Former Pakistani paceman Shoaib Akhtar was known for his extreme pace and unbelievable capability of bowling consistently at 150 kmph. The right-armer used to frighten batsmen across all the teams simply by his long run-up and unreal speed. Apart from his fearsome bowling, Akhtar is also famous for voicing out his opinions on several topics related to the game and players.
Akhtar exhibited a glimpse of his outspoken attitude in a clip which is making the rounds on social media platform Facebook. In the video, Shoaib is seen surrounded by several kids where he quizzes everyone about what they want to become after growing up.
One of the kids said he wants to become Shahid Afridi when he grows up. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ was quick to respond, and he literally trolled his former team-mate by saying, “Afridi? Jaldi out hoga tu bhi.”
Afridi was no doubt one of the best cricketers ever played for Pakistan. He was an attacking batsman, but sometimes his aggressive approach cost him and Pakistani team as well. In fact, Afridi had to face the heat of Pakistani fans on many occasions usually for his irresponsible batting style.
Afridi accumulated more than 10,000 runs in international cricket and grabbed 541 wickets across all the formats. He scored the fastest hundred (off 37 balls) in ODIs during a game against Sri Lanka at Nairobi in 1996. Shahid held this record till 2014 when New Zealand’s Corey Anderson smashed a 36-ball century against West Indies in Queenstown. Just one year later, AB de Villiers leapfrogged Anderson as he slammed a 31-ball hundred against the Caribbeans at Johannesburg.
Also, Afridi has an unwanted record of registering 44 ducks in his career and former Sri Lankan skipper Sanath Jayasuriya is the only batsman to score more ducks than him in international cricket.
Recently, in an interview with former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar on ESPNCricinfo videocast, Akhtar revealed why he decided to bowl constant bouncers at Sachin Tendulkar during the Faisalabad Test in 2006.
“In Faisalabad (2006) Test, I knew he had an elbow injury, and I knew he couldn’t hook or pull the ball, so I kept bowling bouncers at him,” said Akhtar.