Wasim reveals five best ever batsmen, ranks Tendulkar at no. 5 of his list
Pakistani legend Wasim Akram had the opportunity to bowl Caribbean legend Viv Richards early in his career. He bowled to Martin Crowe of New Zealand and Brian Lara of West Indies in best rhythm of his career.
Inzamam-ul-Haq faced Wasim’s bowling in the national team net for a long time. And there was also Sachin Tendulkar who faced Wasim’s fiery bowling. Wasim had chosen these five as the best five batsmen he has seen in his long career. Wasim reveals the list in a YouTube conversation with former Pakistan batsman Basit Ali. He ranked Viv Richards at no. 1 and Tendulkar at no. 5.
Wasim Akram did not play much against Viv Richards’ West Indies. One year after his Test debut in 1985, Richards toured Pakistan. That’s when Wasim got the chance to bowl Viv for the first time. Although he did not get a big run in that series, Viv got a big run against Wasim’s Pakistan in Pakistan’s West Indies tour in 1988.
Wasim had been in the best form of his career since the early nineties. He bowled with reverse swing with speed and made a remarks in world cricket. The batsmen did not feel comfortable with the new reverse swing. But even in the nineties, Martin Crowe of New Zealand used to play with comfort against Wasim. He scored big runs against Pakistan in all conditions. Wasim had put him in second place of his list.
Wasim’s favorite batsman Lara is at number three in the list of favorite batsmen. Lara has always scored against Pakistan. Tendulkar is at the bottom of Wasim’s list of favorite batsmen. However, Wasim’s teammate Inzamam-ul-Haq is in the four as a big surprise. In the national team net, Inzamam used to play quite comfortably against Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib Akhtar.