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Famous cricket player of Pakistan: Shoaib Akhtar

by on February 21, 2011
in Pakistan, Profiles

Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar

A raging machine, show stopper and a match winner, Shoaib Akhtar of Pakistan cricket team has stunned the world of cricket with his pace for over a decade now. Better known as the ‘Rawalpindi Express’, the veteran speedster is questionably the fastest bowler ever to have played the game and his Yorkers are a night mare for even the best batsmen in the business.

Born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan in 1975 the well built right arm fast bowler made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 1998. Since then he has represented his country in a 157 matches and has had 242 victims in total, most of which have been either LBWs or bowled. He bagged all these scalps at a good average of 24.50 and has the best bowling figures of 6/16. Shoaib Akhtar’s career has always been the center of controversy starting right from his bowling action being questioned to the doping scandals, he has often been the reason of attention for wrong rather than right reasons. Fingers have been pointed towards his fitness levels and for this reason he has been left out of the Pakistan side on a number of occasions, but he has always come back strong against the expectations of his critics and bowled with great speed and accuracy.

Shoaib had an excellent Cricket World Cup in 1999 in which he played a vital role for his team in reaching the finals of the tournament. However, the next edition in 2003 was a dismal outing for the speedster. He was left out of the 2007 Cricket World Cup due to a controversy involving him Mohammed Asif and Shahid Afridi.

With the 2011 Cricket World Cup well under way and probably the last of Shoaib Akhtar’s career, he would like to utilize every drop of pace that he can muster from his aging body and destroy his opponents with the lethal Yorkers that the world associates with him.


One Response to “Famous cricket player of Pakistan: Shoaib Akhtar”
  1. kamran tharushah says:

    hi is a great cricketers

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