'Shoaib's new run-up will trouble India'
"He is looking good and I think he'll be a handful for the Indians if we prepare pitches with some carry and bounce for the Tests," said Wasim Akram.india Updated: Dec 31, 2005 12:51 IST
Revealing that pace ace Shoaib Akhtar had been convinced to shorten his run-up, former Pakistan great Wasim Akram said the change made the Rawalpindi Express' run through the English batting line-up in the recently concluded series.
"I think they've (team management) shortened his (Akhtar's) starting point and have brought about a slight reduction in his run-up," the legendary left-arm seamer told The News and added, "His success came due to his changed attitude and because of the change in his run-up; it has made a difference."
Akram also observed that the change had helped injury-prone Shoaib bowl through out the series without any fitness problem.
However, he added the there was no scope to reduce the run-up furthermore.
"I don't think he can reduce it anymore than what he has already done," Akram opined.
Shoaib, who had a public fall-out with captain Inzamam-ul Haq and coach Bob Woolmer after the duo insisted that he needed to reduce his run-up, finished with 17 wickets in the three Tests against England and also had a five-wicket haul in the second one-dayer at Lahore.
On the forthcoming series against India, the former Pakistani great said Shoaib would pose trouble for the visitors.
"He is looking good and I think he'll be a handful for the Indians if we prepare pitches with some carry and bounce for the Tests. He is a pure match-winner and he can win matches for you. I think he'll be a vital player in the coming series," Wasim observed.