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'Can't go from being Bhuvneshwar to Akhtar, it's impossible': Pathan

PUBLISHED ON JUN 08, 2021 07:04 PM IST
  • Irfan Pathan said it would be impossible for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who can swing the ball both ways, to suddenly become an out and out fast bowler like Shoaib Akhtar, who in his playing days was regarded as one of the fastest bowlers of the world.
Shoaib Akhtar (L), Mohammed Amir (R)(HT Collage)
Shoaib Akhtar (L), Mohammed Amir (R)(HT Collage)

'Papa Mickey Arthur will not always be there to safeguard him': Akhtar on Amir

UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2021 07:35 AM IST
Former legendary pacer Shoaib Akhtar asked Mohammad Amir to 'grow up' and said the only way for a player to prove himself is to perform.
Michael Clarke: File Photo(Getty Images)
Michael Clarke: File Photo(Getty Images)

Lee, Tait or Akhtar? Clarke names the fastest bowler he has faced

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2021 11:59 AM IST
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke said that Shoaib Akhtar was the fastest bowler he has faced in his career. He maintained although several Australian bowlers were quick but Akhtar was the fastest among all.
Shoaib Akhtar: File photo(Screengrab)
Shoaib Akhtar: File photo(Screengrab)

‘Don’t play this type of cricket, this isn’t anyone’s uncle’s team’: Akhtar

UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2021 09:01 AM IST
Akhtar lashed out at the Pakistan team’s think tank for not making the right selections. He also asserted that if the players continue to play ‘this way’, the team will keep on getting negative results.
Robin Uthappa shakes hands with Shoaib Akhtar after India won the first ODI of the 2007 series. (Getty Images)
Robin Uthappa shakes hands with Shoaib Akhtar after India won the first ODI of the 2007 series. (Getty Images)

'If you do that again, you might get a beamer': When Akhtar warned Uthappa

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2021 04:00 PM IST
  • In 2007, Shoaib Akhtar had an episode with Robin Uthappa, as narrated by the India batsman himself, which was rather unforgettable.
Shoaib Akhtar (left) and Shaheen Afridi (right).(HT collage)
Shoaib Akhtar (left) and Shaheen Afridi (right).(HT collage)

Shoaib Akhtar believes Shaheen Afridi need not be rested

UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2021 04:13 PM IST
  • Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar said that bowling legends like Imran Khan and Wasim Akram used to bowl more overs in the net than Shaheen in recent time
Shoaib Akhtar has been vocal about IPL not going ahead this year. (Getty Images)
Shoaib Akhtar has been vocal about IPL not going ahead this year. (Getty Images)

'If they don't make money for a year, what trouble will they get into?'

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2021 03:31 PM IST
  • Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is in agreement with the BCCI's decision to suspend IPL 2021 indefinitely, believing it's not the right time to stage the tournament given what is happening in India in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Shoaib Akhtar says ‘spirit of game was hurt’, slams match-referee over Fakhar Zaman’s run-out(HT Collage)
Shoaib Akhtar says ‘spirit of game was hurt’, slams match-referee over Fakhar Zaman’s run-out(HT Collage)

'Spirit of the game was hurt, de Kock shouldn’t do it deliberately': Akhtar

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2021 07:15 PM IST
In the latest video on his YouTube channel, former Pakistan pace legend Shoaib Akhtar called De Kock’s act against the ‘good spirit of the game’.
File image of Shoaib Akhtar.(Freelance Photo by Yogen Shah)
File image of Shoaib Akhtar.(Freelance Photo by Yogen Shah)

'He may become fastest to get 100 wkts': Akhtar's prediction for India spinner

UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2021 10:04 AM IST
India vs England: On the third day of the 4th Test, the 27-year-old Axar Patel registered his 4th five-wicket haul as India bowled out England for 135, and won the match by an innings and 25 runs.
Shoaib Akhtar.(Screengrab)
Shoaib Akhtar.(Screengrab)

No one should have a doubt about PCB's incompetence: Akhtar on PSL postponement

UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 01:19 PM IST
  • Akhtar requested the honourable courts and the Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to look into the matter as according to him, it had damaged the reputation of Pakistan cricket.
Fawad Alam walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the second day of the first cricket test match between Pakistan and South Africa at the National Stadium, in Karachi(AP)
Fawad Alam walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the second day of the first cricket test match between Pakistan and South Africa at the National Stadium, in Karachi(AP)

‘Who’ll be answerable for not selecting him all these years?’

