Shoaib Akhtar

Updated: February 22, 2011 13:02 IST

Better known as 'the Rawalpindi Express', his ability to bowl fast yorkers and quick bouncers has made him one of the best fast bowlers in cricket. Shoaib Akhtar, born on 13 August, 1975 is a 35-year-old right arm fast bowler who has an intimidating and bustling run-up to the crease and consistently hits the 90 miles/hour mark. Shoaib made his International debut in 1997 against West Indies. In 1999, there wasn't a more thrilling sight in the world than Shoaib hurtling off an impossibly long run and beating the world's best batsmen for pace. Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar were clean bowled off successive deliveries at Eden Gardens. However, in September 2007, Akhtar was banned for an indefinite period for his fight with Pakistan team mate and fast bowler Mohammad Asif.

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