- Wasim Akram –
One cannot talk about swing bowlers and fail to mention Wasim Akram. With over 500 wickets in ODIs and 400 wickets in test (the only bowler besides Muttiah Muralitharan to achieve this feat), Akram burst into international cricket with relatively no first class experience after being spotted at a cricketing camp by Pakistani batting legend, Javed Miandad at Lahore. In his prime, Akram was an epitome of the ideal fast bowler, he was tall, hit the deck hard, had great control on his line & length and more importantly, had the ability to swing the bowl in both directions. Under the tutelage of Imran Khan, he also developed the ability to reverse the ball. This made Akram one of the toughest bowlers to play. Along with his partner-in-crime, Waqar Younis, the two formed one of the most fearsome bowling attacks. To quote Ponting, “you could get a few runs off him, but you just knew there was an unplayable ball around the corner, be it with an old ball or with a new ball.”
Watch this peach of a delivery that breaches the Wall.