Bowled inswingers on Akram's advice: Junaid

hidden, Jan, 07 2013

New Delhi: The most impressive among the Pakistani pacers who made life difficult for Indian batsmen, Junaid Khan revealed that the legendary Wasim Akram's inputs about the host batsmen's "weaknesses" helped him get eight wickets in the just-concluded three-match ODI 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," the 23-year-old Junaid told PTI during an interaction before leaving for Lahore today.

Junaid Khan made life miserable for India's top-order. PTI

"It's very natural for left-arm fast bowlers to slant it across the right-handers. Once a guy like Virender Sehwag gauges the length of the away-going deliveries, you can be murdered. 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," said Junaid, who
has played 8 Tests and 16 ODIs for Pakistan.

In the three matches, Junaid got Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh out once while he made Virat Kohli his "bunny" getting him out thrice. "I was never under any kind of pressure to perform. I also got a lot of back-up from the other end as Mohammed Irfan and Umar Gul also bowled superbly. It was certainly a collective effort."

The man, who hails from the remote Abbottabad district in Pakistan, said that for him swing is more important than pace. "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."

The soft-spoken lad doesn't have any specific targets in mind and wants to serve Pakistan cricket for as long as possible. "God willing and with support of my family and teammates, I would like to play for Pakistan as long as possible and try to contribute my hundred percent to team's cause," the youngster concluded.

PTI

Published Date: Jan 07, 2013 | Updated Date: Jan 07, 2013



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