India’s premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was in awe of ‘Swing King’ Wasim Akram as he quoted a video of him bowling with the old ball in an ODI match against New Zealand.
There have been many bowlers who possessed the ability to swing the ball both ways, but there was none like Pakistan’s legendary Wasim Akram. His ability to swing the new ball as well as the old ball proved him to be the greatest swing bowler in cricket history. Named as ‘The Sultan of Swing’, Wasim Akram’s bowling spell against New Zealand resurfaced on the Internet as one user uploaded the video.
Ashwin impressed by the ‘reverse swing’ from Wasim Akram
After coming across the video, Ravichandran Ashwin, who is in the league of his own, pointed out that the white ball doesn’t reverse swing like that now. “Hello, white ball!! Where are you these days?? That’s the 44th over and reverse swing at its best from the king @wasimakramlive,” wrote Ashwin.
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Akram is widely hailed as the greatest bowler in ODI format and his stats prove the same. In the 351 innings he played, he grabbed 502 wickets at an astonishing average of 23.52 and took a wicket every 36th ball. With regards to conceding runs, he was quite impressive as he maintained the economy rate of just below 4 throughout his career.
ICC changes the one-ball rule in ODIs
Earlier, when Akram used to play, there was just one ball per innings. Therefore, the ball used to offer reverse swing as the innings used to progress. However, after 2011, the ICC introduced a new rule to use two new balls as a single white ball used to lose its colour and shape over the course of 50 overs. Plus, it was also difficult to spot the ball in a day-night encounter.