Shoaib Akhtar Feels Bowling to Virat Kohli Would Have been an Interesting Contest
Shoaib Akhtar in his prime, terrorised even the greatest of the batsmen in world cricket with his extraordinary pace bowling.
Akhtar, usually bowled at 145 km/ph to 150 km/ph on average. His long strides and a long run-up brought fear into the batsmen’s eyes and minds. Akhtar made his debut in 1997, and he rose to fame with his raw pace. He was the first bowler in international cricket to break the 100 m/ph barrier which he did twice in his career.
The Rawalpindi express decimated the great batting line-ups in his career. He holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery in international cricket at 161.3 Km/ph against England during the 2003 cricket World Cup.
He had a long history with the Indian batsmen starting in 1999 when he dismissed Sachin Tendulkar on the very first ball he bowled to the little master.
The era in which he played had great batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Matthew Hayden etc.
However, he feels he was lucky that he didn’t bowl to Virat Kohli in his prime. This statement came a day after when at a talk show where Kohli said he was fortunate not to have faced Akhtar in his prime. Akhtar then tweeted,
“I was better off not bowling at all when #Kohli was batting. Jokes apart, he’s a gr8 batsman & bowling against him would have been a gr8 contest.”
Kohli at the talk show said,
“It would be better to be at the non-striker’s end when Shoaib Akhtar was bowling.”
The speedster had a great relationship with the Indian player since his retirement. However, he feels the state of pace bowling in international cricket worries him a lot, as there are no good express pace bowlers now. He believes the bowlers do not put in the hard yards these days and are not motivated enough to bowl fast.
Going by Akhtar’s tweet, it certainly would have been an interesting contest between the two mighty champions of the game.
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