The world acknowledges Pakistan cricket for producing world-leading pace bowlers in every era. Wasim Akram, better known as the Sultan of Swing for his phenomenal skills with the cricket ball, kept people talking throughout his career over his brilliance. Even now, former cricketers often name Wasim Akram as their toughest opponent on the field.
While a bowler cherishes any international cricket match he plays, any opponent he faces, any wicket he takes, any unplayable delivery he produces, there are some hallmark moments in every player’s cricketing career.
The legendary pacer has also revealed the highlight of his career, the moments he cherished the most and the cricket series he anxiously waited for, throughout his career.
It was none other than the Indo-Pak rivalry which always gave him goose-bumps, right from the start of his career to the very end.
The King of Swing remarked:
I remember it like it was yesterday, it was the highlight of my career playing against India either in Pakistan or in India. It was just unbelievable, I can’t explain it in words.
While the cricketing ties between the two countries have not been very well, the teams last played a bilateral series in 2012-13 which saw Junaid Khan emerge as a champion bowler, with Pakistan beating India by 2-1 in the ODIs while drawing the T20I series 1-1.
Talking about the high-pressure games, Wasim called Pakistan India rivalry ‘bigger than the Ashes’, while talking to an Indian newspaper.
Comparing the arch-rivalry with that of the Ashes, he said:
The beauty of Indo-Pak cricket is something you can’t compare with any other cricket [rivalry] in the world. I am all for the Ashes when they talk about Ashes how many people can watch the Ashes? Five million, 10 million or let’s say 20 million.
When it comes to Pakistan-India matches, about a billion people watch those nail-biting encounters, he said.
With 48 ODIs and 12 Tests against India, the 51-year-old knows how competitive yet emotional those clashes were, labelling his experience as ‘something different, something unbelievable’.