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Imran didn't play against minnows ? So who were Srilanka in the 80s ? Take out his performances against SL and his average goes up to 24 with a strike rate of 55.9, Take Akram's performance against Zim/BD out and Akram's avg. is 24.03 with strike rate of 55.4
Did Imran play against SA one of the best sides of Akram's era ?
Imran was more likely to run through batting lineup than Akram - And you make that assumption because of some 7/8fers Imran took? Akram played with guys like Waqar, Shoaib, Saqi etc and rarely had the chance to take 7 wickets in an innings.
Pak won the 4th test in WI in the 1976/77 series - Imran 4 wickets in the test
Pak won the 1st test in Aus in the 1978-79 series - Imran 4 wickets in the test
Pak won the the 3rd test in Aus in 1981-82 series - Imran 5 wickets in the test
So Pakistan won 5 tests in Australia/WI during Imran's era and out of which Pak didn't win 3 of the tests singlehandedly due to Imran's bowling. Please note I am not saying Imran didn't contribute to the win but just mentioning that it was not solely due to his effort as you were trying to portray.
As for the remianing two wins :- Take a look at the sydney test that one can say that Imran won single handedly and tell me how many batsmen are there who can be regarded as the best players of fast bowling ?
1. malcolm marshall
2. sydney barnes
3. richard hadlee
4. muthiah muralitharan
5. curtly ambrose
6. dennis lillee
7. glenn mcgrath
8. wasim akram
9. imran khan
10. shane warne
I would dislike to put this in terms of a 1 - 10 ranking but as it is required, so be it.
1. S F Barnes
2. Malcolm Marshall
3. Richard Hadlee
4. Glen McGrath
5. Dennis Lillee
6. Muttiah Muralidaran
7. Wasim Akram
8. Imran Khan
9. Shane Warne
10. Curtly Ambrose
My top ten is highly skewed in favour of bombastic fast bowling as it turns out (no surprises I guess)
1. Malcolm Marshall
2. Curtley Ambrose
3. Waqar Younis
4. Jeff Thomson
5. Richard Hadlee
6. Imran Khan
7. Wayne Daniel
8. Shane Bond
9. Wasim Akram
10. Allan Donald
Honourable mentions to Shane Warne, Peter Such and Ewen Chatfield.
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