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Saqlain credits Wasim-Waqar rivalry for shaping his career

Saqlain credits Wasim-Waqar rivalry for shaping his career

Pakistan spin wizard Saqlain Mushtaq achieved numerous accolades throughout his distinguishing career in the international arena. Recently, the 43-year-old reflected on an intriguing moment during the early days of his playing career when he found himself at the center of a rivalry between Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

“When I first came to the team, these two were always at odds with their distinct styles. So in Australia, these two decided to hold a competition of three overs in which they had to bowl more deliveries landing on the seam. I was the judge,” Saqlain said in a video uploaded on his YouTube channel.

He claimed this battle between two of the best swing bowlers in cricketing history shaped his subsequent excellence and fed into his hunger to succeed.

“After the three overs, I checked the balls that were being used. The balls were still new after the overs because each ball landed perfectly on their seam. I learned a lot from their intensity, control and rivalry that day. I told myself that if I wanted to achieve something in life, I had to learn from these great players,” he added.