Shoaib Akhtar

Birth Name : Shoaib Akhtar

Nickname : Rawalpindi Express

Born : August 13, 1975

Born Place : Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan

Height : 6’ 0” (1.83 m)

Playing role : Bowler

Batting style : Right-hand bat

Majer Teams : Pakistan Cricket team, Asia XI, Agriculture Development Bank of Pakistan, Durham, Chittagong Division, Islamabad Leopards, ICC World XI, Kolkata Knight Riders, Khan Research Labs, Rawalpindi, Pakistan International Airlines, Surrey, Somerset and Worcestershire

About Shoaib Akhtar

Who is Shoaib Akhtar ?

Shoaib Akhtar (also known by his nickname : - Rawalpindi express) is a former cricketer in Pakistan and also known as in modern cricket one of the fastest bowlers. Shoiab Akhtar was born on born August 13, 1975 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. His test debut was made in November 1997 by him. 4 months later, he played his first ODI (One Day International). He played as an attacking fast bowler in Cricket Team of in Pakistan.

Shoaib has been concerned in many controversies during his career, usually suspect of not being a team player however his presence was continuously felt by the opponents. Akhtar was sent home in 2005 during the series of a Test match in Australia for alleged poor attitude. A year later during a drug scandal he was entangled when testing positive for an illegal substance. However, the ban obligatory on him was raised on court appeal. Akhtar was banned in September 2007 for his fight with his team mate and fast bowler of Pakistan cricket team Mohammad Asif for an indefinite period.

Akhtar was banned on April 1, 2008 to publicly criticize the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) for five years. The Lahore High Court suspended in October 2008 the five-year ban in Pakistan and Akhtar was selected for the Twenty20 Quadrangular Tournament in the 15-man squad in Canada. Rana Bhagwandas (which the Pakistani judge) stated once that The legend of Pakistan cricket is Akhtar. He retired after the World Cup in 2011 from international cricket.

Shoaib Akhtar’s Early years :

Akhtar was born near Rawalpindi in a small town, Punjab in Pakistan. His father was doing job as a plant operator in Attock Oil Refinery at Morgah. Akhtar started his studies at Elliott high school, Morgah so took admission within the Asghar Mall College, Rawalpindi, then again he moved to Karachi beside his family for further education.

Shoaib Akhtar’s Domestic Career : 

England County Cricket :

Akhtar played for 3 cricket clubs of English county, including Worcestershire in  2005, Durham in 2003 and 2004 and somerset in 2001. He did come through his moments of success, like taking for thirty five runs with five wickets for Durham against Somerset within the National League in 2003 and claiming for sixteen runs with 6 wickets within the same competition for worcestershire against Glamorgan 2 years later, however he suffered from fitness issues, yet as a perception that he was but interested in his task.

This was notably at Worcestershire the case: Chairman John Elliott said "Players like are not any good for our club. In fact, Akhtar for any club has been not good. He is a big star and simply does what he desires”.

Indian Premier League :

Akhtar made a successful come to cricket in the IPL (Indian Premier League) in his first game playing against the Delhi Daredevils for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Akhtar took 4 top order wickets defending a minimum score of 133 runs, which ultimately led being restricted for the Daredevils by 110 runs. 

Shoaib completed with figures of 11 runs with 4 wickets from 3 overs, a performance that earned him the award of the player of the match. Akhtar denied that he had any purpose to prove along with his performance, stating, "I simply needed to win the sport.” Sourav Ganguly (which captain of Knight Riders) also acknowledged performance of Akhtar, "He came to the country and showed lots character but lots of things happening behind him...” It has been widely reported that the Knight Riders from his contract with Akhtar have released during to his history of injury but the officials of Knight Riders have denied these reports and told they're still with the fast bowler in talks.

Shoaib has conjointly played in NCL in Bangladesh T20 Bangladesh for Cyclones of Chittagong.

Shoaib Akhtar’s Cricinfo and international career :

Akhtar's run of impressive performances started within the 1990s. During a series of pre-World Cup, he rose in 1999 to prominence against India. Outstanding bowling performances followed in Sharjah and later in Cricket world cup in 1999. There was no higher sight in World Cricket than a look Akthar bowl at full smother throughout the late 90's and early 2000s.

His most vital performance was in 1999 once he captured eight wickets in India within the Asian test championship match at Kolkata – as well as the wickets of Indian batsmen Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar once he bowled each batsman of sequential deliveries. Ironically it was the first time when he bowled to Sachin Tendulkar. He was selected in 2002 against Australia for the Pakistan team and achieved success. However he in the Cricket world cup of 2003, performed poorly and he was dropped after the tournament from squad of the Pakistan. He was selected back in 2004 in the squad of Pakistan in a series of test match against New Zealand, however struggled during a losing series of test in 2004 against India.

The series ended with an argument once he left the field referring an injury leading to distrust by Inzamam-UL-Haq (which former captain of Pakistan) about his commitment to the team. His relationship with Bob Woolmer (which former coach of Pakistan) and Inzamam-UL-Haq deteriorated as a result. A medical panel was originated by the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) to research the nature of his injury; but Pakistan officers removed all suspicions. Akhtar regained in 2005 his reputation for his side as a fast bowler. He made an impressive series against England in a three series of Test home of bowling performances. Akhtar came out as the highest wicket taker with seventeen wickets of the series. His performance was conjointly acknowledged by English captain Michael Vaughan, who remarked "I thought he (Shoaib) was an enormous distinction between the 2 teams".

Shoaib is additionally called one in all solely 3 bowlers to own ever broken the one hundred mph barrier in cricket history, with a delivery of 101.3 mph, throughout the 2003 world cup against England, and this delivery stands because the quickest recorded to date.

Shoaib Akhtar’s Achievements and Awards :

  • Shoaib selected as "Man of the match" on Aug 27, 2003 against Bangladesh at Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar in Pakistan.
  • Shoaib selected on Dec 26, 2003 as "Man of the match" against New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington in New Zealand.
  • His best performance in Batting Career in Test match on 2006 with scores 43 against India at Faisalabad. 
  • His best performance in Batting Career in ODI matches in 2003 against England at Cape Town. 
  • His best performance in Bowling Career was in 2002 at Lahore and at Karachi in two matches against New Zealand.
  • One of his best performances in Bowling Career was in 2008 against Canada in Ontario.