Former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff recalled an incident on his debut when he was told off by Pakistan fast-bowling legend Wasim Akram while playing for Lancashire.
“My debut (for Lancashire) was a disaster,” Flintoff was saying in a video posted by the county club on its Twitter account. “We were playing against Hampshire. Wasim Akram was playing, and (coach) Bumble (David Lloyd), he said I was the best slip catcher he’s ever seen, I think, and I catch pigeons. I do, but in kids’ cricket! I got put in the slips on my first game which was unheard of and I dropped three catches before lunch and Wasim shouted ‘get him out of there’.”
“@BumbleCricket said I was the best slip catcher he’d ever seen” 👐— Lancashire Cricket (@lancscricket) May 16, 2020
“I dropped 3 catches before lunch… @wasimakramlive shouted ‘get him out of there!'” 🙈@flintoff11‘s First-Class debut didn’t exactly go to plan!
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The former England cricketer said that he felt awful on the occasion. “Can’t you feel how that felt? I had three marks where the ball hit me on my body.”
Akram, retweeting the post, called the moment as “tough love” and said that the cricketer was groomed well for the future.
Flintoff, in response, then thanked the fellow legendary all-rounder.