Full Name Shoaib Akhtar
Born August 13, 1975
Rawalpindi, Punjab
Age 41 Years, 11 Months, 10 Days
National Side Pakistan
Batting Style Right Handed
Bowling Right-arm fast
Teams Played Pakistan, Asia XI, ICC World XI, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited, Chittagong Division, Durham, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Federal Areas Leopards, Islamabad Leopards, Islamabad, Khan Research Laboratories, Pakistan A, Pakistan Inv XI, Pakistan International Airlines, Rawalpindi, Rawalpindi A, Rawalpindi B, Rawalpindi Rams, Surrey, Worcestershire, Kolkata, Pakistan, Somerset, Sachins Blasters
Man of the Match Test - 3, ODI - 8, World Cup - 1, T20I - 0, IPL - 1,
Career Span [Test, 1997 - 2007], [ODI, 1998 - 2011], [World Cup, 1999 - 2011], [T20I, 2006 - 2010], [IPL, 2008],

Towards the late 90’s, ever since the speedometer grew in prominence, tracking bowling speeds shifted from being another statistical feature to an obsession that added marvel to a seamer’s repute. It tempted a generation of speedsters to topple what was long believed to be Jeff Thomson’s standing record of a 99.9 Mph delivery. Only two candidates emerged from that rat race, Thompson’s Australian compatriot Brett Lee and before him, a Pakistani, later dubbed as ‘’The Rawalpindi Express’’, Shoaib Akhtar.

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Shoaib Akhtar Overall Stats

Batting & Fielding Performance

  M I N/O R HS 100s 50s 4s 6s Avg S/R Ct St
Test 46 67 13 544 47 v IND 0 0 53 22 10.07 41.43 12 0
ODI 163 84 40 394 43 v ENG 0 0 27 12 8.95 73.23 20 0
World Cup 19 9 7 76 43 v ENG 0 0 5 4 38.00 111.76 2 0
T20I 15 6 3 21 8* v NZ 0 0 2 1 7.00 131.25 2 0
IPL 3 1 0 2 2 v MUM 0 0 0 0 2.00 28.57 - -

Bowling Performance

  I O M R W Best 3w 5w Avg E/R S/R
Test 82 1357.1 236 4574 178 6/11 v NZ 9 12 25.69 3.37 45.74
ODI 162 1294 99 6169 247 6/16 v NZ 25 4 24.97 4.76 31.43
World Cup 18 148.5 9 765 30 4/46 v NAM 3 0 25.50 5.13 29.76
T20I 15 53 3 432 19 3/38 v NZ 1 0 22.73 8.15 16.73
IPL 3 7 0 54 5 4/11 v DEL 0 0 10.80 7.71 8.40

Shoaib Akhtar Profile

Towards the late 90’s, ever since the speedometer grew in prominence, tracking bowling speeds shifted from being another statistical feature to an obsession that added marvel to a seamer’s repute. It tempted a generation of speedsters to topple what was long believed to be Jeff Thomson’s standing record of a 99.9 Mph delivery. Only two candidates emerged from that rat race, Thompson’s Australian compatriot Brett Lee and before him, a Pakistani, later dubbed as ‘’The Rawalpindi Express’’, Shoaib Akhtar.

Running in like a sprinter, freckles protruding focused eyes that sought a solitary purpose of hitting the deck hard as possible to shock his batting nemesis by sheer speed, and dismantle the erect stumps, Shoaib guards into multiple pieces. It successfully startled many, as few had experienced ball movement that rapid. It either unsettled batsmen or even a fortuitous knick had enough to sneak a boundary. Old school swing was very much second-fiddle. Here was cricket’s rebel. It kept audiences glued as he had carved himself a novelty in cricket. That novelty’s zenith came earlier than many realized, at the 1999 Cricket World Cup in England. Then, a mere year into his international career, Shoaib accompanied captain Wasim Akram to lead Pakistan’s bowling attack, succeeding a retired Waqar Younis. Many were still coping to comprehend an enigma, as he gained enough leverage to be among the tournament’s top wicket-takers. The novelty slowly wore off, though. It also took its toll on his body, with Shoaib’s bones and ligaments undergoing severe wear and tear. It directly affected his speeds. Brett Lee’s emergence no longer made Shoaib’s style one of-a-kind, as neither could dominate world cricket, but only rehash their fear-factors from time to time by honing variation skills getting bulk wickets over odd matches. Batsmen soon became cultured sloggers; in a game which itself transitioned more in their favour.

Large layoffs owing to injuries snubbed efforts to rebuild his career, increasing frustration. Companionship was sought with controversies, from performance-enhancing & recreational drugs, to a run-in with teammate Mohammad Asif. Under-the-hood, WADA suspicions grew which the PCB did best to protect Akhtar from. Bans were dished, appealed against and overturned. Successful returns in the IPL and limited-over Internationals reinvigorated fanfare. A larger picture, beyond speed (wickets), always felt needful. Akhtar did go onto break Thompson’s record. At what price, few would know.

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