Being fast is no good if not straight: Akram

Published: Sunday, April 4, 2004, 22:18 [IST]
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Lahore:Pakistan's pace bowling battery, led by Shoaib Akhtar, can demolish India in the second Test in Lahore if they control their speed and bowl straight, according to the legendary Wasim Akram.

"My advice to our fast bowlers is to bowl straight because, in modern day cricket, batsmen do not fear fast bowling," said Akram on Sunday.

Pakistan, trailing 0-1 in the three-match series, hope to take advantage of the rock-hard Gaddafi stadium wicket that sports a tinge of grass to outwit the Indians.

"You bowl straight to put pressure on the batsmen because bowling fast is not the main thing," Akram said.

"The Indians did that very well in Multan and won even on a flat wicket."

Even as India bowled out Pakistan twice to fashion an innings victory over the archrivals, Akhtar went wicketless in his 32 overs.

"The important thing is to make batsmen play all six deliveries in an over," said Akram, who claimed 414 Test wickets and a world record 502 One-day wickets.

"Pakistan was negative in their approach in Multan. They have to play positively here to win."

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