Hailed as the King of Swing during the days of the game, Pakistani great Wasim Akram shared his memories with fans during a charity event dedicated to the late Australian cricketer Shane Warne.
Hailed as the King of Swing during the days of the game, Pakistani great Wasim Akram shared his memories with fans during a charity event dedicated to the late Australian cricketer Shane Warne. The cricket match featured some of the greatest talent the sport has ever seen.
Other than Akram, West Indies great Brian Lara, former England captain Charlotte Edwards, Ian Bell, Monty Panesar, Michael Atherton, Neil Johnson, commentator Mark Nicholas and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Manoj Badale also took part in the event. Two-time world championship-winning captain Clive Llyod took over refereeing duties.
Akram knocked Atherton down with a classic yorker during the contest, a video of which was posted by Cricket District on Twitter. The former Pakistan international also reacted to the video and tweeted: “Sorry @Athersmike we may get older but some things will stay the same!”
Akram celebrated the wicket in his signature style and in a friendly gesture also patted the former England captain’s bat after dismissing him with a devastating yorker. Atherton smiled too, returning to the pavilion. The duo played against each other in the 1990s while fulfilling their national duties. They also shared the same dressing room while playing for the English county of Lancashire.
Considered one of the deadliest keepers in terms of swing, Akram has scalped a total of 414 Test wickets during his illustrious career. He took 502 wickets in ODI, currently the second most in the format’s history.
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