New Delhi: Pakistan’s great fast bowler Wasim Akram is celebrating his 55th birthday today. Once during his career, Wasim Akram was threatened with death by West Indies batsman Sir Vivian Richards. Wasim Akram himself had disclosed this. Wasim Akram had told that once sledging Vivian Richards on the cricket field, he found it very expensive. It’s not easy to mess with a batsman like Viv Richards. Actually, Viv Richards had threatened Wasim Akram that if he did this (sledging) again, he would kill him.
Viv Richards wanted to kill Akram
Wasim Akram had told on Indian commentator Aakash Chopra’s YouTube channel last year that after the Barbados Test match on Pakistan cricket team’s tour of West Indies in 1988, Viv Richards became so angry that he came to kill me. Wasim Akram said, ‘In that Test match, Viv Richards beat my balls fiercely. He was a tall man and I was very thin. Wasim Akram said, ‘The last over of the match was going on and I was bowling with good pace. I realized by then that I have become faster.
Akram stares at Viv Richards
Akram said, ‘Viv Richards realized that I am a tough bowler and I have a fast arm action. I threw him a bouncer and his cap fell on the ground and it was a big deal for Richards to fall. Wasim Akram said, ‘There used to be no match referee then. So I went to him and I sledged him in broken English. He stared at me and said man, don’t do this. I didn’t understand anything except the word man. I said ok.
Wasim messes with Viv Richards
Wasim Akram said that I again went to Imran Khan and told him that Viv is telling me not to sledge him or else he will kill him. Then Imran told me not to worry and only throw the bouncer. After this, Wasim again threw him a bouncer and also sled. He got bowled on the last ball of the day and then Wasim shouted to Viv to go out of the field.
Akram told that he came to the dressing room with Imran and then started taking off his shoes. Then someone asked him to come out of the dressing room. When he went out, he saw Viv Richards standing without a shirt with a bat in his sweaty hand. Viv Richards was also wearing his pad. After this he went near Imran Khan out of fear. Imran left me alone. Then I came out and apologized to Viv and said that this will not happen now. After this he said that this would be good otherwise he would kill him.