[VIDEO] February 14, 1985 - Wasim Akram takes a 10-fer against NZ in just his second Test match


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Jan 30, 2011

A dream cricketer. At his best Wasim Akram plays like most of us would wish to. He has complete mastery over swing and seam, and sometimes moves the ball both ways in one delivery. All this comes at high speed from a quick, ball-concealing action, and is backed up by the threat of a dangerous bouncer or deceptive slower delivery. Akram is rated by many as the best left-arm fast bowler of all time, and his career record certainly bears that out - along with the high regard of his contemporaries. He hit like a kicking horse, but batsmanship was one skill in which Akram underachieved, despite a monumental 257 against Zimbabwe in Sheikhupura in 1996-97. He was the natural successor to Imran Khan as Pakistan's leader and captain, but the match-fixing controversies of the 1990s harmed him, blunting his edge and dimming his lustre. Though he reached the 500-wicket landmark in ODIs in the 2003 World Cup, he was among the eight players dumped after Pakistan's miserable performance. He retired shortly after, following a brief spell with Hampshire.

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The current generation never saw those players ripping through like a piece of cake. I feel bad for them.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OnThisDay?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OnThisDay</a> 1985. Playing in only his second Test match, 18-year-old Wasim Akram had match-figures of 10-128 against New Zealand in Dunedin <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cricket?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cricket</a> <a href="https://t.co/SCgomQmH3v">pic.twitter.com/SCgomQmH3v</a></p>— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saj_PakPassion/status/1228230834521403392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 14, 2020</a></blockquote>
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Four months earlier he had taken 7-50 against the touring Kiwis at home!
what a beautiful action. Beautiful man. respect the legend.

no indian would utter aspersions about this dude. What a player he was. I used to envy pakistan.

Did pakistan always have good first change bowlers though? Just wondering?