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Thread: Wasim Akram Best Left Arm Fast Bowler Ever?

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    Wasim Akram Best Left Arm Fast Bowler Ever?

    I think so

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    Quote Originally Posted by magsi23
    I think so
    Lefties have been quite rare when it comes to speed. For Aust. Bruce Reid was cut down by injuries, but Alan Davidson was a fine bowler, though a little below the pace of Wasim from what I have read.

    From the oldies Bill Voce was a fast leftie but was not considered fast compared to Larwood. You could throw in Sobers, and a few others but all in all I don't think you will have to many arguments.
    You know it makes sense.

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    No argument from me.

    If Sobers had been a poor batter or spin bowler, I daresay he might have compensated for that by becming the greatest-ever leftie paceman, but he wasn't. So he didn't.
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    Wasim clear #1, after that it's a toss up between Alan Mullally and Kevin Dean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedro Delgado
    Wasim clear #1, after that it's a toss up between Alan Mullally and Kevin Dean.
    Darn. Forgot all about Deano.

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    No.
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    well he's the best i've seen, but my pops rates Davidson better....

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    Wasim clear no.1. next best is Vaas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dinu23
    Wasim clear no.1. next best is Vaas.
    Wasim may be number one but to call Vaas the second best left arm pacer ever is a bit...er....hurried

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    Akram rules the world, as far as left-armers are concerned. I reckon he's the only guy in the history of cricket who could have bowled 140km+ off about a two or three step run-up - remarkably quick arm action. He could do absolutely anything with the ball too. The 'pioneer' of reverse-swing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dinu23
    Wasim clear no.1. next best is Vaas.
    Alan Davidson?

    186 wickets @ 20.53 in 44 tests. Also averaged almost 25 with the bat.

    If Davidson isn't as good as Wasim, he's very close indeed. He didn't have Wasim's pace, but he was a metronome in the style of Bedser and McGrath, and a great swing bowler, possibly the greatest of his era.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad
    Alan Davidson?

    186 wickets @ 20.53 in 44 tests. Also averaged almost 25 with the bat.

    If Davidson isn't as good as Wasim, he's very close indeed. He didn't have Wasim's pace, but he was a metronome in the style of Bedser and McGrath, and a great swing bowler, possibly the greatest of his era.
    Spot on Faaip !

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