Former Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram revealed that their tour of India in 1999 was his favorite one as they acquired a standing ovation from the group in Chennai.
Akram stated that whereas the strain of India-Pakistan encounters was all the time there, he loved it in a constructive approach.
“The 90s we received loads in opposition to India. These days it is a totally different story. It is the other. The tables have turned I suppose. In the event you discuss excursions, I’d choose an India tour. 1999 – We toured India after 10 years,” Akram instructed former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson within the ‘Classes Learnt with the Greats’ podcast.
“I used to be the captain. The primary Take a look at was in Chennai. I instructed my boys, if the stadium is quiet then we’re doing our job. So we might by no means get assist in India and India would by no means get assist in Pakistan. That was the factor.
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“Saqlain Mushtaq bowled an outstanding over. The inventor of doosra. We acquired a standing ovation from the Chennai crowd. That was my favorite tour.
“Then within the second Take a look at (Delhi), the pitch was dug so it needed to be relaid. Kumble acquired 10 wickets. It was actually a memorable tour. I used to take pleasure in Indo-Pak strain, used to take it in a constructive approach.
“England and Australia have been the locations the place I needed to carry out. And in opposition to India, it was a special purpose why I needed to carry out. As a result of when you carry out in opposition to India, you get recognised in your nation large time. Vice versa for India.”
Akram additionally made the purpose that at this time’s cricketers spend a variety of time within the health club and they’re thus a lot fitter however that they need to not neglect bowling apply on the expense of being match.
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“I began gymming on the age of 33. Earlier than that, I solely used to run and bowl on a regular basis. Cricketers are loads fitter now. However bowling muscle will solely get strengthened if you bowl.
“Once I see them exercising within the health club, it would not make any sense to me. Folks would possibly say I’m a 90s man, and I’m a 90s man.”