THE DIAMOND ALL ROUNDER
Waseem Akram


Are some people born to be better than others?

Or they do have a formula for success that keeps them ahead?

Waseem Akram THE DIAMOND ALL ROUNDER

 

It takes dedication, discipline and a positive attitude to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life, combine this with a series of good habits, and anyone can become a successful all rounder, bowling out challenges in life and hitting sixes that help define great success at work, at play and at home.

As part of Diamond Foam's 40th Year Anniversary celebrating it's success in pioneering sleep systems that make the lives of everyday Pakistanis better, we take a peek at the lives of some of Pakistan's Top Icons and Personalities, and share their formula for becoming an all rounder in life.

 

Wasim Akram

Often titled as the Sultan of swing, Wasim Akram is one of the most popular cricketers in the world. Acknowledged as one of the greatest bowlers of all time; he's nothing short of a superstar. He was also the only Pakistani cricketer to be named in the all-time Test World XI that marked the 150th anniversary of Wisden Cricketes' Almanack. Being the legend he is in cricket, Wasim Akram is also a loving husband and an exemplary father of three kids. He really is what we call a Diamond all-rounder.

Q. What is your message to the youth of Pakistan?
A. My message to Pakistan's youth is that whenever you get an opportunity, grab it and give it all you have; there are no shortcuts in life. Hard work always prevails.

 

Q. Who do you think was the greatest cricketer locally and internationally of your generation?
A. The greatest cricketer locally is definitely Imran Khan, because the way he has played cricket with so much dedication, it's inspiring for all of us. Internationally the only name that comes straight to my mind is Sir Vivian Richards, one of the greatest batsman of all time.

 

Q. Who remains in your mind as the toughest opponent you ever played against?
A. I've had the chance to play in a lot of places, against many players and it's really hard to just name one but I would have to say if anyone has dealt with my reverse swing very comfortably, that is Martin Crowe.

 

"I always believed in hard work and most importantly the passion for whatever I do in life."

 

Q. A legend on the field, and an inspiration to millions off the field. What do you think are the qualities that define Wasim Akram as an individual?
A. What defines Wasim Akram, well it's a very difficult question to answer but I always believed in hard work and most importantly the passion for whatever I do in life. You can define me as a guy full of passion.

 
 

Q. Who has been the greatest positive influence in your life?
A. For me there have been many great people who have influenced me in different stages of life, but if I take one name that'll be Imran Khan. He inspired me on and off-field and I've learnt so much from him.

 

Q. If you had the power to fix one thing about our nation, one thing that could lead it to greatness, what would it be?
A. If I could fix one thing about this nation, I'd fix the mindset, and that too of driving. If you go to any country and look at its traffic, you can understand their mindset. People observe traffic rules; they are considerate and attentive to other people around. In our country no one obeys the laws or shows respect for people around which I believe that is the biggest flaw in our people.

Q. If you had the power to fix one thing about our nation, one thing that could lead it to greatness, what would it be?
A. If I could fix one thing about this nation, I'd fix the mindset, and that too of driving. If you go to any country and look at its traffic, you can understand their mindset. People observe traffic rules; they are considerate and attentive to other people around. In our country no one obeys the laws or shows respect for people around which I believe that is the biggest flaw in our people.

 

Q. Prior to your arrival on the world stage, cricket was dominated by bouncers and lethal deliveries but your arrival reinstated the power of the Yorker and swing. Was it something you consciously targeted and relished being known as "The Sultan of Swing".
A. When I started playing cricket, I knew West Indian cricket team were dominating the sport and they had some great bouncers with very fast deliveries so I realised that if I do the opposite of what they're doing I might be able to tackle them; and of course I had my mentor, Imran Khan who guided me through out.

 

Q. Being an ambassador for Pakistan internationally, what is your take on what makes Pakistan great, and the remarkable potential we have as a nation?
A. What makes this country great, is the fact that our nation is full of talent, it's full of passion and not only in cricket, in all fields; but the problem that occurs is the lack of opportunity and that is why our professional level hasn't gotten as high as other countries. I'm very sure that with the amazing talent we have in Pakistan, we'll reach a great potential very soon. People just need to be directed and given the right opportunities for them to grow. Once that is done the path to success is just a few steps ahead.