New Delhi240C
Sunday, Feb 25, 2024
Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar

Age 48PakistanPAKISTAN
Right-arm fast Bowler

Towards the late 90’s, ever since the speedometer grew in prominence, tracking bowling speeds shifted from being another statistical feature to an obsession that added marvel to a seamer’s repute. It tempted a generation of speedsters to topple what was long believed to be Jeff Thomson’s standing record of a 99.9 Mph delivery. Only two candidates emerged from that rat race, Thompson’s Australian compatriot Brett Lee and before him, a Pakistani, later dubbed as ‘’The Rawalpindi Express’’, Shoaib Akhtar.

Running in like a sprinter, freckles protruding focused eyes that sought a solitary purpose of hitting the deck hard as possible to shock his batting nemesis by sheer speed, and dismantle the erect stumps, Shoaib guards into multiple pieces. It successfully startled many, as few had experienced ball movement that rapid. It either unsettled batsmen or even a fortuitous knick had enough to sneak a boundary. Old school swing was very much second-fiddle. Here was cricket’s rebel. It kept audiences glued as he had carved himself a novelty in cricket. That novelty’s zenith came earlier than many realized, at the 1999 Cricket World Cup in England. Then, a mere year into his international career, Shoaib accompanied captain Wasim Akram to lead Pakistan’s bowling attack, succeeding a retired Waqar Younis. Many were still coping to comprehend an enigma, as he gained enough leverage to be among the tournament’s top wicket-takers. The novelty slowly wore off, though. It also took its toll on his body, with Shoaib’s bones and ligaments undergoing severe wear and tear. It directly affected his speeds. Brett Lee’s emergence no longer made Shoaib’s style one of-a-kind, as neither could dominate world cricket, but only rehash their fear-factors from time to time by honing variation skills getting bulk wickets over odd matches. Batsmen soon became cultured sloggers; in a game which itself transitioned more in their favour.

Large layoffs owing to injuries snubbed efforts to rebuild his career, increasing frustration. Companionship was sought with controversies, from performance-enhancing & recreational drugs, to a run-in with teammate Mohammad Asif. Under-the-hood, WADA suspicions grew which the PCB did best to protect Akhtar from. Bans were dished, appealed against and overturned. Successful returns in the IPL and limited-over Internationals reinvigorated fanfare. A larger picture, beyond speed (wickets), always felt needful. Akhtar did go onto break Thompson’s record. At what price, few would know.

read more
Teams
  • PakistanPakistan
  • defaultAsia XI
  • defaultICC World XI
  • defaultZarai Taraqiati Bank Limited
  • defaultChattogram Division
  • defaultDurham
  • defaultFederally Administered Tribal Areas
  • defaultFederal Areas Leopards
  • defaultIslamabad Leopards
  • defaultIslamabad
  • defaultKhan Research Laboratories
  • defaultPakistan A
  • defaultPakistan Inv XI
  • defaultPakistan International Airlines
  • defaultRawalpindi
  • defaultRawalpindi A
  • defaultRawalpindi B
  • defaultRawalpindi Rams
  • defaultSurrey
  • defaultWorcestershire
  • Kolkata Knight RidersKolkata Knight Riders
  • Pakistan Under-19Pakistan Under-19
  • defaultSomerset
  • defaultSachins Blasters
  • defaultAsia Lions

Shoaib Akhtar Statistics

Debut
Pakistan vs Zimbabwe on Mar 28, 1998
Last
Pakistan vs New Zealand on Mar 08, 2011
Debut
Pakistan vs West Indies on Nov 29, 1997
Last
Pakistan vs India on Dec 08, 2007
Debut
Pakistan vs England on Aug 28, 2006
Last
Pakistan vs New Zealand on Dec 28, 2010
Debut
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals on May 13, 2008
Last
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings on May 18, 2008

Shoaib Akhtar Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
163394008.9573.23
Highest Runs43
Balls Faced16
On DateFeb 22, 03
AgainstEnglandENG

Shoaib Akhtar Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
163129424724.9731.434.76
Wickets Taken6
Runs16
On DateApr 21, 02
AgainstNew ZealandNZ

Shoaib Akhtar Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
2006
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Shoaib Akhtar Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
465440010.0741.43
Highest Runs47
Balls Faced54
On DateJan 21, 06
AgainstIndiaIND

Shoaib Akhtar Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
461357.117825.6945.743.37
Wickets Taken6
Runs11
On DateMay 01, 02
AgainstNew ZealandNZ

Shoaib Akhtar Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
1200
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Shoaib Akhtar Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
1521007.00131.25
Highest Runs8
Balls Faced4
On DateDec 26, 10
AgainstNew ZealandNZ

Shoaib Akhtar Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
15531922.7316.738.15
Wickets Taken3
Runs38
On DateDec 26, 10
AgainstNew ZealandNZ

Shoaib Akhtar Fielding Records

CatchesStumpingsRun Outs
201
Mat: Matches, R: Runs, W: Wickets, O: Overs, S/R: Strike Rate, Eco: Economy Rate, Avg: Average

Shoaib Akhtar Batting Records

MatR50s100sAvgS/R
32002.0028.57
Highest Runs2
Balls Faced7
On DateMay 16, 08
AgainstMumbai IndiansMI

Shoaib Akhtar Bowling Records

MatOWAvgS/REco
37510.808.407.71
Wickets Taken4
Runs11
On DateMay 13, 08
AgainstDelhi CapitalsDC
Rate your Cricket Experience!
  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Ok
  • Not Good
Most Viewed Players