I hated Waqar, reveals Akram

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It was a revelation of sort from the Sultan of swing. Wasim Akram, the legendary left-arm pacer and former skipper of the Pakistan team revealed that he ‘hated’ his bowling partner Waqar Younis during their playing days.”We hated each other so much that we were not even on talking terms both on and off the field; but the fact is that Pakistan benefited from our rivalry,” remarked Akram, who was here to attend the HSBC Cricket Challenge.

Their rivalry was so intense that “every time Waqar took wickets, I too would too get charged up to do the same,” Akram revealed, while adding that it were the opponents who actually suffered from their rivalry….Yes, age has sobered both of them now and Akram admitted that they were good friends now.

bout the oncoming Pakistan tour to India, Akram said: “Indians are favourites in India as it is very difficult to get them out on those wickets. Shoaib Akhtar’s return to the Pakistan side may have an impact if he can get his rhythm and swing. In the one-day series, both the teams will be evenly balanced; but in the Test series the Indians could be far ahead of Pakistan.” Akram felt that the absence of Inzamam-ul Haq will be another factor in this series.

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