I am never in support of comparisons in cricket but if someone asks me to choose between the swing of Wasim and the pace of Waqar, I would blindly go with the latter. Waqar in his pomp was fear personified, a bowler even the bravest would want to see off instead of appearing buffoonish in front of splattered stumps. Here is something Martin Johnson wrote about him in 1992 that deserves a read.
Waqar's trademark is a ball that takes around a third of a second to travel from launch pad to target, and swings and dips wickedly late in towards the base of the right-hander's leg stump. In terms of working conditions, England's batsmen are not only entering a hard hat area, but one that demands a pair of steel toe- caps.
With this delivery, Waqar not only renders the pitch redundant, but the fielders as well. In one and a half seasons with Surrey he has taken 170 Championship wickets in 32 matches, and over 60 per cent of them have either been bowled or lbw. Bowled is the preferable option, as it at least guarantees a batsman a semi-dignified walk off, rather than a hobble back on a set of crushed toes.
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