Wasim Akram: Pakistan have a bowler’s psyche; in India, it's about batting
The Sultan of Swing then advised Indian administrators to leave India's new pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah alone.
New Delhi: One of the most intriguing questions when it comes to cricket in India and Pakistan, is that of fast bowlers. Why is that Pakistan has got some of the best fast bowlers while India settle with pacers, who lack genuine pace.
It's a fact, but few have the answer to this quandary. However, former Pakistan bowler Wasim Akram was probably right when he said that "it’s got to do with the psyche of the public in both countries."
Talking to Sportstar, the 49-year-old admitted that he doesn't have the answer to this quandary, but felt that it's more to do with psyche.
"In Pakistan, we have a bowler’s psyche. In India, there is a batsman’s psyche. It also depends on the wickets you prepare, your Under-19 culture," he said.
The Sultan of Swing then advised Indian administrators to leave India's new sensation Jasprit Bumrah alone.
"In Pakistan, when we spot a tearaway quick, we allow him to bowl fast. We don’t change his action. We don’t feed him too much information. In India, the same bowler will be sent to one academy after another. So, my advice is that you must leave Bumrah alone. Just tell him how to bowl a yorker and how to generate away-swing, added Akram.
Talking about Bumrah's prospects and all the brouhaha surrounding 22-year-old, former Pakistan said, "You guys (in India) go over the moon whenever you see a bowler do well (laughs). I like Bumrah. I saw him in the IPL, too."
"The thing with Indian bowlers is that they lose the passion and hunger after playing in the IPL. Bumrah is a baccha now. He will also get quicker with time," the bowling legend reckoned.