Chat with Wasim Akram helped me: Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc said dismissing someone of Sachin Tendulkar’s stature is a memorable experience Getty Images

By Ashish Shukla

Perth: Jan 14, 2012

Young left-arm quick Mitchell Starc said that invaluable tips from legendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram has helped him to swing the ball consistently during the ongoing Test match against India.

“It was a brief chat. I had the opportunity to catch up with him in Sydney. It was about wrist position to get the ball to swing consistently. I hope to catch up with him again.

He is a genius and chatting with him would not do any harm,” Starc who got Sachin Tendulkar leg before with an incoming delivery, told reporters.

Dismissing someone of Tendulkar’s stature is a memorable experience and Starc is no exception.

“To take every wicket is a good feeling but to get the Little Master is a great feeling. Importantly for us, they are four wickets down and we would be pushing to close it out tomorrow.”

Starc, who also got Gautam Gambhir with a snorter said, that he is unware whether it was cracks in the pitch that helped in letting the ball fly.

“I am not sure if it hit the crack. Hopefully, those cracks will widen up tomorrow for us to take those last six wickets.”

With India still trailing by 120 runs, Starc feels that the home team can certainly register their second innings victory.

“I feel we have got enough to close out without having to bat again. The track is now a bit slow but cracks are looking to open. They definitely played a part today. There are some good spots, especially for the left-hand batsmen,” he stated.(PTI)