LAHORE: Former skipper Aamir Sohail believes the 1992 World Cup successful Pakistan captain Imran Khan impressed the younger era to change into a fast-bowler, saying the legendary all-rounder set excessive requirements within the sport.
“Remember that 1977 Sydney Test when Imran bowled a spell with his shirt torn and when those pictures came out, it inspired the young generation,” Aamir mentioned on his YouTube channel.
Aamir — who shaped a really profitable opening partnership with fellow left-handed batsman Saeed Anwar within the 1990s — mentioned up to now Pakistan didn’t had the custom of getting quick bowlers on common foundation or in enormous numbers.
“Imran’s inspirational performances and his aura inspired the young generation to become a fast bowler and during 1980s we use to get good fast bowlers,” he mentioned. “When you talk about Imran’s greatness and have to define him. He knew the way to inspire the youngsters.”
Aamir mentioned the present Prime Minister of the nation hated shedding and successful was all the things to him.
“The high standards he set, his guidance and knowledge helped players to become better and raise their game,” he mentioned whereas including the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Aaqib Javed, Ata-ur-Rehman had been many examples whom Imran mentored.
“We have results in front of us. Both Wasim and Waqar managed to pick 1,700 international wickets between them,” he mentioned.
Aamir additional identified that other than Imran, Fazal Mahmood and Sarfraz Nawaz had been additionally among the many best seamers produced by Pakistan.
“In the early period, Pakistan became a formidable Test-playing nation just because of Fazal Mahmood,” Aamir mentioned. “I used to be the Pakistan captain in 1998 and we had been working towards on the Gadaffi Stadium when Fazal known as my identify and sought permission to provide some tricks to Shoaib Akhtar. I instructed him it is going to be an honour for us however he mentioned ‘no you are the captain and I need your permission’. Such was the self-discipline maintained by greats like him.
“He joked with Shoaib while telling him that he would have to pay me the fees for the tips he gave him. And the fees was in the form of taking Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s wicket whenever playing against India.”
Talking about Sarfraz, Aamir mentioned he was an excellent exponent of reverse swing. “Within the March 1979 Check at Melbourne, Sarfraz’s produced one of many biggest performances, taking seven wickets for only one run in 33 balls whereas taking 9-86 to ship Australia crashing from 305-Three to 310 all out, enabling Pakistan seal a 71-run victory.
“It was Sarfraz who imparted great skills to Imran who generated not only pace but made the ball reverse swing. This virtues tormented many batsmen in the world. No doubt, Imran was the greatest.” Aamir concluded.
Printed in Daybreak, June 26th, 2020