Commonwealth Bank Series 2011-12 February 7, 2012

Wasim Akram reveals Starc advice

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Mitchell Starc's presently irresistible blend of swing, speed and direction is all in the wrist - the result of a fiendishly simple piece of advice from Wasim Akram.

Since a brief meeting with Wasim at the SCG nets during the New Year's Test against India, Starc has plucked 14 wickets at 13.42 in all competitions, finding the rhythm to test the very best batsmen.

Twice he has removed Sachin Tendulkar, lbw to a ball curling back in the Perth Test, then pouched in the gully as he stretched to cover a Starc delivery snaking across him in Sunday's Melbourne ODI. That dismissal was largely the result of the batsman's knowledge that he could just as easily received a delivery that swung back: exactly the sort of doubt a left-arm bowler must create.

Watching it all from the commentary box has been Wasim, who said his words to Starc had focused on sending the ball down with a snap or flick of the wrist at the point of delivery, a gambit known to enhance swing. It appears to have done the trick for Starc, who turned heads when he next appeared in the Twenty20 Big Bash League before returning to the national side.

"One thing I like about him is he's got the in-swinger going to the right-hander, he's got the pace, he's tall and he's fit," Wasim told ESPNcricinfo. "When I saw him in the nets we just mainly spoke about the swing bowling and wrist positioning.

"I told him when he comes in to bowl to the right-handers like he does normally, to flick his wrist at the last moment to gain the most swing - the snap. On these wickets [in Australia] if he learns to do that he will get a lot more wickets.

"If he's done well after talking to me for half an hour, the credit goes to him. He's picked it up so well, he's a nice guy and I've told him next time I'm around, I'm here for the one dayers so if he wants to come up to me I would like to have a word to him about reverse swing as well."

Wasim's advice, which also covered how to use the variation from around the wicket to pose more questions for batsmen when the ball lost its shine, was delivered with a healthy helping of encouragement, for the former Pakistan captain liked plenty of what he saw in Starc even before he had seen him bowl in the flesh.

"It is a very simple, beautiful action, an easy action, upright, wrist is straight, everything is very natural to him, so that is a plus," Wasim said. "He's got a bright future. I had a very quick arm action, but his action is very beautiful, nice and smooth. Now he is flicking the wrist he'll be more dangerous and over the next three to four months he is only going to get better. With his action there is less chance of injuries, that's for sure and a good sign for him."

While Starc has benefited from Wasim's empathy for left-arm bowlers, the older man said he was also impressed by the way the Australian attack has been harnessed by a former international foe, Craig McDermott.

"He has a very good coach in Craig McDermott, who has been there and done it himself and he knows the psyche," Wasim said. "I have a problem with coaches who've never played cricket at that level. First-class level, fine, but that level is different. You need to be able to explain it to a youngster that 'look, I have done it' and that's how they pick things up very quickly."

Starc is not the only left-armer Wasim is hoping to aid during his time in Australia he is also open to working with Mitchell Johnson during his rehabilitation from foot surgery. Their paths may yet cross in Perth this week while the triangular series visits the west.

"Being a left-arm bowler I can explain much more to left-armers than right-armers. The wrist positioning, angle, the crease," Wasim said. "I remember seeing Johnson three years ago in South Africa, he was bringing the ball back in, he was getting wickets left, right and centre, but after that series it was gone.

"Being a left-arm bowler at this level if you don't have the in-swing you'll be struggling, you're not going to get many wickets. I can work with him and if he can get in touch I would love to help him - he's a very talented cricketer, and he has a future as well, as long as he can get his in-swing back."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • on February 10, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Completely agree with many of the comments posted. Wasim should get out there and coach more. As for India, they need to get their act together in a multitude of ways, not just coaching, though having Wasim as a bowling coach would be a dream come true!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 10, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Dennis Lillee's MRF Pace Foundation should be scrapped. He is screwing up Indian's youngsters. I strongly feel that's what he is happening to our young pacers in India. His action was aweful (career threatening injury). Same applies to Waqar and Shane Bond. Lillee had to change his action to survive. Compare that to natural pacers like Wasim, Holding, Kapil, Garner, Marshall, Imran, Roberts, Allan Donald - pure pace poetry in motion - injury free backs for their entire careers.

  • Number_5 on February 8, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    @SirEngland apologies for not understanding paid work doesn't count as "help". Although by the tone of it all i doubt any response would count. Great to see past legends of the game helping up and coming players, paid or not.

  • Peterincanada on February 8, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    Two greatest left armers were Wasim and Davidson. They were totally different in their actions and approach. Davidson's action was classic. Wasim had a very short delivery stride and hence used more arm and shoulder. But it shows that there is more than one way to bowl in order to be great.

