Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff recalled a nightmare debut for Lancashire County Cricket club when he played alongside Pakistan legend Wasim Akram.
While talking in a video on Lancashire Cricket Club’s YouTube channel, Freddie recalled how he was left embarrassed on his debut, after dropping three catches at slips, on the bowling of the Sultan of Swing.
“My debut was a disaster. I played against Hampshire in Portsmouth. Bumble [David Lloyd] had said that I was the best slip catcher he’d ever seen and I catch pigeons. I do but in kids cricket,” said Flintoff.
“So I got put in the slips in my first game, which is unheard of. I was standing at second slip to Wasim Akram and I dropped three catches before lunch. Wasim then shouted ‘get him out of there!’. Can you imagine how I felt? I am seventeen years old, surrounded by all my heroes, dropping catches and one of world’s greatest ever cricketers, Wasim Akram, is just shouting ‘get him out of slips!’. It was awful. I didn’t want to be there,” he added.
Wasim Akram also shared his views about the incident.
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) May 16, 2020
A few weeks back, Flintoff, in talkSPORT’s podcast, lauded Wasim Akram for playing a massive role in his development as a cricketer.
“Wasim was one of my heroes and someone I looked up to so much. He took me under his wing and I spent so much time with him. I used to field at slip when he was bowling. I used to pick up all these tips of reverse swing and thumb positions. I think my action also landed itself towards reverse swing as well. Wasim had a massive part in my career.” Flintoff had said.
Flintoff played 79 Test matches and scored 3,845 runs at an average of 31.8, while also claiming 226 wickets with an average of 32.8.