Shoaib Akhtarindia Updated: Jan 29, 2003 23:54 IST
Given his blistering pace, talent for showboating and film star good looks, it is no wonder Shoaib is such a huge box office draw in international cricket.
But the strongly-built paceman is more known through the cricketing world for his sheer pace rather than his skill with a cricket ball.
With the introduction of speed guns, the 27-year-old's attempts to break the 100mph barrier have been watched with eager anticipation - he finally reached three figures against New Zealand last year.
The "Rawalpindi Express" made his international debut in the 1997/98 season, but hit the big time with his performances at the 1999 World Cup.
Although a popular player, his obsession with speed has sometimes clouded his performances on the pitch, as have repeated chucking claims.
But Shoaib is still a match-winner in one-day cricket, possessing an awesome average of around 20 and best figures of six for 16.