    My favorite memory of Wasim was the1992 world cup final. Pakistan batted first on a flat pitch, with little movement which was very batsman friendly. Then Wasim came onto bowl and it was as if they had changed pitches during the interval. The ball was suddenly rising sharply and dangerously when just short of a length or swinging around corners when pitched up. It was a man against boys with predictable results.

  • adnan_rifat84 on February 8, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    The time when Wasim used to bowl I always wished may he not get retire from Pakistan Team, I had lot respect for him as a bowler but as far as far as coaching concern he have double standard, e.g: PCB try to hire him many times but he always said he is unavailable for coaching and he can't go to (PAKISTANI) youngsters by himself to teach them how to swing the bowl, they have to come towards me by them self (tell me Mr. Wasim since you get retire how much time you spend in your own country and foreign countries (India & Australia). You always have time for Indian & Aussies to coach them, you always go by yourself to grounds on NET PRACTICE sessions and teach both team bowlers how to swing the bowl but you don't have time for your own country !!! May be its the big cricket boards and big money there for you. We have Aqib Javed & Waqar Younis (both could take much wickets than you but because of your politics both bowlers end up there career very soon) better than you.

  • PiyushD on February 8, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Problem with Indian board and bowlers is their ego that does not allow them to accept that they lack something, they think they are the best, eric simmons is surely not upto the point but all in the world except Indian board can see, even if they get Donald or Wasim as coach it will not do wonders unless that advice is taken seriously and the shortcoming removed by hard work.

  • SirEngland on February 8, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    @Number_5, I don't need to do any research mate. Dennis Lillee was employed. He wouldn't give free advice.

  • Number_5 on February 8, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    @SirEngland, do some research on the work Dennis Lillee has done with his MRF pace bowling academy in India.

  • Arun_sambasivam on February 8, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    @insightfulcricketer- you r correct,Wasim openly offered to coach Indian seamers.but,Pakistan wanted one thing from india which is unacceptable by indians. AFTER RETIREMENT S.R.TENDULKAR have to coach Pakistan batsmans.

  • on February 8, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    Completely agree with many of the comments posted. Wasim should get out there and coach more. As for India, they need to get their act together in a multitude of ways, not just coaching, though having Wasim as a bowling coach would be a dream come true!

  • on February 10, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Completely agree with many of the comments posted. Wasim should get out there and coach more. As for India, they need to get their act together in a multitude of ways, not just coaching, though having Wasim as a bowling coach would be a dream come true!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 10, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    Dennis Lillee's MRF Pace Foundation should be scrapped. He is screwing up Indian's youngsters. I strongly feel that's what he is happening to our young pacers in India. His action was aweful (career threatening injury). Same applies to Waqar and Shane Bond. Lillee had to change his action to survive. Compare that to natural pacers like Wasim, Holding, Kapil, Garner, Marshall, Imran, Roberts, Allan Donald - pure pace poetry in motion - injury free backs for their entire careers.

  • Number_5 on February 8, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    @SirEngland apologies for not understanding paid work doesn't count as "help". Although by the tone of it all i doubt any response would count. Great to see past legends of the game helping up and coming players, paid or not.

  • Peterincanada on February 8, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    Two greatest left armers were Wasim and Davidson. They were totally different in their actions and approach. Davidson's action was classic. Wasim had a very short delivery stride and hence used more arm and shoulder. But it shows that there is more than one way to bowl in order to be great.

    My favorite memory of Wasim was the1992 world cup final. Pakistan batted first on a flat pitch, with little movement which was very batsman friendly. Then Wasim came onto bowl and it was as if they had changed pitches during the interval. The ball was suddenly rising sharply and dangerously when just short of a length or swinging around corners when pitched up. It was a man against boys with predictable results.

  • adnan_rifat84 on February 8, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    The time when Wasim used to bowl I always wished may he not get retire from Pakistan Team, I had lot respect for him as a bowler but as far as far as coaching concern he have double standard, e.g: PCB try to hire him many times but he always said he is unavailable for coaching and he can't go to (PAKISTANI) youngsters by himself to teach them how to swing the bowl, they have to come towards me by them self (tell me Mr. Wasim since you get retire how much time you spend in your own country and foreign countries (India & Australia). You always have time for Indian & Aussies to coach them, you always go by yourself to grounds on NET PRACTICE sessions and teach both team bowlers how to swing the bowl but you don't have time for your own country !!! May be its the big cricket boards and big money there for you. We have Aqib Javed & Waqar Younis (both could take much wickets than you but because of your politics both bowlers end up there career very soon) better than you.

  • PiyushD on February 8, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Problem with Indian board and bowlers is their ego that does not allow them to accept that they lack something, they think they are the best, eric simmons is surely not upto the point but all in the world except Indian board can see, even if they get Donald or Wasim as coach it will not do wonders unless that advice is taken seriously and the shortcoming removed by hard work.

