He has not always been a thinking bowler, his bowling brain being entirely programmed in his early days by that mighty Pakistani fast bowling pair, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. “They were both there at mid-on and mid-off. Every ball I bowled, they would say, ‘bowl this one, bowl bouncer’. I never used my own brain. They left and I struggled for a year. Finally I managed to pull myself up, to be a thinking bowler.