreover, the other bowlers in McGrath’s list include Sri Lanka’s stalwart Chaminda Vaas, who achieved a hat-trick in the first over of the 2003 World Cup match against Habibul Bashar’s Bangladesh. Sri Lankan cricket coach and former professional cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan and South Africa’s Shaun Pollock are also included in McGrath’s list of favourites.
Glenn McGrath picks his Top 5 ODI Bowlers on @SonySportsIndia
1. Wasim Akram
3. Brett Lee
4. Chaminda Vaas
5. Shaun Pollock
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) December 2, 2020
Wasim Akram …A maestro of swing and seam
He is undeniably a dream cricketer. At his best Wasim Akram plays like most of us would wish to. He had been in the field as a constant threat for the opponents with a high speed from a quick ball-concealing action. It was dire to confront his bouncer or deceptive slower deliveries. Akram is appraised by many as the best left-arm fast bowler of all time, and his career record unquestionably holds astounding achievements along with the high regard of his contemporaries.
Nevertheless, the match-fixing controversies of the 1990s harmed him, dampening his edge and turn down his gleam. Though he reached the 500-wicket landmark in ODIs in the 2003 World Cup, he was among the eight players derelict after Pakistan’s miserable performance. He retired shortly after, following a brief spell with Hampshire.
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“Wasim Akram is one of my all-time favourite bowlers and any team that I would select comprising of the world’s best cricketers, Wasim Akram has to be in it. I’ve seen Wasim Akram do things with a cricket ball that people like me and others cannot do. He was such a great bowler and I have a lot of admiration and respect for him.”
Over a 19-year international career, Wasim Akram took wickets all over the world, in Tests and ODIs, with a consistency that was action-packed. Even lauded huge by world legends.