  • SirEngland on February 8, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    @Number_5, I don't need to do any research mate. Dennis Lillee was employed. He wouldn't give free advice.

  • Number_5 on February 8, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    @SirEngland, do some research on the work Dennis Lillee has done with his MRF pace bowling academy in India.

  • Arun_sambasivam on February 8, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    @insightfulcricketer- you r correct,Wasim openly offered to coach Indian seamers.but,Pakistan wanted one thing from india which is unacceptable by indians. AFTER RETIREMENT S.R.TENDULKAR have to coach Pakistan batsmans.

  • on February 8, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    Completely agree with many of the comments posted. Wasim should get out there and coach more. As for India, they need to get their act together in a multitude of ways, not just coaching, though having Wasim as a bowling coach would be a dream come true!

  • on February 7, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    He reminds me of M Amir. Amir in England used to swing in and out like that allthough a bit more then Starc but Starc is right there. Lets see he turns into some one like Wasim Akram rather then Mitchell Johnson ( a failure)

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 7, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    A True Legend Who Always Ready to Help Youngsters...

  • Kruger81 on February 7, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    @insightfulcricketer- If I remember correctly Wasim openly offered to help/coach Indian seamers ahead of a Pakistan tour of India (cant remember the year), something PCB was not very happy about. Apparantely Indian authorities declined the offer. Now that someone else has got an ear for his advice you don't like that either? The fact that Wasim is there as part of a contract he has with an Indian channel surely adds to the irony but it doesn't translate itself into restrictions on who he offers advice to.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 7, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Greatest left arm pacer of all time. Very tough to decide between him and Malcolm Marshall for the greatest pacer of all time. Wow! What a sight it would be to have the skiddy and deadly Marshall from one end and the menading swing and pace of Wasim from the other. And then you have Whispering Death and Andy Roberts as the second pair with Waqar/Garner thrown in anywhere anytime. phew!!!!!that's some pace. A sight for the Gods. What a pace attack that would be! Dream! Sweet Dream!

  • zuber21886 on February 7, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Australia are already good in their bowling departments, its India in the cricketing world who needs to lift up their bowling part, and for that they need legendary coaches, like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and others.

  • Arpra on February 7, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    One more reason why Wasim should not be in the commentary box. He is diminishing his legacy by commentating which he is not particularly good at. He should be out there coaching young fast bowlers and share his awesomeness with the kids.

  • Rakim on February 7, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Wasim loves game of cricket and he has a big heart. He would teach anybody his art, even to an Indian bowler. Wasim = true greatness

  • GreatWhitePathan on February 7, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Wasim Akram spent a few minutes with this lad and he learnt how to vary his deliveries. Wahab Riaz has got years of advice from from Wasim, Waqar and Aaqib Javed but he still cant bowl inswing to right handers!! Says it all really!

  • karabara on February 7, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    WASIM is very generous to GORI CHAMRI only. When the young Pakistani cricketer's ask him for advice ....than he is Mum

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    India needs to hire Wasim's services if they want to get anywhere ... Free advice to a youngster ... Kudos to Wasim for being such a sport !!

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    I have never seen a tall bowler swinging the ball genuinely, I guess the height plays a role, 22 yards of pitch length & you are above 6'4, I guess you will end up banging the ball if you have to pitch it in good length,as your point of delivery(ball exiting from the hand will be at 7'6). If you see all good swing bowlers they are below 6' or around it, which makes an ideal position to swing the ball as the point of delivery will naturally on good length and with wrist position will better the swing.

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    That is what great sportsman are , they love to help . Indian bowlers didn't take advantage from wasim but Aussies did , It also shows they are more eager to learn and perform . I Like Australia team a lot cuz they are the only one's who conquered Europe ,Africa , West indies and the difficult Subcontinent . From pakistan

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Wasim : please give few tips to indian bowlers as well especially Irfan

  • Barnesy4444 on February 7, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Starc did bowl mch better in Perth than he did against NZ. Advice from the best quicky of the last 20 years can only help.

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    finally An encouraging left arm fast bowler on the scene..great for game ..thank you wasim bhai

  • VivGilchrist on February 7, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Wasim is a champ. It's amazing the fast bowling talent Pakistan has produced... Wasim,Waqar, Imran, Shoaib.... and over the border - sweet diddly squat.

  • asimmuz on February 7, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    We love u Wasim for your support to world cricket !

  • hasanfayyaz on February 7, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    wasim bhai u were a genius when u ball, u r a genius when u sit in commentary box and u r a genius when u help young guys.....

  • Attractivue on February 7, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Mitch should go to Akram! Akram is probably the greatest left hand bowler of all time and one of the greatest of all time!

