After scoring a comeback century on the first day of the Dubai Test, Hafeez revealed that his wife and Akhtar convinced him against taking ‘drastic steps’
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Indian skipper, Virat Kohli has called Shoaib Akhtar a terrifying bowler for batsmen to face. During an interview with Breakfast with Champions, Kohli said after Akhtar the next bowler he was terrified of facing was Pakistan’s 7-foot left-arm paceman Mohammad Irfan. Speedster Shoaib Akhtar rides bike in Karachi, surprises fans Motorbikes have played an important role in making me Shoaib Akhtar, says former fast bowler Kohli also spoke about his relationship with Indian actress Anushka Sharma and how she had played a vital role in his life. According to Kholi, the actress had provided him with motivation and confidence. In another interview given earlier this month, Kohli was also all praise for another Pakistani bowler Mohammad Amir. When asked about the best bowler he had faced and who made him nervous, Kohli had replied Mohammad Amir.
The former Pakistan fast bowler will work to develop the young pace bowlers in the franchise, including Haris Rauf, who was signed on for ten years after an impressive trial in Gujranwala
Shoaib Akhtar-Sachin Tendulkar rivalry remains among the best legacies of cricket KARACHI: Former speedster Shoaib Akhtar thinks Pakistan are hot favourites to win against archrivals India in the high-voltage Champions Trophy clash on June 4. Speaking to Geo.tv, Akhtar predicted that Sarfraz’s men will outclass Kohli-led India at Edgbaston. “I will give a 60 percent margin to Pakistan and it’s because the team is in a good nick and they will definitely be playing to outclass India,” he said. “I am expecting a cracking match. Pakistan have got a proper bowling lineup, we have spinners, we just need proper application,” he added. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ had a word of advice for the team. “Pakistan team doesn’t have to go out there with a defensive mindset. They need to keep rotating the strike and go for a better total and mind you, there is no pressure. It’s just like any other game,” he said. A bit of sledging here and there – Champions Trophy 2004/Getty Images When asked about his favourite Pakistan-India moment, Akhtar said it was yet to come. “My favourite Pakistan-India moment is yet to come. It’s gonna be on June 4, when Pakistan will defeat India in the Champions Trophy,” he said with a grin. Bowling out Tendulkar for duck ‘best feeling in the world’, says Shoaib Akhtar It just never got better than a faceoff between fiery speedster Shoaib Akhtar and batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar For Akhtar, memories of India-Pakistan encounters are always worth cherishing. Reminiscing about [Read More…]
Pakistan chief selector Inzamamul Haq said that he was not surprised by Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh’s claims that former speedster Shoaib Akhtar beat him and Yuvraj Singh up in a hotel room in Rawalpindi during India’s tour of Pakistan in 2003-04. Inzamam, who played with Akhtar for nearly a decade and also captained him between 2004-07, said that the 40-year-old who was famously known as Rawalpindi Express, was a strongly built individual, and even shaking hands with him could’ve been painful for other players. “Shoaib was always very muscular and strong,” said Inzamam. “Even hugging him or shaking hands with him could be painful for other players.” Would never beat Harbhajan, says Shoaib Earlier, Veteran Indian off-spinner said in a local television show claimed that former Pakistan pacer ‘bashed’ him and his fellow Indian player. “Shoaib once threatened me he would come to my room and beat me,” said Harbhajan. “I told him ‘come, let’s see who beats whom’. I was really scared. He is a great hulk. He once bashed me and Yuvi (Yuvraj Singh) inside a room. Since he was heavy, it was difficult to catch him.” The spinner further revealed that despite both on-field and off-field spats between him and Akhtar, both were relatively close to one another. “Shoaib used to sit with us, eat with us. But maybe since he was too close to us, he used to take us for granted,” he said. Harbhajan reveals Shoaib Akhtar once thrashed him and Yuvraj “He challenged me [Read More…]
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Monday hailed Virat Kohli’s heroics during the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament, praising the batsman’s leadership and determination which led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to reach the final. Thriller game…but SRH created a history by winning in style ..Great job by virat and company but never mind perhaps next IPL can be urs. — Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) May 29, 2016 In an interview with Mid Day, the former pacer hailed RCB captain’s innings where he batted with nine stitches after splitting the webbing in his left hand, and went on to score 113 runs off 50 balls against Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. The 40-year-old said that a batsman of Kohli’s calibre would have taken bigger risk and still would have come on top. “It was not a big risk. He would play with a broken leg and still score runs,” he said. Kohli eyes maiden IPL crown for Bangalore Shoaib further praised the Delhi-born’s energy on the field and stated that Kohli would go on to achieve great international milestones. “Kohli is so energised to prove things, not to anybody, but to himself. He always challenges himself,” he said. “I think he has a good five to seven years ahead of him, and I really wish someone like him will cross 100 international hundreds,” he added. Kohli captains the Indian Test side, with 11 tons and 12 half-centuries in 41 matches. The 27-year-old further scored 25 centuries in one-days and [Read More…]
The world’s former fastest bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who suffered from a degenerative knee condition which ended his career short, has gone under the knife in a bid to finally fix his knee issues. As per Shoaib’s initial diagnostic X-ray reports, his upper leg bone (the femur) was grinding one of his lower leg bones (the tibia). I was unable to see Shoaib Akhtar’s ball on ODI debut, says Sehwag I bowled with those knees 4last20 years and now look it my left knee it's grinding the other part of my knee Crazy.. pic.twitter.com/h6tlateGoq — Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 22, 2016 According to Shoaib’s doctors, bowling with his knees at such high-octane pace for nearly a decade was mind-blogging, but the right-armer did it and that too with sheer resolute. The world fastest bowler ever and world worst knees as doctor say they are still wondering how you played 4 so long with those knees..well.. — Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 22, 2016 Shoaib got his surgery done on January 23 in Melbourne, Australia and it was fixed by Dr David Young whom Shoaib considers an artist more than a medical practitioner. When Shah Rukh Khan kissed Shoaib Akhtar Ouch I know but had to do it David Young my doctor is an artist great job been done on my knee just pray thank you. pic.twitter.com/qiIUgeh2qs — Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 23, 2016 Done with knee .. pic.twitter.com/ztHmTEGSN4 — Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 23, 2016 And how did the doctors fix his ailing knee? [Read More…]
LAHORE: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has said that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should not beg other cricket playing nations to come to Pakistan and help reviving cricket here rather the board should improve its domestic structure and utilise …..
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