Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was beaming with pride today after he spotted an F-16 Fighting Falcon, the single-engine supersonic fighter aircraft originating from the United States Air Force (USAF). This aircraft is one of the top fighter planes in the Pakistan Airforce’s arsenal.
Akhtar resides in Rawalpindi, Punjab.
He wrote: This mean machine can soar and then roar…proud of Pakistan Air Force…”
Mean machine reminds Akhtar childhood dream
While the aircraft filled him with pride for his nation, it also made nostalgic as he went back to his childhood days when he dreamed of joining air force. The tweet which followed next was an amusing confession from the Rawalpindi Express as he revealed that he wished to become a pilot.
“This fab machine was soaring in the Sky over my house along with Miraj & f16 & da sounds of jets makes me go crazy like a kid…Love PAK.”
The ultimate tribute to self
However, Akhtar reserved the final applause for himself. After admiring the beauty of the Pakistani aircraft, he quickly jumped into an appreciable self- appraisal mode. He posted a photograph of his trademark celebration style called “jet plane.” It was one of the most famous celebratory styles for most of the bussing fast bowlers in the sub-continent.
His jet plane style was a synonym to his bowling and could always be witnessed after he picked wickets.
“And this F-16 was better than all. Celebration after talking wicket bcoz I wanted to be a fighter pilot more I have endless love for jets…”
Shoaib Akhtar, who rose from a small village in Rawalpindi, was arguably the quickest bowlers the cricketing world ever saw. The right-arm bowler currently holds the record of being the first bowler to have ever “recorded” the speed in excess of the famed 100 miles per hour mark. He achieved this feat against England when bowling at wicket keeper batsman Nick Knight on 27th of April, 2002. The record still stands tall, cementing his reputation of being the Rawalpindi Express.