  • asimmuz on February 7, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Mitchell Starc must feel lucky to have a teacher like Wasim akram; who can ball more than 10 different type of diliveries and was legend of his time...He is role model for all the left arm fast bowlers ...World cricket needs to see more bowlers like him who can broke the wickets/legs wih their swinging yorkers ..Love u Wasim Akram ..!

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    That's why Legends have no boundaries, they teach everyone regardless of what he teaches it can trouble his own team.

  • NightRider001 on February 7, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Mr. Wasim you seem to be willing to work with everyone other than cricketers from your own country...

  • akshayasiri on February 7, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Yes, He is a great bowler and why cant BCCI hire him as a bowling coach to Indian National Team.

  • RoJayao on February 7, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Wasim should start a lefties bowling school somewhere, he'd be brilliant! Top bloke, top bowler.

  • kingcommentator on February 7, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    the great pakistanis still finding ways to torment the indians!

  • on February 7, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    And I am sure that our players like R.P.Singh, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan cannot do much worse than not hounding him out and understanding the nuances of swing bowling.............Actually, it is time we take our bowling coach position seriously.

  • KarachiKid on February 7, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    The champion Wasim should be Pakistan's full time bowling coach. But I guess PCB would not have enough funds allocated to this position which is currently held by his fellow paces (in ODI's only) Aaqib Javed.

  • myers74 on February 7, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    I remember watching some footage of Brett Lee and Wasim in the stands. Lee was out with injury and Wasim was passing on tips to Lee. Lee came back and went from an average to good bowler to a great bowler. Since then I was a total fan of Wasim, someone who loves to share knowledge and help people, no matter their country. What an absolute legend!

  • on February 7, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Starc has hit the jack pot. He must consider himself the luckiest cricketer on planet earth at present. All hail the greatest bowler of them all.

  • SixSixes666 on February 7, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Absolutely agree 100% that Australia needs a left-handed bowling coach. Craig McDermott is doing a great job but he is right handed. Left-handers have a different skill set and tactics to learn that a right-hander can't identify with. Wasim with 400 test AND one-day wickets would be the ideal choice, if not as coach then as adviser. He wants to share his art with talented left-handed youngsters like Starc so CA should take advantage of his generosity. Additionally CA need to stop relying on the batting old guard and seriously look to the future. Yes they are still scoring runs which does create a short term fix, but at the expense of developing our younger generation batsmen. There will be losses with this approach but Australia took from 1984-1989 to create a great cricket team. In this transitional phase of Aussie cricket we need to once again look to long term development unfortunately at the expense of some absolute cricket legends.

  • Abdurrazaaq on February 7, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    lol @ whip. Where do Australia get all these good fast bowlers from????? Its like they being churned out in a factory somewhere in the outback! Bright future for the Aussies!

  • on February 7, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    If I ever saw a bawler, it was wasim. I dont think anyone can easily copy his skills even if he himself is ready to give that. Its more inheritant to total body, mind and talent combination rather than individual techniques to develop. My opinion is reinforced with the fact that Pak still couldnt develop a bawler similar to him. cheers guys. Thusitha from Sri Lanka.

  • Governor on February 7, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Back in 2009, Wasim Akram made an offer to Mitchell Johnson during the 2009 UK Tour to sought out his problems. Mitchell Johnson declined. Mitchell Starc sought out Wasim Akram's advice and it has paid dividends. Do we need Mitchell Johnson? I don't think so.

  • PrasPunter on February 7, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    As an Aussie, I have always been envious about Wasim Akram for the sort of champion he is !! Wish his skills rub-on to me , a small-time left-arm seamer , so that I can deliver those toe-crushing yorkers !! A true legend !! And wish CA utilizes and picks his brains on reverse swing before Ashes !!

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    wasim, Simply The legend.........

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    As a Pakistani, im really proud of you Waseem. and no doubt Aussies are very quick learner that's why they remained the number 1 team of the world for more them an decade.

  • PrasPunter on February 7, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    To me , Wasim Akram is the best left-arm seamer I have ever seen in my life !! Wow, those toe-crushing , reverse-swinging yorkers, wonder anyone can bowl as consistently as Wasim !! Wish CA employs Wasim in some form to pick his brains !!! I myself am a left-arm seam bowler and even if I am 10 % as good as Wasim, it can be highly effective !! Pak is truely a land of Bowling Greats !!

  • thePakistanian on February 7, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    One great talent Javaid Miadad, Zaheer Abaas & Imran Khan (in particular) was that they can just see a guy Batting or Bowling for 10 mins & can tell them how far he can go. Wasim & Waqar & others trained under Imran Khan too have that same eye! Amir too was Wasim discovery!! That too is a talent in itself.... You can bowl 5 bowls in front of him & if ur good enough .. U can be the next star!! Such a unique Eye!!

