Proud to be on Usain Bolt’s fan-list, says Waqar Younis
Speaking exclusively, he says, “I have heard about Bolt’s statement and respect his opinion about me. I am his fan too, though I have not met him, but would love to see him”.
The first sport to interest Bolt was cricket and he said if he was not a sprinter he would be a fast bowler instead. As a child he was a great supporter of the Pakistani cricket team and always admired the bowling of Waqar Younis.
“He may have seen me play in his country (in 1993)”.
But now that Bolt — the legendary Jamaican sprinter — is in the limelight for having won a record number of six gold medals in Olympics (including three he claimed in 2012 London Games).
“The people should take leaf out out of his career. He is really quick and no. 1 and I equally respect him”, Younis added.
Australian cricketer Shane Warne recently said that Bolt would be interested in playing in the Big Bash League.
“I don’t know how serious he is (about) playing this game of cricket. Whether he wants to play cricket or is really asked to do so...but he can be a successful bowler if he really tries hard”, Younis said.
During one charity cricket match Usain Bolt clean-bowled Chris Gayle. In this match Bolt also struck a six off Chris Gayle’s bowling.
Jamaica island has tradition of producing fast bowlers and the world would be excited to see this 27-year fastest runner on the earth bowling to the great batsmen on field of cricket.
Interestingly, Bolt is also a football fan.
As a result of his successes in athletics, he was named the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for 2009 and 2010.