Ahmed Bashir picks record-breaking Pakistan bowler and South Africa icon as bowling idols

Ahmed Bashir chose Shoaib Akhtar and Dale Steyn as his bowling idols

Ahmed Bashir: “Shoaib Akhtar and Dale Steyn are my bowling idols. I admired their aggressive approach, wicket-taking ability and was inspired by their performances”

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Pakistan seamer Ahmed Bashir has picked record-breaking Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar and iconic South Africa speedster Dale Steyn as his bowling idols.

Bashir admitted that he gets inspired by their performances, along with their “aggressive approach” and “wicket-taking ability”.

Akhtar holds the record for the fastest delivery, which was clocked at 161.3 kph or 100.2 mph during Pakistan’s match against England in the 2003 World Cup.

As for Steyn, he is South Africa’s highest wicket-taker in Test cricket with 439 wickets in 93 Tests at an average of 22.95.

“Shoaib Akhtar and Dale Steyn are my bowling idols. I admired their aggressive approach, wicket-taking ability and was inspired by their performances,” Bashir was quoted as saying by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) website.

His comments come after he took a four-wicket haul to lead Central Punjab to a nine-wicket win over Balochistan.

Bashir finished with figures of 4-23 off his four overs and was named Man of the Match.

The 24-year-old has taken seven wickets in the two National T20 Cup matches he has played thus far at an average of 7.85 and an economy rate of 6.87.

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