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 09:27 PM IST
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has asked who will be held responsible for the omission of the dynamic batsman from the national side.
Wasim Akram congratulates India on Test series win Down Under(HT Collage)
Wasim Akram congratulates India on Test series win Down Under(HT Collage)

Haven’t seen a bold & brave Asian team on a tougher Australia Tour: Wasim Akram

By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 12:00 PM IST
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram lauded India’s show Down Under, stating that he hadn’t seen a bolder and braver Asian team tour Australia than this one.
Ajinkya Rahane bats in Sydney(Getty Images)
Ajinkya Rahane bats in Sydney(Getty Images)

If India win the series from here on, it will be a big, big victory: Akhtar

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 07:19 AM IST
  • India vs Australia: Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Akhtar believes that if India manage to win the series despite all the odds, it would be huge victory for the tourists.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, left, shakes hands with Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan following play on day four of the second cricket test between Pakistan and New Zealand at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Jan 6. 2021. New Zealand defeated Pakistan by an innings and 176-runs to win the test two test series 2-0.(AP)
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, left, shakes hands with Pakistan's Mohammad Rizwan following play on day four of the second cricket test between Pakistan and New Zealand at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Jan 6. 2021. New Zealand defeated Pakistan by an innings and 176-runs to win the test two test series 2-0.(AP)

‘Whenever Pakistan play Test they’ll be exposed, they are playing school-level cricket’: Shoaib Akhtar

New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 02:32 PM IST
Expressing his disappointment over Pakistani bowlers, Shoaib Akhtar, in the latest video shared on Twitter, slammed PCB for naming ‘average players’ in the national team.
Photo of former Indian captain MS Dhoni and former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar(Twitter)
Photo of former Indian captain MS Dhoni and former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar(Twitter)

Shoaib Akhtar comes up with heart-winning reply when asked to describe MS Dhoni

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 03:50 PM IST
During the candid conversation with the cricket fans, Akhtar answered many questions and won hearts with his responses.
File image of Shoaib Akhtar.(Getty Images)
File image of Shoaib Akhtar.(Getty Images)

Fan asks Akhtar to pick between Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, Shoaib doesn’t hesitate to make his choice

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 07:54 AM IST
Akhtar was doing a Q&A session on Twitter when one fan asked him to name the best all-format batsman of the world currently.
Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif in 2006(Getty Images)
Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif in 2006(Getty Images)

‘Shoaib Akhtar and I looked at that Indian team and said to each other ‘how will we get them out’’: Mohammad Asif recalls Karachi Test 2006

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 12:58 PM IST
Asif, playing only this third Test, picked up seven wickets in the match to help Pakistan hammer India by 341 runs. It was a team that boasted the Fab Five of Indian cricket – Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.
Jasprit Bumrah in his bowling stride.(Getty Images)
Jasprit Bumrah in his bowling stride.(Getty Images)

‘This thing used to be the art of Pakistanis’: Shoaib Akhtar explains why Jasprit Bumrah is going to be the ‘most unusual but great fast bowler’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 09:05 AM IST
Akhtar has said that Bumrah uses a tactic that former Pakistan pacers Wasim Akram, Akhtar and Waqar Younis used to do.
Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Siraj.(Getty/Reuters)
Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Siraj.(Getty/Reuters)

It shows the faith India has on their players in the dressing room, regardless of caste, race and creed: Akhtar heaps praise on Mohammed Siraj

