Pakistan in India 2012-13 January 7, 2013

Wasim's tips on inswing helped me - Junaid

ESPNcricinfo staff

Junaid Khan, the Pakistan left-arm fast bowler, has credited Wasim Akram for helping him develop the incoming delivery for right-handed batsmen, which led to him picking up eight wickets in the three-match ODI series that concluded in Delhi on Sunday.

Junaid was most potent in the first ODI in Chennai, taking out four of the top five to reduce India to 29 for 5. He also took two top-order wickets in the second ODI in Kolkata, finishing with 3 for 39. The Indian batsmen had struggled to counter Junaid's swing and his contributions helped Pakistan take the series 2-1.

"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," Junaid told PTI.

Junaid had dismissed Virender Sehwag with an incoming delivery in Chennai and Virat Kohli in all three matches.

"It's very natural for left-arm fast bowlers to slant it across the right-handers," Junaid said. "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."

This is not the first time Junaid has credited Wasim for his development as a fast bowler. Last June, after taking 5 for 73 on a flat SSC pitch in a Test against Sri Lanka, Junaid spoke of how he was inspired by Wasim's spell in the 1992 World Cup final, where his two wickets in successive deliveries turned the game Pakistan's way. Junaid said he had watched the Youtube video of it and Wasim himself had passed on tips on reverse swing. Junaid found appreciable reverse swing in that Test to put Sri Lanka under pressure.

In his short career with Pakistan, Junaid has established a reputation for being one of the quickest bowlers in the country. However, he says swing is more important to him than pace.

"I don't want to compromise on pace but swing is the most important aspect of my bowling," he said. "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."

He said it was a team effort that helped Pakistan win. "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."

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  • sajid on January 9, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    @supercricfan... People like you have always deteriorated the essence of indo-pak cricket. I hope you can absorb some sense shown by some other indians here. Yes Pak is an inconsistent team, Yes we have a security issue in our country, Yes we are rated low in the rankings ..And that is always how the situation of Pak Cricket team has been. But the Pakistani cricket team brings its own flavor to the game of cricket and you can never write them off. I have respect for many indian players because i am a fan of cricket but your comments clearly depict you are biased and arrogant.

  • Kamran Ali on January 9, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Very well Said Sweeetspot...!!! Definetly I agree what you have mentioned. Lets make the cricket into sports not WAR....Being a Pakistani I am very much fan of Indian batsmen...specially Yuvi, when he is in form he can be very very devastating to any opponent. Furthermore, I request to all Please respect each other and enjoy cricket between these 2 countries....

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    awesome comment sweetspot!!!

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    @immi271: mate you see no comments on your thoughts as you logic doesnt have much weight. you have put it all on indian team physically and mentally tiredness. how come a team tired was so energetic in 3rd odi ? they were looking totally different in 3rd odi in field. and fielding won them match. I would like to see your comments after india vs england series. if we go by your logic india will loose it as they are tired and no rest its just 4 days gap. and only 1 player added to the squad played vs pak. but i doubt that. i think india are fav to win england series.

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    those who havent seen junaid bowl on flat tracks,plz refer to the test series between pakistan and sri lanka in UAE and in sri lanka... where he made them dance with the ball and literally humiliated sangakara and mathews.. he is a gem!!!

  • Yasin on January 8, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    All though we lost Aamir but here is a replacement for him.Junaid only need to avoid injuries and he can play in all three formats for a long time. Its always a pleasure to see left armers bowl specially with the quality of in swing.

  • Dummy4 on January 8, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    without doubt junaid is finest bowler after amir...but in my opinion amir more quicker and death bowler from junaid..bcoz amir was did well in both flat and bouncy pitches..nd i think in future junaid will be more dangerous for opponents if he continue work hard and learn quickly from conditions..on the other hand i see india will more down..bcoz indian team quarrel's to each other for captaincy ...

  • Yasir on January 8, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @Umair->Totally agree with you..Asif had a class..He msde the ball talk.I emember how he clean boawled Sehwag,Dravid,Sachin,Laxman so many times.Dravid the Wall,Asif penetrated that wall successfully.But dont forget that he got too mny chances.I lost the count of how many times he was involved in activities like that.Always escaped but at the end he got himself into the sad to see such a bowler banned from cricket..he was something special.

  • Dummy4 on January 8, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    Comment made by Junaid Khan proves that Wasim Akram is much much better coach then Muhammad Akram. Nobody praises him which is not right. He should also get some credit of keeping the boys spirit high !

  • Shruti on January 8, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Nobody dare, especially irrational fans of inconsistent Pakistan,comment about batting prowess of legend SRT. Entire Pakistan team put together hasnt scored even 2/3 ofruns SRT has. SRT is the maestro and king.He is going to return to ODI pretty soon and knock the daylight out of Pakistan and other teams.India is going to win the Champions Trophy in June in UK with SRT's brilliance looming large.