Shoaib was the first ever bowler who crossed 100mph barrier in history of cricket. ALSO READ | Shoaib Akhtar hails Virat Kohli for shifting his focus from aggression to discipline. On 15 June 2010, Akhtar made his return, taking 3 wickets for 28 runs in the first match of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka. In an interview with Dawn, Farooq Hamid stated that due to dirty politics in Pakistan cricket and the 'Mohammad Brothers', he could only play one Test and retired from cricket at a tender age of 25. Pakistan cricket is renowned for producing top-notch pacers. As a result, his relationship with Inzamam-ul-Haq and former Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer deteriorated. "[24], Akhtar made a successful return to cricket in his first game in the Indian Premier League, playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Delhi Daredevils. Knight Riders' captain Sourav Ganguly also acknowledged Akhtar's performance, "He came to the country with lots [of things] happening behind him...But he showed a lot of character."[27]. Shoaib Akhtar(Fastest ball: 161.3 kmph) Shoaib Akhtar, popularly known as 'Rawalpindi Express' is … "My honour has been vindicated and now the defamation lawsuit will not be pursued," Ashraf was quoted as saying. The same year he was banned for one Test match and two One Day International matches for abusing South African spin bowler Paul Adams, during a match against South Africa. The third member, Danish Zaheer, differed. The highest electronically measured speed for a ball bowled by any bowler is 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) by Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan) against England on 22 February 2003 in a World Cup match at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa. Blaming the team management for not handling his aggressive attitude, Hamid said every fast bowler should be aggressive and it is the job of the team management to handle fast bowlers carefully. [32] Akhtar immediately declared his innocence and he declined knowingly taking any performance-enhancing drugs. 300,000 for indiscipline during the national camp in Karachi. [37] However, on 5 December 2006 represented by his lawyer Abid Hassan Minto, Akhtar was cleared on appeal. News 'Beast' Anrich Nortje eyes Shoaib Akhtar's record 161.3kph after delivering fastest ever IPL ball "Maybe a good wicket, some adrenaline, the right combination and I can do it this IPL" A year later, he was embroiled in a drug scandal after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance nandrolone. He added that all his colleagues know what sort of treatment he was meted out from his captains. [43][44], In August 2007, Akhtar was reported to have used foul language against Pakistan Cricket Board protesting the imposing of fine of Rs. He was subsequently included in the tour of South Africa during the winter of 1998, where he played in all three Tests. Then there was the Akhtar slower ball. No bowler has ever delivered this variation with a bigger drop-off in speed from their stock ball, and he bowled it with no discernible change in arm action. Over Pakistan's first three matches, Shoaib has produced fastest balls of 153.1km/h, 159.1km/h and now 161.3km/h. Lacking the money for a bus ticket, he waited for the bus to start and got onto the roof. [7] Pakistani judge Rana Bhagwandas once stated that Akhtar is a legend of Pakistan cricket. He claimed that the legendary West Indian batsman Rohan Kanhai was floored by his lethal bouncer. Akhtar was born in a small town in Morgah near Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The complete drug testing procedure was concluded to have been technically flawed as it did not follow standard procedures. If that fails I will go to court, if that fails then I will go to the Supreme Court. Akhtar returned to the national side representing the country against England in the Twenty20 International. From live updates to breaking news, Republic World brings you all the live updates online so that you don't miss out on the IND VS AUS extravaganza. He is recognised 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. info); born 13 August 1975) is an former Pakistani cricketer, commentator and YouTuber.He is often known as one of the greatest and fastest bowlers of the era. info); born 13 August 1975) is an former Pakistani cricketer, commentator and YouTuber. He did achieve his moments of success, such as taking 5 wickets for 35 runs for Durham against Somerset in the National League in 2003 and claiming 6 wickets for 16 runs in the same competition for Worcestershire against Gloucestershire two years later, but he suffered from fitness problems, as well as a perception that he was less than interested in his task. Hamid also claimed that even Sir Don Bradman praised him as a pacer when he met him during the Australian tour in Adelaide. [58] On 4 May, the Pakistan Cricket Board's appellate tribunal suspended the five-year ban for one month, until they reconvene on 4 June, allowing Akhtar to take part in the ongoing Indian Premier League. Mirza RashidLove PakistanHD Shoaib Akhtar The Speed Master (Pak Vs Aus 2nd T20 2010) [34] He, however, failed to convince the committee of his innocence. Despite his relatively good bowling form, Pakistani coach Waqar Younis insisted that the bowling attack must not become reliant on Akhtar, as he is 35 years of age and fitness troubles continue to affect him. In its report submitted to the Pakistan Cricket Board, the Anti-Doping Committee recommended a two-year ban. Farooq Hamid even reckoned that if Imran Khan fails to correct