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    Olonga wants to emulate Wasim

    This an old article, but
    I only read it now, because
    the Zimbabwean firebrand
    piqued my interest with
    his matchwinning 6-19
    against England.

    He's my favorite player on the
    Zim side.

    I hope Zimbabwe make the final
    of their triangular against
    England and Zouth Africa.

    I'm tired of people not taking them
    seriously. They beat us, afterall.
    Olonga wants to emulate Wasim

    21 December 1998

    FAISALABAD, Pakistan, Dec 21 (AFP) - Henry Olonga, hero of Zimbabwe's first ever Test series win, wants to emulate the fiery pace of
    Pakistan's illustrious fast bowler Wasim Akram.

    The 22-year-old cricketer was declared player of the series for Zimbabwe Monday after getting nine wickets in the series including a
    match-winning burst of 42-4 in the first Test at Peshawar which the tourists won by seven wickets.

    The second Test in Lahore and third one here were both abandoned due to fog. ``I wish I could bowl magic balls like Wasim did in the final of the
    1992 World Cup.

    ``I was 16 at that time and I can never forget those two balls dismissing (Englishmen) Allan Lamb and Chris Lewis,'' Olonga told AFP. Olonga
    said Wasim had always been his ``icon''.

    ``He is simply a great bowler and it's hard to be like him, but with hard work I have been trying to achieve it,'' he said. Olonga has made great
    strides since making his Test debut in 1994 against Pakistan.

    ``I have been working hard for the last four years and am delighted that I played some role in Zimbabwe's first ever series win,'' Olonga said. ``I
    think I bowled my best in Peshawar. The wicket there was very green and it helped me a lot with a bit of luck,'' he said.

    Olonga said that he ``has the will to achieve more and become one of the leading bowlers in Test cricket.'' ``Yes, the will is there and I am a
    hard-working player. I hope I will achieve more and more.''