  • MohammadAffan on February 7, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    We shall be very pleased to know if Wasim can also reveal reason behind not serving his country as a bowling coach. We ( Pakistani ) love to see him behind his team.

  • kurups on February 7, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    in my books "the most lethal bowler"..and my favorite!! that quick arm action has scared many a batsmen!..its great to see him offer help to anyone who approaches him - a truly great player and a great ambassador!! well done Wasim, you r a gem!

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on February 7, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    and India are stuck with Eric Simons, who has successfully ensured that Ishant Sharma will never reach his potential. Balaji, Dinda and Unadkat looked pretty good for Kolkata in the IPL even. are you listening BCCI?

  • insightfulcricketer on February 7, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    That all very sweet of Wasim to do. But the irony of all is that here Wasim a Pakistani is giving tips to Australian bowlers while he is there soley because Indian TV channels have employed him. Poor Indian cricket when things turn bad everything works against you :)

  • the_blue_android on February 7, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    If Wasim was born in Australia, England or SA, he would have taken 700 test wickets easy. The greatest fast bowler ever. Period.

  • Doogius on February 7, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    I hate to disagree with one of the modern masters of swing but, you flick the wrist you impart backspin on the ball (centrifigual force), it does 2 things. 1, maintains the seam position (per a bicycle) and 2, the swing doesn't actually kick in until the revs decline on the ball (therefore the swing is late). So whilst the seam position aids the degree of movement, the movement is later, hence not as great. Simple physics, but when done by a great bowler such as Wasim, truly deadly....

  • Ameega on February 7, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    @Whip "A teacher can teach best only to a student who can apply the teaching. Try this with Zaheer Khan or the Indian bowlers. There would be no returns." LOL

  • JasonG_123 on February 7, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Australian bowlers in recent times have certainly benefited from some "expert advice", Wasim for Starc, Lilee for Johnson (when he was good), Mcgrath for Pattinson and McDermott for Siddle and Hilfy off the top of my head/

  • Nautika on February 7, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    It seems Mr.Wasim is begging these bowlers to come and take advice from him. He is sharing his experience in all the wrong places and looks like they dont want it, still he is persisting" pls come to me i will give you advise" I saw the video while he was teaching Starc, it didnt look like Starc was at all interested in his lectures. Instead of going around the nets in the world looking for his next pupil he should concentrate on his own countrymen like Junaid Khan. Traitor...He is more happy in coaching indian bowlers who are good for nothing. What good did he do with Zaheer Khan teaching him for years.

  • vamshi_teamindia on February 7, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    WASIM BHAI PLS GO TO INDIAN MANAGEMENT N ASK THEM TO PICK ZAK N IRFAN IN THE NEXT TEAM!! N PLS HELP OUR INDIAN BOWLERS AS WELL AS U WOULD DO ALWAYS!!

  • rahulcricket007 on February 7, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    DURING PRACTICE SESSION OF PERTH TEST I SAW STARC TAKING SOME ADVICE FROM WASIM AKRAM . WHY DON'T YOUR INDIAN BOWLERS ESPESCIALLY ISHANT SHARMA TAKES SOME ADIVCE FROM HIM . INSTEAD OF TAKING SOME TIPS HE IS BUSY IN GO-CARTING , WATCHING MOVIES , SHOPPING . SERIOUSLY DROP ISHANT FROM TEAM .

  • on February 7, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    A Great Bowler of all time proves he's a great man too by sharing his experience with youngster..Good job Wasim..God bless u!!!

  • on February 7, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Wasim needs to work with Wahab Raiz also, the guy is very inconsistant.

  • ElvisKing on February 7, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    @Whip...FYI , Zaheer did get a few tips from Wasim way back and is still a good bowler. Starc has the advantage of the height, he is 6' 4" and as such his natural action would give him a good bounce, and with Wasim's guidance he has become better, but unlike Zaheer Khan we have not heard from him that he got the bowling tips from Wasim. And its a good thing that every bowler's yard stick these days is ..."The Wicket of Sachin Tendulkar". Such is the magic Sachin's bat wields.

  • MisterObvious on February 7, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Left-arm quicks are worth their weight in gold. Good ones have a way of getting the ball to dip in to right-hand bats or angling it across for an edge to slips. But they can also wreak havoc on left-hand bats with their natural outswing - like what Zak recently did to Aus left-handed top order several times. I wasn't really sold on Starc until Perth when he got Sachin LBW with an unplayable pitched-up in-dipper & surprised Gambhir into a gift to Hussey off a cobra that reared up off a length. Wow! I thought to meself. I noticed he clocked 150 kph a couple of times, too. Then, given that he's 1.96 m tall & can rock that bounce - well, I'm liking what I see a whole lot. Now I'm even higher on this kid than on Cummins & Pattinson, which is saying a fair bit. Quick as Mitchell Johnson, taller, more bounce, better control, moves the cherry both ways -- Starc is starting to deliver everything that Johnson only promised, but couldn't, except rarely. Good on Wasim. What a mentor to have!

