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Mitchell Starc is one of my favourite bowlers in world: Wasim Akram

By Rashmi Nanda -

Wasim Akram, the legendary fast-bowler said that the Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc is one of his favorite bowlers in the world and also recognized that Starc has to master the art of bowling away swingers on flat tracks to turn out to be a complete behemoth. 

Starc is the player, who constantly improved day by day and now we can undoubtedly say that the lanky fast bowler is the best fast bowler of the world. With his brilliant bowling by getting the four second-innings wickets which helped Australia to won the second Test against Pakistan in Melbourne Cricket Ground last week.

On Monday, Akram told Fairfax Media, “He is one of my favorite bowlers in world cricket. The day I saw him, when India was touring five years ago, I was working with Star Sports and I had a session with him for half an hour. I realized this bowler was going to do wonders.

Akram also feels that Starc should improve his pace; bounce and in-swinging Yorker by using different verities of the ball especially the Kookaburra.

He said on this, “The only thing I reckon he should be improving is his away-swinger on flat decks. If he is not bringing the ball back in, sometimes on a flat wicket, especially the Kookaburra after 20 overs, it doesn’t come in as much.”

The fast bowling great added, “That’s where the across ball has to be more consistent. He has got the bounce, he has got pace, and on top of that, he has got the best Yorker in world cricket now. There is Steyn, there is Anderson and there is Starc. Right now, Starc’s form is a lot better than those two so he is top of the ladder for me,”

After seeing his fitness level and spells, the bowling legend has predicted that the Aussie fast bowler is able to achieve the 400 Test wickets landmark by the end of the career.

Akram stated, “He looks physically fit and he bowls long spells, so that is a good sign. It’s difficult to predict, but that’s his goal. He should be getting at least 350, 400 Test wickets. More, obviously, would be even better.”