Sri Lanka’s batting great and Karachi Kings captain Kumara Sangakkara has revealed that Wasim Akram is the toughest bowler that he has ever faced, despite of just a handful of encounters with him.
The great Sri Lankan left-handed batsman has faced the Sultan of Swing just nine times in his career and the left-arm fast bowler has dismissed him thrice, but, Sangakkara still feels that he was extremely difficult to face.
Speaking on the Howie Games podcast, the wicket-keeper batsman revealed, “I think I’ve faced Wasim Akram only a few times (but he was) immensely difficult.”
He highlighted that Wasim Akram is not among the highest Test wicket-takers, but still he has tested the best batsmen of the world.
“It’s strange you know, when you pick your bowlers or the people think, if you take Akram on the Test wicket tally, he’s nowhere near the top.
“He’s 12th, but you ask any batsman around the world and his name always comes up.
“He was an absolute genius,” he added.
Sangakkara, who has an average of 41.98 in ODI cricket, averages only 11.75 in the games in which Wasim Akram played.—Agencies