Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has replied to legendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram’s comment that his ‘tough love raised’ him well.
Few days ago, Andrew Flintoff had revealed an incident from his debut first-class match for Warwickshire. Flintoff said that he was 16-year-old and David Lloyd told him that he hadn’t seen a better slip fielder than him in his life. Later in the match, the 42-year-old Flintoff went on to drop 3 slip catches before lunch and that irked his teammate Wasim Akram so much that he shouted: “get him out of there!”
Wasim Akram had reacted to the Flintoff’s comment and told that it was their ‘tough love’ which ‘raised’ the 2005 Ashes hero so well.
Flintoff on Tuesday replied to Wasim Akram comments and credited the former Pakistan captain for contributing massively to his career and life. Andrew Flintoff added that he would never be able to thank Wasim Akram enough for what he has done for him.
“And I’ll never be able to thank you enough for the impact you had on my career and life,” Flintoff said.
Quick-witted Wasim Akram reminded Flintoff that they were ‘practically’ a neighbour now and there is something which he could do to return the favour. Akram suggested that Flintoff can invite him over for a barbecue when he is at his Manchester home next time.
“Well seeing as we are now practically neighbours, a good way to start would be a ‘few’ BBQs at your house next time I’m in Manchester,” Wasim Akram wrote.
Well seeing as we are now practically neighbours, a good way to start would be a ‘few’ BBQs at your house next time I’m in Manchester… https://t.co/g0SkKRu6e5
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) May 19, 2020
Andrew Flintoff had shined with the bat and ball in 2005 Ashes to bring back the urn after a hiatus of 18 years. Flintoff is considered to be one of the best all-rounders the game has ever produced. Flintoff represented England in 79 Test matches and scored 3,845 runs with an average of 31.77. He also took 226 wickets in the format.
In the 50-over format Flintoff averaged over 30 again. The Lancashire-born scored 3,394 runs in the format and scalped 169 wickets. Andrew Flintoff also represented England in 7 T20Is.