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by on October 31, 2009
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Wasim Akram and Brett Lee’s bowling credentials

Wasim Akram and Brett Lee are the best fast bowlers of the many great bowlers in cricket in the world. Former Pakistani cricket captain, Wasim Akram is a master bowler. Wasim started his cricket career in January 1985 at the young age of eighteen. He was the first star fast bowler in the history of world cricket. He is a master of seam bowling and swing bowling.
He is famous for slow delivery as well as his bouncer bowling. He is a left armed medium fast bowler and ever batsman fears his bowling attack. Imran Khan is another great cricketer of Pakistan. He discovered Wasim Akram. Wasim Akram is also famous for his air swing bowling attack. He is able to deliver each ball of the over with its own individual style. He is the first fast bowler to hit the landmark of 500 wickets in a one day international in 1992. He achieved this with his missile attack and is a legend of Pakistani cricket because of his outstanding bowling.
Wasim Akram is also a good batsman and he has managed to achieve a double century in test cricket. He is also known as a specialist of bowling in test cricket matches.

Brett Lee is a great Australian bowler who is famous for his speed in delivering a ball. He owns the highest speed bowling record alongside Shoaib Akhter. Brett Lee is well known for his Yorker delivery.

Comparison between two best bowlers- Akram and Lee

Wasim Akram has been the strength and guiding force of Pakistan’s much-feared bowling line-up ever since his international debut in January 1985 at the age of 18. At his best, Wasim Akram plays like most of us would wish to. He is a complete master of swing and seam. 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. Wasim Akram is rated by many as the best left-arm fast bowler of all time with every time starting off like a kicking horse and his career record certainly bears that out. He was the natural successor to Imran Khan as Pakistan’s leader and captain, and reached the 500-wicket landmark in ODIs in the World Cup. Along with the devastating pace and breathtaking accuracy, his ability to move the ball in the air and off the seam makes him the most lethal bowler of the Pakistan team. And who will forget his exploits during the England’s tour in 1992 and South African tour of 1993, when he along with his pace partner Waqar Younus, defeated the opposition batting line-up with élan.

Although bowling has been his top priority, Wasim has frustrated and destroyed bowling attacks with his occasionally sensational batting. However, some of his test innings has also been very effective. His 123 against Australia at Adelaide was played at a time when Pakistan was facing the prospect of a defeat.

Brett Lee is determined that age and injury shall not weary him. Always positive and flashing a smile, he insists his body “still feels really young”. At first there was the pace, but then came the injury and long layoff. It is a recurring theme in Lee’s career as he has aimed for numbers that would result in license suspensions on any Australian road and always seemed on the verge of striking a body or a wicket. His speed thrills, but after overcoming another serious ankle problem in 2009, there is no guarantee he will be able to continue slamming his foot down. Despite planning a post-cricket career in Bollywood – he already has a hit song with ‘You’re The One For Me’ and is learning Hindi. The Allan Border Medal was another reward, along with the Test Player of the Year prize and the Pura Cup, which he helped seal with 97, his highest first-class score.

Whenever Lee released the throttle and began that smooth acceleration, the spectator swayed with the flow. The leaping, classical delivery has produced a devastating Yorker, a devilish slower ball or a young-Donald out-swinger. Add a fruity vocabulary, a trademark jump for joy, a stylish bat, a streak of sadism when bowling at tail-enders, a pop group (Six And Out), and an endearing link to a job at a gentleman’s outfitters, and you had the 21st century’s first designer cricketer – not to mention a priceless pin-up boy.

Lee’s career hasn’t always been easy. He struggled against accusations of throwing bean balls, stress fractures and other injuries but no doubt Brett Lee shares his world’s fastest bowling records with Shoaib Akhtar and that is why he is known to dread facing him.

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