WATCH: Shoaib Akhtar rewinds the clock; shares video of steaming in at Islamabad club
Shoaib Akhtar in his heydeys would have had most batters searching for cover. It wasn’t too different when he took the field at the Islamabad Club in what appeared to be a friendly game. Akhtar shared the video of him steaming in – a familiar sight for cricket fans from the late 90s and early 2000s – to bowl at a clueless batter who got into a tangle trying to fend him off.
‘It was fun bending the back after a long time at this beautiful new ground at the Islamabad Club’ – Akhtar wrote in his social media caption. Although for fans accustomed to watching him bowl, that seemed like a mere stroll in the park to bowl a 150kph-something delivery.
Akhtar once bowled a record-breaking 161.3 kmph delivery during a 2003 World Cup match against England.
WATCH AKHTAR CREATING A STORM IN THE PARK ON RETURN
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
Akhtar had retired from international cricket at the end of the 2011 World Cup after Pakistan lost the semi-final fixture of the tournament to India, the eventual champions.
The Pakistani quick completed a memorable career with 178 Test wickets, 247 ODI wickets and 19 wickets in 15 T20Is. He played in 133 first-class matches and 221 List A matches.