Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar revealed that he never wanted to be a fast bowler. The Rawalpindi Express also credited his “atom bomb” like energy to inspire him to become one.
Shoaib made his international debut in 1997 and soon he became a dominant and one of the most lethal pacers in world cricket. He holds the record of bowling at the speed of 161 kph.
“Never wanted to be a fast bowler. But I always believed that I am able to do something because I have energy like nobody. I have the energy of an atom bomb that needs to explode somewhere,” said Akhtar.
“I always used to tell my childhood friends that I am something. But the word from my childhood started from – ‘you can’t do it’. The minute I started listening to that, I started getting that kick. That was the kind of environment that I was living in. But I said I will go through the walls,” he added.
The right-arm pacer played 46 Tests 163 One Day Internationals and 15 T20 Internationals for Pakistan and he picked 178, 247 and 19 wickets respectively.