Shoaib Akhtar was nicknamed as Rawalpindi Express.© AFP
Shoaib Akhtar, known as the Rawalpindi Express, is regarded as one of the fastest bowlers in cricket history. The former Pakistani pacer was known for his aggressive personality during competitions and his speed. The 46-year-old recently spoke to Brett Lee on a podcast and the former Australian speedster revealed an interesting anecdote about Akhtar’s “great spell” against his country. The Aussie also stated that a delivery by Akhtar made him feel like he had been “taken out by a sniper”.
The incident took place during a test match between Pakistan and Australia in Colombo.
“Well, you know, I could tell you that test we talked about in Colombo and it was so hot, the conditions. Shoaib was bowling most of the day at about 148 mph and he was steaming in “His speed dropped to about 145 and then they asked him to do another big spell. Another big push from the captain, was requested from Shoaib Akhtar,” Lee said.
“He knocked Gilly over with a ball that looked like it was leaving the hand and blew away his stumps before Gilly could even get the bat down. It looked like it was about 180 clicks an hour. Then I came out with my face to the hat trick ball and this ball swings around corners, huge backwards i was hit on the face on the first ball shoaib steams in he runs in the black hair falls everywhere let’s go this ball hits me on the hip .”
He added: “When I fell, I thought I had been taken out by a sniper. I thought I had been shot. He runs downstairs as sorry sorry sorry”.
Akhtar also spoke about the spell, stating that Steve Waugh was “just a wall”.
“I think I threw my heart out and I fought with a lot of other Australian players during the match. You have to understand one thing you know I have to face one of the strongest batsmen on the planet. I mean Steve Waugh is just a wall. He’s just a character; he won’t give up. I mean no, I wish Brett Lee bowled against his own team-mate one day so he would understand what we had to go through,” he said.
Brett Lee himself was known as an extremely fast bowler. He and Akhtar constantly competed for the tag of the fastest paceman in the first decade of the 2000s.
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