Former Pakistan skipper, Wasim Akram feels Fakhan Zaman can put early pressure on the oppositions like Virender Sehwag and David Warner.
Meanwhile, Zaman recently got into the 16-man squad for the upcoming tour to Ireland and England. Many experts are touting this to be a masterstroke, as Zaman can win games all by himself. Akram also had a similar opinion and compared him to some other great openers in the fraternity.
However, the swashbuckling southpaw announced his arrival with a hundred against Indian in the Champions Trophy final. Since then, he had constantly performed in the limited-overs format.
Akram feels Zaman can put pressure
The king of reverse swing, Akram firmly believes Zaman can replicate the job done by like of Sehwag and Warner over the years. Warner and Sehwag are two of the greatest openers of all time, and their record justifies their status.
However, he also admitted Zaman could struggle to play the Duke ball.
“Fakhar Zaman in the Test squad is a big thing. Maybe like Warner and Sehwag, he can put pressure on the opposition. In England, the Dukes ball makes it ideal conditions for the bowlers,” Akram said Sport24.
Wahab is not consistent
Wahab Riaz is making the headlines since coach Mickey Arthur questioned his work ethics. After a good Pakistan Super League, Wahab missed on the recently announced Test squad.
Akram believes Wahab bowled well, but Rahat Ali is a better option for English conditions.
“Wahab bowled well in PSL, but PSL is different from Test cricket. He’s been expensive, though he does get wickets but he isn’t consistent. I think the way Rahat is bowling now means he’ll be a better option; he’s swinging the ball at pace,” Akram concluded.