Wasim Akram was exactly the kind of bowler you thought of while imagining perfection. Wasim was an outstanding exponent of swing, seam and reverse-swing. The legend from Pakistan went onto mesmerize the world and befuddle the batsmen for 414 wickets in 104 Test matches and glittered it 25 five-wicket hauls.
Wasim's genius can be not only gauged by the fact that he mastered bowling with the Kookaburra, SG, Dukes balls but also that he was hailed by one and only Brian Lara as the bowler he was never set against.
His excellence was not limited to the beautiful realms of Test match Cricket, as the youngster picked up by the great Imran Khan went onto clinch 500 ODI wickets in 356 games. He played a key role in Pakistan winning the 1992 World Cup and attained legendary status by amassing over 2000 wickets across all official cricket.
The memories of the "Sultan of Swing" are innumerable and invaluable, it is the lifetime of cricket nostalgia. He started off his glorious career in 1985 and retired from the 15 years back at the end of 2003 World Cup. 15 years is a long time in our sport.
Well, if Dale Steyn, someone who emulates that greatness, is to go by, the love and the nostalgia has hardly faded away. Recently, Dale Steyn's childhood memory of watching the great Wasim Akram in his absolute prime was shared in a post by a Pakistani Journalist Saj Sadiq over twitter and it won everyone's heart coming from one great for another.