  • AjaySridharan on February 7, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    I love Wasim's attitude and willingness to share his incredible knowledge and experience. If only the Indian bowlers would listen and learn!! BCCI should shell out as much money as needed to have Wasim as its bowling coach for a few years. What's the point in having Venkatesh Prasad as the bowling coach!!

  • on February 7, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    irfan pathan also needs to perform good if akram suggests any tips in his bowling action.go pathan

  • zenboomerang on February 7, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    @Gordo85 :- "he went from bowling trash into bowling well"... I think you are a bit confused mate... Starc has been bowling well for a fair while now - his waywardness against NZ I put down to nerves, & he looked it, especially after missing that sitter... Looked all at sea... Seems to have calmed down now & hitting his straps... Wasim :- "if he (Starc) learns to do that (wrist snap) he will get a lot more wickets"... Its not something that happens overnight - it takes months of practice to get right...

  • shamaero on February 7, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    wasim for indian bowling coach !

  • Anjana_nd on February 7, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs & Eranga - I actually heard that Chaminda Vaas was the first non-Pakistani bowler that Wasim taught the concept of reverse swing and I'm sure he gave away a few other pointers as well. No need to say much, Vaas's record speaks for itself as to how successful a bowler he became, in tough sub-continent conditions.

  • on February 7, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    See thats how there is secret hand of pakistan behind india defeat... :P

  • Tootsie on February 7, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    No better left-armer than Wasim. Good on him for helping Mitch.

  • satish619chandar on February 7, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Good the legends of the game come in contact with upcoming talents.. I would credit Starc more for listening o him and implementing it in a successful manner..

  • IndiaKoBuchhoe on February 7, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Wasim - you are welcome to make a come back anytime. And, if you choose to play for India you may well be considered to have many many years with the team - age is no factor nor is fitness or ability so you actually win in any category! Wasim for leader of the new world order! USA and Europe are on the edge of collapse and what the UN need is someone who is as unselfish as you! You are a TRUE LEGEND.

  • koldmeat on February 7, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Wasim Akram, The GOD of Fast Bowling....

  • on February 7, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Wasim Akram shop is open.

  • hoodbu on February 7, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Now if only Wasim could be as generous with Pakistani left-armers, such as Junaid Khan and Sadaf Hussain.

  • Potatis on February 7, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Wasim Akram is a very generous man.

  • on February 7, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Fine Read, well written Mr.Brettig. I wish Wasim Akram helps out Irfan Pathan from getting his pace back and being an all rounder. Irfan was a promising bowler that lost a bit of spark and now the fast bowlers that are out there for India havent done any wonders really.

  • ROLAYH on February 7, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Wasim bhai Zindabad.....Starc is a great learner as gaining knowledge and applying it on the field require a lot of dedication and skills

  • jonesy2 on February 7, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    why dont CA employ wasim as a left arm bowling coach, seriously. he could work with starc, faulkner, MJ as well any up and coming young lefties.

  • donda on February 7, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    No surprise, where ever wasim akram sees a left arm bowler he goes ahead and give him advice. He is generous man.

    Two left arm bowlers pakistan had both are gone with spot fixing. Now akram has other country bowlers to give advice.

    Keep it akram, may be one day you will get some pakistani bowlers to give advice.

    Please and kindly don't give advice on reverse swing, it's pakistani art and should stay with us. Why are you teaching aussies the reverse swing, no clue.

    Too much information is not good to be given to others.

  • IndiaKoBuchhoe on February 7, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    This needs to be the team for India in the VB Series: Tendulkar (for personal reasons), Sehwag, Gambhir, Kholi, Rohit Sharma, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, irfan Pathan, Yadav. Please India Selectors and Mgt, play them just once and see the difference - there's nothing to lose - it can't get any worse for the highest paid team on the planet. Time for a major change in the mgt and seletors if they continue to persist with a failed formula for selection!

  • Harry_Kool on February 7, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    Harry is actually very impressed with Mitch Starc. If he can be just half as good as Wasim...................................

  • on February 7, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    It is wonderful how these great cricketer share their expertise to players from "rival" countries. It is a philosophy that we could benefit from in other areas. Good job Wasim!

  • jonesy2 on February 7, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    with starc, pattinson and cummins australia should, in the coming 15 years, have the greatest bowling attack of all time. of course there are no garantees, potential is more than evident

  • Whip on February 7, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    A teacher can teach best only to a student who can apply the teaching. Try this with Zaheer Khan or the Indian bowlers. There would be no returns.

