Born on 13th August 1975, Shoaib Akhtar, also known as Rawal Pindi Express is known to be fastest bowler ever in the history of cricket. Did you know that he has bowled the fastest delivery which was officially recorded at 161.3km/h. Isnt that incredible? He was born in a small town Morgha which is near Rawalpindi in Punjab. Basically, he is from a gujjar family and his father was a plant operator somewhere near Attock Refinery. His keen interest in playing cricket can be traced to childhood days and his passion to take cricket as his career took shape in his teenage years.
Also nicknamed as Pindi Express, he is undoubtedly one of the finest bowlers of all times. He has always been compared with some of the greatest Pakistan Players which include Shahid Afridi . Did you know that he even broke the world record of being the fastest baller in a match of world cup? His Test Match and ODI match records are mindblowing. Off fjust 46 Matches in Test Matches, he took 178 wickets. Whereas, off just 165 ODI Matches, he took 247 wickets.
Akhtar made his test debut in 1997 whereas he played his first One Day International Match just 3 months after. Though he has always been involved in many controversies during his career, but his consistent performances in the career of cricket have always been an feather in his cap. He is committed to him game wholeheartedly and even today he doesn’t shy away from rigorous practicing on the crease. He holds a record in ODIs for not remaining out for 12 successive innings. Isn’t that incredible?
In 2005, Akhtar was sent home during a series against Australia because of his casual approach and poor attitude towards the game. In 2006, he got trapped in some drug scandal which tested him positive and he was alleged to have taken a drug namely Nandrolone. The ban was however lifted soon on appeal but was a bolt from blue on his shining career.
Then in 2007, he was banned again for his fight with Mohammed Asif. And just an year after, he was indefinitely banned for publicly criticizing Pakistan Cricket Board. In 2008, Lahore High Court in Pakistan suspended him for five years but he got selected in the 15-man squad for the Twenty20 Quadrangular Tournament in Canada.
Shoaib Akhtar Net Worth
Current Net worth of this Pakistan’s renowned cricketer is around 23 Million US dollars in 2017. His increased net earning can be accounted to various factors like his association with multitude brands, his consistent performances at Domestic Cricket , Club Cricket and IPL. He owns a stylistic bike namely Ducati Red Heavy Bike ,Honda CBR Fireblade,. Apart from this, he owns luxurious cars like White Parado, Honda Civic, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Mercedes Benz and Silver Turf. He owns a splendid mansion in Islamabad which has all the facilities.
Recently, Shoaib Akhtar told Pakistan Cricket Board that they have saved suspended cricketers Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan from imprisonment because it was suspected that they were allegedly involved in some sort of match fixing. They were suspended by Pakistan Cricket Board under the Anti Corruption Code , as a part of investigation which has been going for quite a time now. Further scrutinisation into international syndicate has proved that they were attempting to corrupt PSL ie Pakistan Super League which was being played in Dubai.
Undoubtedly, he is one of the incredible players of Pakistan. He is known for performing well on crease in the toughest of situations and handling the pressure well. He is an inspiration to millions of people who wish to pursue cricketing as their passion. What makes him stand out in the crowd is his sheer determination to achieve indefeasible feats in life. In a nutshell, he is an excellent sportsperson who has proved himself with upcoming years. He will be remembered as one of the greatest players in cricketing history.