Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara reveals the toughest bowler’s name and its Wasim Akram as the toughest bowler he ever faced, who retired from international cricket last year. But he continued to play in the T20 leagues like the BPL, BBL and the MCL.
Recently, the former Sri Lankan skipper reveals the toughest bowlers name Wasim Akram, who he has ever faced at the international level. Kumar Sangakkara told cricket.com.au, “I think I’ve faced Wasim Akram only a few times (but he was) immensely difficult. It’s strange you know, when you pick your bowlers or the people think, if you take Akram on the Test wicket tally, he’s nowhere near the top. He’s 12th, but you ask any batsman around the world and his name always comes up. He was an absolute genius.”
He further named former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan, former English spinner Graeme Swann along with former Aussie Shane Warne, who are the toughest bowler in the world to be faced by him. Sangakkara also said that he was lucky to have not faced Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan in an international game.
He stated, “I’ve never faced Murali, luckily, in international cricket, or Chaminda Vaas. Shane Warne, incredibly difficult. I’ve had problems with Zaheer Khan. Graeme Swann. These bowlers have been very, very difficult. Even though Jimmy Anderson has probably got me out many times more, I would rate the others as people I really worried about.”
The former Sri Lankan skipper said that Sir Viv Richards and Brian Lara to be his favorite batsmen. He added, “Sir Vivian Richards when I was growing up, then along comes Brian Lara. Watching Brian bat was an absolute privilege. Aravinda de Silva, he was incredible to watch. If he had been born a few years later he might not have had a World Cup but we would have had a guy who would have been in the top five all-time batsmen list, easy.”