Shoaib Akhtar, who is regarded as fastest bowler of all times bowls at an speed of 161 Km/h. In tribute to his bowling, Shoaib has been nickedname as Rawalpindi Express. His life histor, various records, & achievements for Pakistan cricket team will be discuss in this article.
Shoaib Akhtar life History
Shoaib Akhtar was born on 13 August, 1975 in a town Morgha near Rawalpindi. His father was a plant operator. He started playing for Pakistan international team in 1997 as an fast bowler. He was also part of Pakistan team in a tour to South Africa in 1998 where he played all 3 Test matches. In his first 8 Test matches, he could not prove any desire performance & only took 18 wickets in 16 innings. Shoaib showed some good performance against India in a series before World Cup 1999. After that his performance was also impressive in a series in Sharjah & World Cup 1999. He showed shome good performance against India in 1999 Test team champion by tooking 8 wickets including wicket of Sachin Tendulkar. Shoaib was selected for series against Australia in 2002 where he showed good performance.
In 2003 World Cup, he did not perform well because of which he was drop from the team. He was again selected to play against India but he struggled in that series. In 2005, he made a good come back to Pakistan team while playing a Test series against England. He bowled some impressive deliveries & remained highest wicket taker with 17 wickets. He was appreciated by England captain Micael Vaughan. He called him the big difference between both teams. He is regared as fastest bowler in the history of cricket. While playing against England in 2003 World Cup, he bowls at a speed of 161.3 Km/h.
After the ban of 13 matches, Shoaib Akhtar played against South Africa in 5th ODI match where he took 4 wickets for 43 runs. He was selected for the series against India in 2007 which he successfully completed without any injury. Akhtar was selected in Asia Cup 2010 squad where he took 3 wickets for 28 runs against Sri-lanka. He was selected to play against New Zealand where he took 3 wickets in two T20 International matches. He was selected in 2011 World Cup where he announced that he will take retirement after the world cup. Akhtar was not selected for playing 11 in the Quarter final & Semi final matches which came off against West-Indies & India.
Shoaib Akhtar Domestic Cricket History
Shoaib Akhtar played for three English Domestic sides Somerset, Durham, & Worcestershire. While playing National league in 2003 for Durham, he took 5 wickets for 35 runs. For worcestershire, he took 6 wickets for 16 runs against Glamorgan. Shoaib Akhtar has also got fitness problems too.
Shoaib Akhtar gave outstanding performance in his IPL match, playing for KKR against DD where he took 4 wickets for 11 runs in 3 overs. It help KKR to defend low total score of 133. They restricted DD to 110 runs.
Shoaib Akhtar Records & Achievements
Shoaib Akhtar test performance is quite well. He took 5 wickets haul for 12 times. First time he took this award was in 1998 while playing against South Africa where he took 5 wickts for 43 runs which also resulted in victory for Pakistan. In 2002, his performance was quite brilliant as he took 5 wickets haul for 3 times. First one came against West Indies where he took 5 wickts for 24 runs within an econom rate of 1.50. Second & third one came against New Zealand & Australia where he took 6 & 5 wickets respectively. Pakistan had won both of these matches. Last time, he got this record was in 2005 against England in Lahore, where he took 5 wickets for 71 runs. Pakistan won that test match.
One Day Achievements
Shoaib Akhtar took 5 wickets haul four times in ODI. First one came against England in 2001, where he took 5 wickts for 19 runs. The last one came in 2005 against England where he took 5 wickets for 54 runs. Pakistan won all 4 matches in which Shoaib Akhtar took 5 wickets haul.
Shoaib Akhtar Batting Statistics
Shoaib Akhtar Bowling Statistics