Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, who was known for his aggressive nature on the field and soaring pace, has said that he never wanted to become a fast bowler.
Shoaib Akhtar, who is popularly known as the Rawalpindi Express, holds the record of bowling at the speed of 161 kph. He made his international debut in 1997 and soon he became a dominant and one of the most lethal pacers in world cricket.
Former Pakistan speedster, while sharing a podcast with former Australian pacer Brett Lee, said that his atom bomb like energy motivated him to become a pacer.
“(I) Never wanted to be a fast bowler. But I always believed that I am able to do something because I have energy like nobody. I have the energy of an atom bomb that needs to explode somewhere,” said Shoaib Akhtar while speaking on the podcast.
I always used to tell my childhood friends that I am something – Shoaib Akhtar
The right-arm pacer Shoaib Akhtar overall played 46 Tests 163 One Day Internationals and 15 T20 Internationals for Pakistan National Cricket Team and he picked 178, 247 and 19 wickets in his massively successful career.
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar further talked about his childhood experiences and said:
“I always used to tell my childhood friends that I am something. But the word from my childhood started from – ‘you can’t do it’. [sic]. The minute I started listening to that, I started getting that kick. That was the kind of environment that I was living in. But I said I will go through the walls.”
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