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Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar

india Updated: May 09, 2003 22:23 IST
PTI

 Date of Birth: 13 August 1975, Rawalpindi, Punjab
 Test Debut: Against West Indies at Rawalpindi in 1997/98
 ODI Debut: Against Zimbabwe at Harare in 1997/98
 Bats: Right Hand Bat
 Bowls: Right Arm Fast
 

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.

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First Published: May 09, 2003 22:23 IST