Shoaib Akhtar reveals what made him love bowling bouncers more than hitting

First published June 2, 2022, 1:52 p.m. IST

Shoaib Akhtar was cricket’s deadliest speedster to date. Meanwhile, he revealed why he threw bouncers at batters and what made him appreciate the most.

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Former legendary Pakistani speedster Shoab Akhtar remains the deadliest pacer to play cricket to date. Known for his blistering pace, he used to terrorize batters around the world with the same, while his deadly bouncers made life worse for them. Notably, he threw the fastest ball in international cricket, recording a speed of over 100 mph against England in 2003, with fly-half Nick Knight on the receiving end. Meanwhile, some have wondered what drove him to play so many bouncers throughout his career, regardless of what format he played. On the same note, he explained the very reason.

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“The adrenaline rush is here. Hair is flying. Heart rate is 185+. Surely you wouldn’t be fuller. It should hit the body, aalu dikhe jism pe [swelling should appear on it]. Every time the batter sees himself in the mirror, he should remember me. This is true love,” Akhtar added.

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Akhtar had a phenomenal career in the sport, taking 178 wickets in 46 Tests at an average of 25 including 12 fifes and a few tens for. In the ODIs he scalped 247 of 163 at 4.77 economy, with four fifes, while in the T20I he managed 19 of 15 at 8.15.

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