Imran has an overall better record than Akram despite never playing minnows and being a part-time bowler towards the end of his career.
Imran has a markedly better record in matches won.
Imran singlehandedly has won matches in Australia and West Indies, the best players of pace, Akram never did.
Imran was more likely than Akram to run straight through a batting lineup on his lonesome (he had three 7-fors and two 8-fors, compared to one 7-for for Akram against New Zealand).
So, like I said, while Akram had more talent, Imran's sheer willpower took his performances to another level.
You're the first person who I have seen say McGrath is not much of a match-winner. He's the single greatest reason Australia have been so dominant, no opposition had an answer to him.
Remember when Australia lost in India in 1997, or recently in the Ashes? It's no coincidence McGrath was crucially injured both times, and Warne's presence then didnt change the result. McGrath was the Aussie trumpcard, not Warne.
Give me a single tangible reason or two other than the the fact that his teammates lauded him that you consider Warne the better bowler.
Neither warne nor murali did much against the best players of spin (Australia and India, in Muralis case and India in Warnes). The other bowlers certainly proved themselves against the best players of pace. It doesn't hurt the spinners, because they are so far ahead of all the other spinners, that it doesn't matter. But if you compare them as bowlers, its a big huge red flag.
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If we are going to fly around terms like 'sheer willpower' (sic) then Wasim's amazing tenacity in face of presistent hostility, and unbridled ferocity - coupled together with an hitherto peerless versatility - set him up a step or ten above Imran in the cricketing echelon.
1. Malcolm Marshall
2. Curtly AMbrose
3. Glenn Mcgrath
4. Wasim Akram
5. Imran Khan
6. Dick Hadlee
7. Steve Harmison
9. Waqar Younis
10. RS Sodhi
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I have a list, but I can't rank them tbh. Any ranking would be even more arbitary than usual and I can't even decide on a number one, so will have to abstain from this one.
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Having said that, Wasim is my favorite bowler, and watching him in full flow is cricketing spectacle like Lara and Warne.
Steve Harmison made me chuckle
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