June 28, 2011

The sky of cricket has always sparkled with star bowlers like Imran Khan, Courtney Walsh, Glenn Mcgrath, Muttiah Muralitharan, Waqar Younis, Dennis Lillee and our very own Wasim Akram. Wasim Akram debuted in 1985 at the young age of 18. After being rejected by his own college cricket team, his talent was first spotted by Javed Miandad who recommended his name for the national cricket team.

Mentored by Imran Khan, Wasim polished his talent and perfected his seam and swing. His hardwork and God-gifted talent made him the most effective member of Pakistan’s bowling attack. In his 19 years of career, he has thrashed the opposing batting lineups numerous times. His in-swinging yorkers with his ability to swing the ball in the air made him lethal. His eagle-like focus on the stumps was ‘the’ thing that all batsmen feared when Wasim started running to throw the ball. His accuracy for line and length, his deceptive deliveries as well as his bouncers robbed many batsmen, many times off any dreams of a good score, let alone centuries.

Where his merciless bowling attacks made him a dangerous left-arm bowler, his incredible and nurtured talent with a consistence performance elevated his rank in the eyes of the critics, who still hold him in his esteem. His down-to-earth personality, with a confident aura, and a forever smiling face has made him a darling for the entire cricket-crazed Pakistani nation as well as international fans.

It may be a little unfair to compare Brett Lee with the bowling master Wasim Akram, but since both of them represent the style, finesse and glamour of fast bowling, it may not be a bad idea after all.

Brett Lee had a made a name for himself long before he joined International Cricket 1999. Australian critics and cricket gurus had started insisting on his inclusion in the Australian Cricket Team since his domestic as well as first class cricket debuts, and astounding performances in both arenas.

Lee’s a natural fast bowler and his fastest delivery to-date only lags behind Shoaib Akhtar’s 161.3km/h. His speed sometimes becomes a complication for him as he suffers from recurring back and ankle injuries. But despite those injuries, Brett Lee is one of the most successful fast bowlers of today’s time. After McGrath and Warne retired, expectations from Lee raised higher which he duly fulfilled with his accurate bouncers and deadly full-tosses.

Wasim Akram and Brett Lee represent two different generations of cricket with a somewhat similar style of bowling. Still, the intricacies of their bowling-style make them unique in their own domains. Though Brett Lee is a young cricketer and may achieve a lot in the years to come, replacing the King of Swing, however, might not be one of them. The Sultan keeps reigning, folks!

Written by: Madiha Riaz
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