  • xylo on February 7, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    I am guessing Irfan Pathan would be nodding in agreement.

  • on February 7, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    Wasim a wonderful bowler of his era youngsters can learn lot from him great Pakistani star

  • on February 7, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    good on you wasim!! We need some tips for our bangladeshi pacers!

  • Vijay_R1965 on February 7, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    What's it going to take for BCCI to get rid of no-good hacks like Eric Simons and appoint somebody like Wasim as a bowling coach? Ishant Sharma is a wasted talent just like Srinath was. He's not going to learn anything new after four futile and barren years of international cricket. But imagine what a boon it would be for the next crop like Umesh Yadav and Varun Aron? Wake up BCCI. Wasim may not be willing to swap his lucrative media commitments for India's bowling coach position, but give it a shot.. you just might be able to entice him and we'll be guaranteed a good attack for the next decade.

  • timus6778 on February 7, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    plz guide pathan also, wasim bhai,.

  • Gordo85 on February 7, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    I knew that something serious had been done since he went from bowling trash into bowling well so it doesn't suprise me it is because of the champion Wasim.

  • redneck on February 7, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    hats of to mr akram for offering help to our young quicks! its such a shame these pakistan legends apear totally wasted on their own team. i know pakistan just whitewashed england and well done to them, but why is wasim out here covering matches for indian television? he should be the first on the list on a list to get involved in pakistan cricket. hes a great of the game and arguably one of the biggest tallents ever to walk onto a cricket field. what he could do with the ball in the most unhelpful conditions is second to none. australias and the west indies have had some amazing quicks over the years but never with the same skill set as what waqar, wasim and imran could do.

  • Chirs-Cry on February 7, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    All hail the King. Wasim Akram - The greatest fast bowler of all time.

  • SPotnis on February 7, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    Wasim is the finest left arm bowler the world has ever seen. The fact that he is passing along his knowledge to the new bowlers is sure sign of a good natured human being. He and Imran Khan were the face of Pakistan cricket in their playing days and I have always admired them for their game changing abilities on their own merit. Wasim himself learnt a few things from Malcolm Marshall, especially the cutter which is such a deadly delivery from the southpaw.

  • slugger1969 on February 7, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    Mitchell....call Wasim NOW!!!!!!!

  • on February 7, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    wasim you should say very good business not Help hahah n speaking truth no harm

  • on February 7, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    Hpw about getting him as a fast bowling consultant or for coaching schedule few times a yeat Sri LAnka Cricket ? Can the present fast bowling coach relate to swing bowling at all ?

  • on February 7, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    This is why I love cricket. It doesn't matter what country you come from. When you have played the game, a true sportsman does not care. They will help anyone improve their skills for the cause of the game. I will have to say I like Wasim Akram more now than I did when he was playing Australia of course. I think that anyone who can take time out to help others no matter who they are or where they are from shows me that they are a true Gentleman of the game.

  • on February 7, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    Is there anything with the cricket ball that Wasim Akram couldn't do - what a legend! There are some cricketers who are just beyond opinions colored by nationality. Starc looked very good in the BBL game as well. Good to see him carry that form into the international arena.

  • on February 7, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    What a good bloke - good to see that former champions are prepared to help players from anywhere to help improve the standard of test cricket, it's so easy to imagine that it might be hard to shed one's loyalty to your country to help out an opponent.

  • thephill on February 7, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    Any Wasim could have a chat with Mitchel Johnson too?

  • eyballfallenout on February 7, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    Wasim was a great bowler, and its awesome he is helping our guys. Why do pakistan produce such great fast bowlers but no one else in the region can.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 7, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    Why can't BCCI hire Wasim, the Sultan of Swing, as our bowling coach? If a team can spend $2 million on Jadeja, for the same amount of money BCCI we can hire Wasim to groom half a dozen fast bowlers. It will be money well spent.

  • Desihungama on February 7, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Wasim - This is brilliant and great service to the cricketing world. At the same time we also want you to use your clout to bring cricket back to Pakistan.

  • takenaback on February 7, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    Please don't talk about Mitchell Johnson, it's no coincidence that Australia have started performing better without him and his unpredictability.

  • Meety on February 7, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    If I was a left arm pace bowler (with an ounce of talent), I would be stalking the great Wasim. It was clear that after talking to Wasim, Starc has gone from a talented but erratic potential, to a very dangerous proposition. I believe the "session" was only about 15minutes. Cric Oz should hire him to do some sessions with Starc, Bollinger, MJ & Faulkner!

