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Akhtar feels Sami could have been as good as Akram

Akhtar feels Sami could have been as good as Akram

Former speedster Shoaib Akhtar has made a bold observation on fellow pacer Mohammad Sami. Talking about the talent possessed by Sami, Akhtar believed that the Karachi-born fast bowler had all the ingredients to match the level of Wasim Akram but a lack of discipline prevented him from reaching great heights.

“Sami could have easily picked up 400 wickets and be par with the right-arm version of Wasim Akram. When Sami used to run in fast, it would disrupt his bowling action towards the end and he would concede a lot of runs,” Akhtar claimed.

With over 900 wickets across ODIs and Tests, Akram remains Pakistan’s highest wicket-taker on the international arena. His excellence is often considered to be unparalleled as he routinely dismissed some of the best in the business. Meanwhile, Sami’s record pales in comparison as he failed to become a regular member of Pakistan’s lineup and boasts a tally of 227 wickets across the three formats for the national side.