Shoaib Akhtar is undoubtedly one of the most fierce fast bowlers ever seen in the sport of cricket. He was a nightmare for batsmen during his prime days. The right-arm pacer was the first bowler ever to breach the 100 mph mark during the 2003 ICC World Cup against England. Akhtar went on to bowl a delivery at speed of 161.3 kph, which is still the fastest delivery recorded in an international match.
Fans used to love watching the Pakistani pacer as he used to give his everything on the field. He was fast, pacy and passionate about his bowling which always made up for some interesting match-ups with various top batsmen across the globe. Although he retired from international cricket after 2011 World Cup, he has not lost the sportsman in him as he is often seen vigorously working on his fitness.
As it turns out, the pacer has once again stepped on to the cricket field to show everyone that he can still prove to be a nightmare for any batsman, even at the age of 46. There aren’t many players in the world who would even think of bowling at a rapid speed at this age but there is a reason why he is the Rawalpindi Express.
It was fun bending the back after a long time: Akhtar
The former Pakistani fast-bowler shared a video of him bowling in a local cricket match. He can be seen producing his full run-up before bowling a sharp delivery nipping back in and striking the pads of the batsman. It was almost like he had rolled back the years with this delivery as so many batsmen have been at the receiving end of his Akhtar special.
Unfortunately for him, the umpire turned down the appeal and Akhtar was visibly upset reflecting that he has not lost his passion for taking wickets. The 46-year-old was however delighted to have got a chance to play after a long time as he stated in the caption, “It was fun bending the back after a long time at this beautiful new ground at Islamabad Club.”
Watch the video here:
It was fun bending the back after a long time at this beautiful new ground at Islamabad Club. pic.twitter.com/IQnxG44XM9
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) October 5, 2021