  • johnathonjosephs on February 7, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    What I would give for Wasim to have a "word" or two with some Sri Lankan players

  • playitstraight on February 7, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    Wow... Respected Wasim Akram, kindly come to the nets where our Indian fast bowlers are practicing (or rather relaxing) and give them a bit of advice as well like you did to Starc. We Indian fans will be so grateful, even the "unlucky" Ishant may become the old Ishant again! We are already grateful to Pakistan for whitewashing England, so please help our struggling fast bowlers!!!

  • JustOUT on February 7, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    ah.. I am surprised on why our bowling legend Ishant Sharma never did to approach Wasim bhai for some quick tips. May be he thought, he is the ultimate bowler in this world to bowl all the rubbish bowling. The main reason behind Team India's bowling failure is the ARROGANT nature of this rubbish bowlers, who think by taking a wicket (by luck) or so, they are the WORLD NO.1 bowler. Then, how Dale steyn should react!!

  • dunger.bob on February 7, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Wasim, what a good bloke you are. !! .... .. See, these fast bowlers, they don't care about nationalism. .. they'll tell their story to anyone who'll listen. .. its hard work, and if they can help out a member of the brotherhood they will. .. bigger hearts than batsmen...

  • on February 7, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    As an Aussie, I loved Wasim Akram as a child, and now he's become even dearer to my heart. One of the greatest cricketers of his generation...

  • dsig3 on February 7, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    Starc could always swing it, but advice from the master is always a bonus. Good luck with Johnson mate. If you can get him to swing the ball consistently that would be a greater achievement than the 1000 odd wickets you took in your career.

  • on February 7, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    If CA is smart they should get Wasim to do a little extra coaching for the next couple of months to help further develop left armer skills in AUS. Nice build up for Ashes :)

  • KeshavSeshadri85 on February 7, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    Amazing, the legends make things look so absurdly simple. 30 minutes of a meaningful conversation with someone like Wasim, Warne or Sachin could change a career. Great to hear about such mentoring and to see such instant results or Starc, albeit at the expense of the Indian batting order.

  • Bang_La on February 7, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    ".........finding the rhythm to test the very best batsmen." Where did Starc meet the very best batsmen during Aussie-India series?

  • on February 7, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    Well there you go Johnson; have a chat with Wasim.I know he's talking with Lillee right now but surely being a fellow lefty Wasim would have plenty to tell him.

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  • on February 7, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    Well there you go Johnson; have a chat with Wasim.I know he's talking with Lillee right now but surely being a fellow lefty Wasim would have plenty to tell him.

  • Bang_La on February 7, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    ".........finding the rhythm to test the very best batsmen." Where did Starc meet the very best batsmen during Aussie-India series?

  • KeshavSeshadri85 on February 7, 2012, 1:01 GMT

    Amazing, the legends make things look so absurdly simple. 30 minutes of a meaningful conversation with someone like Wasim, Warne or Sachin could change a career. Great to hear about such mentoring and to see such instant results or Starc, albeit at the expense of the Indian batting order.

  • on February 7, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    If CA is smart they should get Wasim to do a little extra coaching for the next couple of months to help further develop left armer skills in AUS. Nice build up for Ashes :)

  • dsig3 on February 7, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    Starc could always swing it, but advice from the master is always a bonus. Good luck with Johnson mate. If you can get him to swing the ball consistently that would be a greater achievement than the 1000 odd wickets you took in your career.

  • on February 7, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    As an Aussie, I loved Wasim Akram as a child, and now he's become even dearer to my heart. One of the greatest cricketers of his generation...

  • dunger.bob on February 7, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Wasim, what a good bloke you are. !! .... .. See, these fast bowlers, they don't care about nationalism. .. they'll tell their story to anyone who'll listen. .. its hard work, and if they can help out a member of the brotherhood they will. .. bigger hearts than batsmen...

  • JustOUT on February 7, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    ah.. I am surprised on why our bowling legend Ishant Sharma never did to approach Wasim bhai for some quick tips. May be he thought, he is the ultimate bowler in this world to bowl all the rubbish bowling. The main reason behind Team India's bowling failure is the ARROGANT nature of this rubbish bowlers, who think by taking a wicket (by luck) or so, they are the WORLD NO.1 bowler. Then, how Dale steyn should react!!

  • playitstraight on February 7, 2012, 1:19 GMT

    Wow... Respected Wasim Akram, kindly come to the nets where our Indian fast bowlers are practicing (or rather relaxing) and give them a bit of advice as well like you did to Starc. We Indian fans will be so grateful, even the "unlucky" Ishant may become the old Ishant again! We are already grateful to Pakistan for whitewashing England, so please help our struggling fast bowlers!!!

  • johnathonjosephs on February 7, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    What I would give for Wasim to have a "word" or two with some Sri Lankan players