the cricketing system in Pakistan, then only God can save it. In a triangular series in 2003 held in Sri Lanka, he was caught ball tampering making him the second player in cricket to be banned on ball tampering charges. [31] Former Pakistan captain Inzamam ul-Haq had also previously complained about Akhtar's drug abuse but was not reported to the Pakistan Cricket Board. [18] He narrowly missed out a spot in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in place of the injured Umar Gul. On 16 October 2006 Akhtar was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board, along with Mohammed Asif after they tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance nandrolone. [2] Akhtar was nicknamed "Rawalpindi Express" and "Tiger" as a tribute to his hometown and fast bowling. And I could not tolerate them." He was dropped from the squad after group matches and was not included in the quarter final either. On April 27, 2002, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar created a world record by bowling a 161.0 kmp/h delivery to New Zealand's Craig McMillian in an ODI in Lahore. Shoaib Akhtar holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery ever in international cricket Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is one of the fastest bowlers to have graced the game. Anrich Nortje aims for Shoaib Akhtar's record after delivering fastest ever IPL ball; RR vs RCB: Skipper Smith guides Rajasthan Royals to 177/6 against Royal Challengers Bangalore Over the years, Pakistan has given world-cricket quality speedsters like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Imran Khan, Shoaib Akhtar among others who gave batsmen nightmares with their speed and swing. Justice Fakhruddin Ebrahim, committee head, and Haseeb Ahsan, former Test cricketer, were in favour of the acquittal. A medical panel was set up by the Pakistan Cricket Board to investigate the nature of his injury, however Pakistan officials dispelled all suspicions. The Pakistan pacer, known for his raw pace, clocked 161 kph against New Zealand in 2002 and consistently clocked in excess of 151 kph during his career. [33] During a hearing with the Pakistan Cricket Board Anti-Doping Committee, he along with Asif maintained taking non-steroidal dietary supplements. The team management along with the Pakistan Cricket Board said their injuries were too severe to risk taking them to the Caribbean. READ ALSO | Sehwag troll Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistani bowler in the latest episode ‘Viru Ki Baithak’ [61], On 21 May 2009, Akhtar was dropped from 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Pakistan squad because of genital viral warts. Since neither of the two had been declared fit they did not undergo official doping tests. Shoaib Akhtar had broken the barrier and become the fastest bowler in the world. Farooq Hamid further said that many leading cricketers were scared of his bouncers. He subsequently obtained the necessary visa and returned to play with English county club Surrey. However, Hamid said that Pakistan cricket is lucky now as they have legendary all-rounder Imran Khan at the helm and he was hopeful that cricket will improve under him. Known as the Rawalpindi Express for his blistering pace, Akhtar clocked 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) against England in a 2003 World Cup encounter at Newlands, Cape Town in South Africa. 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His comeback was also remarkable as prior to his return, he had been criticised from all corners; such as by the Worcestershire chairman John Elliot for his celebrity attitude and lack of commitment to the team. [42] The ICC supported the WADA appeal adding that it was committed to a dope free game. However, the ban imposed on him was lifted on appeal. On 29 October 2007, Akhtar made his return to cricket, from his 13 match ban and performed well, taking 4 wickets for 43 runs against South Africa in the fifth and deciding One Day International series in Lahore in Pakistan. [53] Despite the ban not preventing him from playing in the Indian Premier League, the IPL governing council decided not to allow Akhtar to play in the tournament until the end of the ban or unless it is lifted. It was his second over that saw the Shoaib deliver balls at the speed of 153.3km/h, 158.4km/h, 158.5km/h, 157.4km/h, 159.5km/h and 161.3km/h, with the average speed being 158.06 km/h. On 2 July 2007, the Court of Arbitration for Sport dropped the case, ruling it had no jurisdiction to challenge the decision made by PCB. Shoaib khtar fastest ball 161.3 subscribe my channal more update #TENSPORTS [21] Akhtar was selected for the tour of New Zealand and started his campaign off well with 3 wickets on Boxing Day in the first of two Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand. Akhtar made a return to international cricket albeit in the shorter format of the game. His father, Mohammad Akhtar, "from a hardworking economically unprivileged family of the Gujjar (kasana gotra or clan) community", who worked as a night watchman at a petrol station belonging to the Attock oil refinery, married his mother, Hameeda Awan, when she was still a teenager, and they had five children: four sons, Shoaib being the fourth after Shahid, Tahir and Obaid, followed by a daughter, Shumaila. The Shoaib Akhtar fastest ball was clocked at 161.3 km/h (100.2mph) back in 2003. In 2005, Akhtar regained his reputation as a fast bowler for his side. Stay updated on the latest IND VS AUS news, IND VS AUS updates, IND VS AUS schedule, IND VS AUS matches and more. [12] After some struggle, starting his List A career during the 1993/1994 season and his first-class career during the 1994/1995 one, he caught the eye of Majid Khan, then the chief executive of the PCB, and after a good performance for the Pakistan A team's tour of England, in 1996, he was rewarded his maiden Test cap against the West Indies, in 1997. He holds the record for bowling the fastest delivery ever in international cricket. Akhtar made his Test debut in November 1997 as an opening fast bowler and played his first One Day International three months later. