During a recent interaction between Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United Strategy Manager, Hasan Cheema, and England fast bowler, Steven Finn, the former has made an exciting revelation regarding two of the greats of Pakistan cricket.
According to Cheema, legendary seamer Wasim Akram claimed about Pakistan batting stalwart Misbah-ul-Haq being a four-ball batsman.
Over the years, the ‘Sultan of Swing’ has caused problems to several batting geniuses during his era with his swing and seam movements.
Also, Akram was a master of setting up batsmen with his inswing and outswing deliveries, thereby, becoming one of the skilful bowlers in world cricket.
In his glittering career, Akram has over 900 international scalps with over 400 wickets in both Tests and ODI cricket, the only fast bowler to achieve the feat.
Cheema, during a chat with Finn on Youtube, revealed about the conversation he had with Akram during one of the training sessions in Dubai.
Finn had represented Islamabad United during the second and the third season of the PSL.
“Why doesn’t Finn get him [Misbah] out every other ball? He is a four-ball batsman. I know how to get him out in four balls,” Akram told Cheema.
After making his debut, Misbah developed quite a reputation for being a stubborn batsman who puts a price on his wicket.
His defences were one of the most difficult ones to dislodge. Misbah performed out of his skin against arch-rivals India.
To which, Finn concurred with his statement by talking about the time during the training session in ICC’s academy, where he managed to swing a white-ball, presently renowned to be flatter.
“You remember he bowled in that training session as well. Everyone talks about the white ball not swinging these days. I watched him for about an hour. He was shining this ball perfectly and then swung pretty much every ball either way he wanted. So, they do swing,” Finn replied.