Agreed, but that wasn't the point of this discussion :Panilramavarma said:No way is Nehra and Zaheer as good as Waqar and Wasim in their prime. They have to improve considerably and maintain a very high standard for atleast a decade for such comparisons to have any meaning.
Let me tell you guys what I think. I think Manjrekar was getting at the fact that Khan and Nehra are doing to Indian bowling now, what Akram and Waqar did for Pakistani bowling in their prime. That is, being the compliments to Imran Khan (in this case, Srinath), putting up match winning performances now and then and etc.
He's not comparing the quality of the bowling, he's saying, they remind him of the role that Akram and Waqar played for Pakistan in their prime. It's the relative role they are playing that reminds him of them.
Why, Tendulkar reminds me of Bradman, cuz he's such a dominating batsman. Now he may never be as good as Bradman, but he reminds people of him because he plays that role in the world today for his team.
Personally, I don't think any pair of fast bowling will ever better Akram and Waqar/ Ambrose and Walsh...