Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar claims that right-arm swift Mohammad Sami may have been as good as legendary fast-bowler Wasim Akram.

Akhtar, who holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery in cricket history, praised the ability of Sami of bowling on the pitch.

Speaking on a local television channel, shoaib said: “Sami’s aggression with the old ball made him very deceptive and enabled him to hit the batsmen’s pads in front of the stumps 99 per cent of the time.This was a quality, after Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, Sami had. I, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif did not have that ability.”

The Rawalpindi Express also opened up on why Sami remained under-utilised, while giving an in-depth analysis of the latter’s bowling action.

“When Sami used to run in fast, it would disrupt his bowling action towards the end and he would concede a lot of runs,” he said. “But when he used to bowl with a normal action and controlled aggression, his arm and seam would fall at the right place. When he bowled with controlled bowling action in New Zealand, he was unplayable.”

“Unfortunately we were not able to understand this during Sami’s bowling days, which meant that he remained under-utilised,” he added.

The 39-year-old picked up 85 Tests, 121 One-day International (ODI) and 21 Twenty20 International (T20I) wickets over the course of his career. He also has a Test and ODI hat-trick to his name.