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“Watching batters jump like monkeys was heartening to see” – Shoaib Akhtar on bowling bouncers during his playing days

Akhtar played 224 international games. In these he picked 444 wickets, but couldn’t achieve more as injuries hampered his career.

Vaidehi Singh Editor

Updated - 2 June 2022 11:22 am

Shoaib Akhtar – a prominent name in the Pakistan bowling lineup who not only threatened the greats of the game but also terrified the world with his brilliant bouncers. He was not only aggressive on the field but someone who terrified the batsmen be it Sachin Tendulkar, late Andrew Symonds or name anyone.

The former cricketer has now opened up on how he felt seeing the batters being troubled by his bouncers. In a talk with former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif, Akhtar explained how he felt.

“I bowled bouncers because watching batters jump like monkeys was heartening to see”, he said. He also revealed that he wanted to hit batters on head while bowling these bouncers as he had the pace.

He also believes that bounce with the pace is in the blood of such bowlers and wanted to have a psychological edge with this on the opponent.

Watch the video here:

Notably, Akhtar who retired in 2011, played 224 international games. In these he picked 444 wickets, but couldn’t achieve more as injuries hampered his career.

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