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Usain Bolt shares his admiration for former Pakistan bowling great

Growing up in Jamaica, Bolt spent countless hours watching cricket with his father, nurturing a deep appreciation for the game and its legendary players

Usain Bolt shares his admiration for former Pakistan bowling great PHOTO: AFP

Renowned sprinter and eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, may be best known for his record-breaking speed on the track, but his love for sports extends beyond athletics. 

Growing up in Jamaica, Bolt spent countless hours watching cricket with his father, nurturing a deep appreciation for the game and its legendary players.

In a recent interview with Press Trust of India (PTI), Bolt shared vivid memories of watching the charismatic Pakistan bowler Wasim Akram, whose devastating in-swinging yorkers left a lasting impression on him. 
"Over the years, one of my favourites growing up was Wasim Akram because of the in-swinging yorker that he had, " Bolt said.

Bolt's admiration for cricket isn't limited to international stars. He fondly recalled the dominant presence of Caribbean cricket legends such as Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose. 

"Of course, Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose, all these guys that I admired over the years, they were so dominant in their space," he further added.

Bolt's allegiance has always been with the West Indies, a team he continues to support passionately. 

"Like my father, I always support the West Indies," he said.

His admiration for cricket legends extends beyond the Caribbean, however. Bolt is also an ardent fan of Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar. 

"Yes, I have also been a Sachin Tendulkar fan. He and Brian Lara were part of my life growing up. It was a great rivalry," he concluded.

It is worth noting that Bolt joined other cricket stars and New York sports icons for an exclusive preview of the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024 on Wednesday.