KAR: Pakistan has always produced some very fast and furious bowlers who had dominated the cricketing world for decades. There would be no single batsman in the world that did not tremble while facing them. Who can forget the deadly spells of the fast bowling duo, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younus. The world had not seen such deadly blowing spells from both ends ever and probably would never see it again as new quality fast bowlers are not emerging from Pakistan. It would be a treat to watch the bowling of Wasim and Waqar who had innovative bowling skills while Shoaib Akhter, known as fastest bowler in the world, as a backup. Reverse swing was the invention of our great bowlers. The duo would bowl so many bouncers in a match that the ICC had to enforce the rule that no more than one bouncer can be bowled in an over. Wasim and Waqar’s unplayable lethal yorkers cannot be forgotten. The legend Wasim Akram used to say that he had more varieties than the deliveries in an over.
Furthermore, the mystery bowl was the invention of Saqlain Mushtaq. Shahid Khan Afridi was considered the world’s best-ever pinch hitter plus leg spinner who bowled first ever fastest spin delivery and made a world record of fastest ODI hundred which remained world record for many years.
Our selectors should search for some natural fast bowlers and groom their inborn talent and make them world heroes. Changing captains every now and then is not the solution to perform well. Make a balanced side like having two fast bowlers, one medium fast bowler, one leg spinner and one off-spinner to complete the 50-over match.
We wish to have such great bowlers again on our side that changed how the game was played.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 5th, 2019.