Wahab Riaz reveals his favourite teammates, best spell

The pacer took retirement on Wednesday

By Web Desk
August 16, 2023
Wahab Riaz celebrates with his teammates after taking a wicket — AP

Former Pakistani pacer Wahab Riaz connected with fans on his X, formerly known as Twitter, account where he answered many questions and also revealed his favourite spell, teammates and many things.

After claiming more than 200 international wickets, Riaz called time on his international career but will continue to play in T20 leagues around the world.

Connecting to his fans, the 38-year-old was asked many questions.

A fan asked who were Riaz’s favourite teammates, to which he replied “@SarfarazA_54 @AzharAli_.”

The 38-year-old recently called Sarfaraz Ahmed the sharpest captain he has ever played under so it does not come as a surprise.

When asked which bowler from the past he would like to share the dressing room with, the left-handed pacer replied: “Wasim Akram.”

Wahab, in his 12-year-long international career, has bowled many memorable spells including that famous encounter with Shane Watson in the quarter-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 against Australia, but it was that spell against India — which is also his ODI career best — in the semi-final of World Cup 2011 where the pacer took five wickets which includes the likes of Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni.

The 38-year-old also opened up on what were his feelings and emotions when Rahat Ali dropped Watson’s catch after he put his heart and soul on the pitch that day, to which he replied:

“I felt broke, but in the end it’s cricket. Full of emotions, ups and downs but you need to stay positive and keep trying,” Wahab wrote.

It is impossible to not have any mention of Babar Azam when Pakistani fans are involved in the discussion, Riaz was also asked what he thinks of the 28-year-old.

“Talented and hard working, in simple words the best in the world right now,” he wrote about Azam.

The Lahore-born was asked about his favourite wicket and in reply he named South Africa’s former pacer Dale Steyn and batter AB de Villiers.

“Wickets are so many!! Favourite batter I would say @ABdeVilliers17 and favourite bowler @DaleSteyn62,” he wrote.

He also sees a bit of himself in Haris Rauf as the pacer believes that the latter is aggressive.

“I like the aggression, attitude and dedication of @HarisRauf14,” he replied.