Former Pakistan legend Wasim Akram had tasted a fair share of success in his cricketing career and he has inspired many youngsters to take up fast bowling as well. Moreover, his on-field battles with the legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting and others are still praiseworthy. However, he recently revealed his relations with these legends now.
“World-wide I have remained friends with a lot of players. When I go to Australia, Shane Warne lives near my place so I meet him often. I have maintained touch with Brian Lara over the phone. I recently wished Sachin Tendulkar. So, we get in touch,” Wasim Akram said on the Khelo Aazadi Se Show on BSports Pakistan YouTube Channel.
He continued: “When we meet, we greet each other properly and recall the old times, old tales, the battles we had. And we all have a good laugh. We all have had some fabulous moments together. Sachin, Brian Lara, myself, Jacques Kallis, Inzamam from Pakistan, Saeed Anwar. I’m in touch with these players.”
However, Wasim Akram opened up about how it used to be a challenge for him to bowl against the greats of the game. And, there is no doubt that be it Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting or others he had faced were the best in the business in their era.
“Have played against some greats – in the late 1980s, 90s and then 2000s. Sachin, Lara, Sunil Gavaskar, Allan Border, Viv Richards, Ricky Ponting. As a bowler, I never thought about anything negative about them that he would hit me or attack me,” Akram added.
“I just knew that we had to get him out. My mantra was to keep attacking the top players of the world, keep pressure on him. If you put pressure on the captain or the main player, the entire team could crumble so that used to be my plan,” Wasim Akram concluded.