The Sultan of Swing, Wasim Akram will forever have his name imprinted in cricketing echelons for being a crafty exponent of the cricket ball. A dream fast bowler, no one among his peers could ever come close to his skillful extraction of massive amounts of swing from even the deadest of surfaces.
A generation fondly looked up to the greatest seam bowler to ever play the game as Akram’s heroic exploits, which included 916 international wickets, inspired youngsters to replicate his bowling style.
One such left-arm pacer is New Zealand’s Trent Boult, who himself has experienced tremendous levels of success since he entered into international cricket in 2011 at the age of 22.
Talking about his admiration for the Pakistani legend in a recent interview, Boult claimed that he was fascinated by Akram’s mastery over reverse swing.
“My idol was Wasim Akram. I used to love the way he used to scurry through the crease so quickly and swing the ball. I tried to imitate him a little bit when I was younger - reverse swing, for sure,” Boult revealed.