Pakistan cricket legend Wasim Akram Share his picks for recently The Greatest of All Time (GOAT) Ahead in various categories of cricket ODI World Cup 2023. Akram’s selections represent a diverse mix of legendary players who have made an indelible mark on the world of cricket.
In a shared video Star Sports, Akram, who is part of their broadcast panel for the upcoming Global Showpiece event, revealed his preference. Akram’s selection of GOAT players has not only entertained fans but also inspired generations with their extraordinary skills and achievements on the cricket field.
GOAT Batter: Sir Vivian Richards
Akram’s choice for the greatest batsman in ODI cricket was none other than the West Indies maestro. Sir Vivian Richards. Known for his shaky and intimidating presence at the crease, Richards was a dominant force in his era. He amassed 6721 runs in 187 ODIs at an astonishing strike rate of 90.20, setting benchmarks for aggressive batting that have rarely been matched.
Richards was instrumental in West Indies’ World Cup victories in 1975 and 1979 and is remembered for his fearless approach to batting. His ability to destroy any bowling attack has made him a true legend in the format.
GOAT all-rounder: Jacques Kallis
Akram’s choice for the greatest all-rounder in ODI history was the legendary South African cricketer. Jacques Callis. Kallis is regarded as one of the greatest cricketers of all time. His incredible batting and bowling skills have earned him a place among cricket’s elite.
Kallis scored 11,579 runs in 328 ODIs and took 273 wickets. His consistency with the bat and ability to provide breakthroughs with the ball has made him a match-winner on numerous occasions. The Cape Town cricketer has been instrumental in South Africa’s success in ODI cricket and remains an inspiration to aspiring all-rounders.
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Goat Spinner: Saqlain Mushtaq
In terms of spin bowling, Akram’s choice for the GOAT spinner was his former Pakistan teammate Saqlain Mushtaq. Notably, Saqlain revolutionized the art of off-spin with his introduction of the “dusra”, a delivery that spins in the opposite direction of a conventional off-break. His innovative skills and accuracy have made him a menace to batters worldwide.
Saqlain took 288 wickets in 169 ODIs and his ability to outrun the best batsmen in the world has given him a special place in the history of spin bowling. He was instrumental in Pakistan’s bowling arsenal during their successful campaigns in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
GOAT Pacer: Curtly Ambrose
When it comes to the best fast bowlers in ODI cricket, Akram’s choice is the great West Indian, Curtley Ambrose. Standing at 6’7″, Ambrose was an intimidating figure for opposing batters. His uncanny ability to extract bounce and seam movement from any surface made him a nightmare for batters.
Ambrose claimed 225 wickets in 176 ODIs, constantly troubling top-order batsmen with his pace and bounce. His disciplined line and length, combined with his imposing height, make him one of the most outstanding fast bowlers in the history of ODI cricket.