Wasim Akram is the role model for hundreds of thousands of youngsters, all over Pakistan and in many parts of the world where cricket is played. A role model is someone who others look up to and admire. A role model provides inspiration and motivation like Wasim Akram, who is an intelligent, a courageous person and one of the best cricketers in the world.
Wasim Akram’s bowling stance, ball in hand, golden chain swing as he charged down the pitch as if he were charging into battle is embedded in people’s minds. Wasim’s personality has motivated many youngsters to try and imitate him in many ways.
Wasim’s self assurance displays his self esteem which is why youngsters want to emulate him. His courageous battle with diabetes and his sponsorship to fight diabetes has shown youngsters how to endure and face tribulations with courage. Despite the psychological setback after being diagnosed with diabetes, he managed to regain his form and went on to give impressive cricket performances. His help for diabetic patients is what has impressed the youth of today. His active involvement in awareness campaign for diabetics has only made the youth look up to him.
His leadership of the Pakistani Cricket team in one day internationals won him many laurels. The youth are proud of the fact that Wasim Akram is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. He holds the world record for the most wickets in limited over’s cricket, and is second only to Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralirthran in One Day International Cricket. His induction in the ICC Test Dream XI has certainly added another glorious chapter to his already jeweled legacy. His welfare projects like supporting BHR – Basic Human Rights and Roche – Pakistan are only made possible due to his belief in giving back to the community.
Wasim Akram is considered to be the founder and the finest exponent of reverse swing bowling. In 2009 he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, another feather in his cap, and more inspiration for the youngsters who want to be like him. Wasim Akram is what every youngster in Pakistan aspires to be.
Written by: Ifrah Waqar
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