Shoiab Akhtar in a recent interview recalled wrestling jokingly with his Indian Counterparts Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh. Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar told, he unintentionally had injured many players while only showing his affection towards them. He said that he didn’t realize his own power and strength which was just too much for those on the receiving end.
Hence, while playfully wrestling his cricketing fellows, on many occasions he injured them. Shoaib Akhtar told he broke Yuvraj Singh’s back in wrestling in jest. His Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi also faced his wrath when he broke his rib while hugging him.
They Are Like My Younger brothers: Shoaib Akhtar On Yuvraj Singh And Harbhajan Singh
“I don’t wrestle, it’s my way of showing my affection to other people and I basically crossed the line. When I like someone, I throw them,” Shoaib Akhtar said on BBC’s Doosra podcast.
“I broke Yuvraj’s back, have previously broken Shahid Afridi’s rib by hugging him, and I made Abdul Razzaq stretch his hamstring a bit too much. So my way of loving people is a bit wild. It was just me being stupid in my younger days but I never realised my own power,” he added.
Shoaib Akhtar has previously said that Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh are like his younger brothers, and in no way would he harm them.
“We were horsing around and doing some arm wrestling and that was all but Bhajji and Yuvi are my younger brother and there is no question of beating them up,” he had said.
Shoaib Akhtar On Breaking The 100 mph Barrier
The Rawalpindi Express who is recognized as the fastest bowler in the history of cricket, delivering a world record top speed of 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) in a pool match against England during the 2003 Cricket World Cup. He talks about the training involved in reaching the milestone.
“Breaking the 100 mph barrier wasn’t a big deal to me. It was just media hype, an international cricket gimmick. I wasn’t getting paid for this – to break my bones trying to bowl that fast. I just thought ‘For heaven’s sake, I need to finish this and just do it.’ So I planned it all out, I started training for it. I also used to bowl from 26 yards with something much heavier than a cricket ball. When I came back to the 22 yards, I was about 6km/h (3.7mph) quicker,” Akhtar added.
Shoaib Akhtar was an amalgamation of raw pace and deadly bouncers. He was delightful to watch. He threatened batsmen with his deadly pace and bounce. The Rawalpindi express always delivered for his team and played to his fullest, even when he was injured he used to play on painkillers. His spirit is commendable and unfathomable.