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Iconic Pakistan quick bowler Sarfraz Nawaz said some cricketers felt he was cheating when he initially got the ball to reverse swing.
Sarfraz is one of the first bowlers who perfected the art of reverse swing and said he worked tirelessly to become a master at it.
The 72-year-old represented Pakistan in 55 Tests and took 177 wickets at an average of 32.75.
He also claimed 63 wickets in 45 ODIs at an average of 23.22.
As for his first-class career, he picked up 1,005 first-class wickets in 299 matches at an average of 24.62.
“I was always someone who as a bowler liked to experiment and try out different things, so I had been working on shining the old ball and making one side of the ball heavier using saliva and sweat,” he told Wisden as quoted by PakPassion.
“I also experimented on bowling into the wind or with the wind using the ball that I had been preparing. I realised that for reverse swing to work, it was better if you bowled into the wind. At that time, I didn’t know the science of reverse swing, but I knew how to achieve it.
“The more I experimented, the better I got at it and of course over the course of time, more and more bowlers learnt and perfected the art which was very pleasing, especially given that some felt it was cheating, which of course was never the case.”