Wasim Akram helped me with my bowling: Junaid
KARACHI: Junaid Khan, who starred against India in the recently concluded one-day international series, credited former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram for helping him develop his bowling which rattled the Indian batting line up many times during the three-match series.
“I have been a bowler who has relied on bowling outswingers consistently at a good pace. It was Wasim bhai (Akram) who told me to develop the incoming delivery which would be my weapon against the Indian right-handers,” PTI quoted Junaid as saying.
The 23-year-old further added that he had done his research on the Indian players and worked accordingly to exploit their weaknesses.
“It’s very natural for left-arm fast bowlers to slant it across the right-handers. When I did my homework, I found out that Sehwag has a problem with the ball that comes in. I then started working hard on that incoming delivery with our chief bowling coach Mohammed Akram,” Junaid said.
Junaid, who dismissed Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli during the series against India, also said that swing is more important than pace for his bowling.
“I don’t want to compromise on pace but swing is the most important aspect of my bowling. One might get adjusted to pace but if one has the ability to move the ball consistently at a decent pace, he can create trouble in batsmen’s mind.”