Wasim Akram pays heartfelt tribute to his teacher

'Always respect your teachers,' wrote the former pacer

By Web Desk
July 17, 2023
Wasim Akram (right) with his coach Saud Khan (left) — Twitter / @wasimakramlive

Former Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram, on Monday, paid a heartfelt tribute to his teacher Saud Khan which gathered applause from fans all over social media.

Saud Khan was Akram’s coach in his first-class cricket days. Khan coached a local cricket club in Lahore named Ludhiana Cricket Club.

Akram stated that teachers are the reason a person becomes who they are. He added that his coach would bring new balls to help him train.

“Always respect your teachers, as a kid we don't take this seriously but trust me, teachers are the reason behind who you are in life. My coach Saud Khan used to bring new balls everyday from his money so that I could bowl with them. Thank you for everything coach. I hope I made you proud,” Akram tweeted.

In his 20-year-long career, the Sultan of Swing took 916 wickets in 460 international matches in ODI and Test cricket.

He is also the second-fastest bowler to reach 500 international wickets in just 354 matches, only behind Sri Lanka’s mystery spinner Muttiah Muralitharan who reached the feat in 20 fewer matches.

Considered one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, Akram was one of the keys to Pakistan's 1992 Cricket World Cup triumph in Australia. 

He did not only take three important wickets — sending two English batters back to the pavilion for a duck — but also played a crucial knock scoring 33 off 18 deliveries with four boundaries at the strike rate of 183 in the final against England at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). He was also named the Player of the Match for his heroics.

He was also the highest wicket-taker of the tournament with 18 wickets to his name.