KARACHI-Pakistan’s legendary pacer Shoaib Akhtar has claimed that he was the least-quickest of the Pakistan bowling assault throughout his early cricketing days.
The Rawalpindi Categorical stated: “I needed to surpass main names reminiscent of legendary former pacers Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis with the intention to make a reputation for himself. I’m telling you the actual fact and the reality. Out of the seven to eight fast-bowlers, I used to be the least-quickest bowler on the planet within the Pakistan assault at the moment.
“I will speak from the heart. I have told you about eight fast-bowlers. Mohammad Zahid topped that list. Now imagine that I had to try to surpass them. You have to surpass the likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. Not just surpass them, but make a name for yourself. What will you do?”
The 44-year-old revealed that he learnt completely different qualities from every bowler with the intention to create an impactful presence on the sector. “I started picking up qualities from each of them. I learnt how to sprint from one of them, learnt the bowling action from another, learnt bowling sense from one, learnt how to train from another, learnt how to gym from one, learnt how to talk from the other. I have always believed that one must have a good voice and you should know how to speak. I also believed that you needed to have an impactful personality.”
The previous pacer claimed that he knew the artwork of reverse-swing on the age of 16 whereas highlighting his angle because the defining function which made him stand out. “OnceI came to the top, most people knew that I could do wonders and if I steered clear of controversies, then I could be something else,” he stated.
“A lot of people used to tell me, ‘How can you replace Waqar? Are you mad? There are many who have attempted to do that and failed.’ I said, ‘No. You don’t understand. They never had my attitude.’ They asked me, ‘How?’ I said, ‘When I run in, I am going to own the ground.’ They asked me, ‘How are you going to do that?’ I said, ‘I am going to take wickets. I learnt the trade of how to take wickets.’ At the age of 16, we knew how to reverse-swing the ball in the nets,” Akhtar concluded.