Australian bowler Mitchell Starc revealed that he idolises former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram, who he believes to be “an absolute genius”.
Talking to the Australian news channel, the 26-year-old said that the veteran’s 414-wicket body of work in 104 matches set the standard for all left-armers.
“He [Akram] was an absolute genius at bowling conventional swing, reverse swing, and bowling fast,” he said. “He set the standard of left-arm fast bowling.”
He added: “If I could be even half the bowler that he was, that would be great.”
The Australian pacer said that apart from being a skilful bowler, the 1992 World Cup winner is also approachable for advice to youngsters, which helps the current crop of players to learn from the veterans.
“Having the chance to work with him a couple of occasions, it’s fantastic to chat to him,” he said. “He’s really open and approachable. He’s great to talk to about left-arm fast bowling.”
Starc has represented Australia in 26 Tests and 51 ODIs, and currently he is touring of Sri Lanka with the national side.
Earlier this year, Australia’s coach and selector Darren Lehmann said that the left-arm quick has all the attributes to join the 300-wicket club.