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. He was first picked to play on his home ground in Rawalpindi during the 2nd Test of the West Indies 1997/98 tour of Pakistan. However the team performed poorly during the 2003 Cricket World Cup and after the tournament he was dropped from the Pakistan squad. "Exceptional circumstances" were cited including discrepancies between the instantaneous offence charges of doping that were laid and the quick delivery of a very harsh verdict. Akhtar has been involved in several controversies during his career, often accused of unsportsmanlike conduct, despite his commendations for significantly impacting games in Pakistan's favour. On this day in 2003, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar became the fastest bowler recorded in the history of cricket when he delivered the ball at 100.2 mph (161.3 km/h) – a speed … [20] He continued to bowl well in the ODI series in the absence of regular fast-bowlers, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, who were suspended by the International Cricket Council amid allegations of Spot-fixing. During the tournament, he announced that he would retire from international cricket at the end of the World Cup. Recalling an incident from the 1969 final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Hamid said that Hanif Mohammad was bowled by an out-swinging yorker on the very third ball he faced which was bowled by him. He was notably the spearhead of a depleted Pakistani bowling attack in the Peshawar Test against the visiting Australians later in 1998, where Mark Taylor scored his famous unbeaten 334 in Australia's first innings. Shoaib bowled a delivery at 161.3 kmph, against England in world cup 2003. He was subsequently selected for the ODI and Twenty20 series against England in September 2010.[19]. In September 2007, he received a ban. In July 2010, he was selected for the Twenty20 series against Australia but the selectors decided not to play him in the Test squad so that he would not get injured. In his peak, Akhtar was a terrorising prospect to face for the best of batsmen in the world and used to bowl at an impressive pace consistently. 'Beast' Anrich Nortje eyes Shoaib Akhtar's record 161.3kph after delivering fastest ever IPL ball play Bishop: Nortje has brought skill and control along with pace (2:15) [51] Even Asif chipped in saying that Akhtar was lying and that "Shahid Afridi had nothing to do with the fight", saying that "he has not apologised to me. "[56] A three-man appellate tribunal announced on 30 April that they had temporarily upheld Akhtar's five-year ban, deciding to revist the appeal hearing in June. ALSO READ | Sehwag trolls Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan bowlers in latest episode of 'Viru Ki Baithak' Former Pakistan pacer Farooq Hamid claims to have consistently bowled faster than Shoaib Akhtar … However, amongst all of them and across the world, Shoaib Akhtar is considered as the fastest bowler of all-time. Aryan Sawhney FOLLOW. [3][4] He is also the first bowler to break the 100 mph barrier, doing so twice in his career. On April 27, Shoaib burst through the 100 miles-per hour (160.9344kph) barrier with a ball registering 161kph on a speed gun operated in the ground by … In a statement issued to the press, he claimed that he could never cheat teammates or opponents. In May 2010, PCB named him in a list of 35 probables for the Asia Cup. — Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 23, 2020 Akhtar holds the record for the fastest delivery bowled in ODI cricket. Currently, Shoaib Akhtar's delivery bowled at 161.3 kph in a World Cup match against England in 2003 is regarded as the fastest ball in history. The Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar is the Fastest Bowler in history of cricket. [60], On 4 September 2008, Akhtar was sent back home from Heathrow airport by British immigration officials on visa grounds; Akhtar only had a visit visa but not a working visa, which is required to play in county cricket. Playing in a three Test home series against England, he made a series of impressive bowling performances. In 2002, he was selected for the Pakistan team against Australia and achieved a small amount of success. After a clear hearing from Akhtar's lawyer Abid Hassan Minto, the three-man committee, voted two to one in favour of the acquittal. Later on Akhtar was sacked along with other players, including Younis. ALSO READ | Sehwag trolls Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan bowlers in latest episode of 'Viru Ki Baithak'. It was followed by high-class bowling performances in Sharjah and later in the 1999 Cricket World Cup. [8] Akhtar retired from international cricket after the 2011 World Cup. ALSO READ | PCB denies offering Shoaib Akhtar any role in Pak cricket amid the former pacer's claims. Shoaib Akhtar is the current holder of the record for fastest ball delivered. [29] They were consequently pulled out from the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy. 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