Legendary swing bowler Wasim Akram goes down in history as perhaps the greatest ever pacer to play the game. Although he dominated batsmen with his magnificent control over sharp swing for almost two decades, Wasim has finally revealed which batter was the most challenging to bowl to.
During a panel discussion on Fox Sports, Wasim admitted it was tough to choose amongst a plethora of quality batsmen he had bowled to but he singled out New Zealand great Martin Crowe for his compact technique to safely negotiate reverse swing.
Wasim claimed Crowe would tactfully play on the front foot trying to account for the late reverse swing and punish any deliveries pitched short to him, making him a formidable batsman.
“It’s a really difficult question to answer. I’ve played against Viv Richards, Desmond Haynes, Gordon Greenidge, Allan Border, Mark Taylor, Mark Waugh [and] Steve Waugh. All these guys Brian Lara [and] Sachin Tendulkar, but if I have to pick one guy it has to be Martin Crowe,” Wasim told his fellow colleagues.