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In my free time, I often browse through old cricket videos in Youtube. One such recent foray made me write this post.

There are so many elegant batsmen in cricket. They are all around us, matching grace and beauty with concentration to score tons of runs. Mark Waugh, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Inzamam ul Haq, to quote a few from the last decade. These guys have mesmerized us with their magic over the years with many a great knock.

But hardly do we come across a bowler, who can be termed as elegant. Bowling, as such is the most definitive candidate for a job which can be termed as thankless. There have been a lot of great bowlers with the knack of picking up wickets. But bowlers who make us sit back and watch them for the way they bowl come once in a lifetime.

One such bowler, and the most elegant of all, is the one and only Wasim Akram. There is no other bowler in cricket who can bowl like him. Period. Shane Warne is the closest, but his fallibility against India works against him. I can watch Wasim bowling his heart out all day in a Test match on a flat wicket. He might end up wicketless, but still gladden my cricketing senses. Wasim Akram – Style personified.

Here, the second ball after he after getting an obvious LBW decision going against him, he foxes “The Wall”.

The next video is Akram’s hat-trick against Sri Lanka. One of the interesting little battles in cricket is getting better of your counterpart in the opponent team. Now watch Wasim’s delivery to get rid of Chaminda Vaas.

Genius, right?


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