Wasim Akram and Mohammad Azharuddin shake hands after the toss ahead of the 1st Test at Chidambaram stadium in…Read More
CHENNAI: With 916 international scalps to his name, Wasim Akram is counted as one of the greatest left-arm pacers to have ever graced the game.
The 54-year-old, who played 104 Tests and 356 ODIs for Pakistan, rated Pakistan’s 1999 tour of India as one of the most memorable ones in his career.
“I was the captain on that tour and we were playing Test cricket against India after a gap of 10 years. In the first Test at Chennai, I told the team that if the stadium is quiet — it means we are doing our job. We won that Test and for the first time in the history of India-Pakistan clashes, we got a standing ovation from the Chennai crowd. It was something phenomenal and that tour will always be a special one for me,” Akram told Shane Watson during the latter’s show — “Lessons Learnt With The Greats”.
Akram felt performing against India was always a huge high for any Pakistan cricketer.
“Once you perform against India, you get recognised in Pakistan. I am sure that the same is the case for Indian players as well. In the 90s we won a lot against India, but nowadays it’s a very different story and the tables have turned,” assessed Akram.
Akram revealed how he was able to handle pressure and deliver during crunch situations. “I used to revel under pressure and always took it in a positive way. I see a lot of sportsmen buckle under pressure. It is important to have self-belief and trust your preparations and make sure you do well,” said Akram.