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 09:44 PM IST
Shubman scored 45 and 35 in the two innings while Siraj picked up 5 wickets in the Test. A lot of plaudits have been given to India for their ability to fight back from a tough defeat.
Players of India and Australia react after the end of the second Test.(Getty Images)
Players of India and Australia react after the end of the second Test.(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: ‘Who would’ve thought 10-15 years ago that India will hammer Australia,’ Shoaib Akhtar wishes to see a ‘series full of clashes’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2021 03:31 PM IST
India vs Australia: Akhtar stated that the character shown by Indian players under Rahane’s ‘cool’ captaincy is unparallel and praised them for bouncing back from the defeat in Adelaide.
Photo of former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar(Twitter)
Photo of former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar(Twitter)

India vs Australia: ‘India have beaten Australia like how you beat up a person in a sack’, Shoaib Akhtar hails India’s win in Melbourne

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 08:22 AM IST
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Akhtar said that this success is ‘making all the noise’ for a calm and composed Rahane.
Shoaib Akhtar(Screengrab)
Shoaib Akhtar(Screengrab)

‘You named an IPL team not a world XI’: Shoaib Akhtar slams ICC for not including Pakistan players in T20I team of the decade

New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 09:19 AM IST
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Shoaib Akhtar launched a scathing attack on ICC, terming their ‘ T20I team of the decade’ an IPL XI instead of being a world cricket team. Akhtar’s comments came after ICC did not include any Pakistan player in their team which was announced on Sunday.
Virat Kohli leads India off the field after their 8-wicket hammering.(Getty Images)
Virat Kohli leads India off the field after their 8-wicket hammering.(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: ‘I rubbed my eyes and saw carefully,’ Shoaib Akhtar lashes out at India’s ‘disgraceful’, ‘terrible’ batting

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 04:55 PM IST
India vs Australia: Akhtar revealed how at first, he could not believe that India had posted such a low total and it was only after realising that it in fact was 36/9.
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir(Twitter)
Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir(Twitter)

‘Give Mohammad Amir under me and see the wonders’: Shoaib Akhtar offers help to recently-retired Pakistan fast bowler

New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 08:41 AM IST
Former Pakistan cricketers Shoaib Akhtar and Ramiz Raja reacted after Mohammad Amir announced his decision to retire from international cricket complaining of ‘mental torture’.
The Indian cricket team celebrates a wicket.(Getty Images)
The Indian cricket team celebrates a wicket.(Getty Images)

‘The anger they should have vented out, they didn’t’: Shoaib Akhtar feels India should have beaten Australia 3-0 in T20s

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 12:40 PM IST
India vs Australia: After winning the first two games of the T20 series, India clinched the series, but in the final game, could not chase down 187, a target that Shoaib Akhtar believes was chaseable.
File image of Shoaib Akhtar.(Freelance Photo by Yogen Shah)
File image of Shoaib Akhtar.(Freelance Photo by Yogen Shah)

‘Behave yourself’: Shoaib Akhtar reacts after NZ Cricket gives ‘final warning’ to Pakistan Cricket team over Covid-19 protocols breach

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 12:33 PM IST
Akhtar, in a video, slammed NZC for their remarks and said that Pakistan is not a club team that can just be sent back before the start of the tour.
Shoaib Akhtar(Twitter)
Shoaib Akhtar(Twitter)

‘When I started playing cricket, was told to take drugs to bowl fast,’ reveals Shoaib Akhtar - Report

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 02:41 PM IST
Nicknamed ‘the Rawalpindi Express’ because of his fast deliveries, Shoaib Akhtar also suffered numerous injuries to his career. In a recent interview, Akhtar revealed that he was asked to take drugs to bowl at 100 mph when he started his career, but he refused to do so.
Inzamam-ul-Haq picks Tendulkar’s ‘best innings’(HT/Getty Images)
Inzamam-ul-Haq picks Tendulkar’s ‘best innings’(HT/Getty Images)

‘I’ve never seen Sachin bat like that before’: Inzamam-ul-Haq picks Tendulkar’s ‘best innings’

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 08:22 AM IST
Inzamam’s comments came when India off-spinner Ravichandran asked him about that particular knock of Sachin in Centurion, South Africa.
File image of Shoaib Akhtar.(Getty Images)
File image of Shoaib Akhtar.(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: ‘If Aussies act wisely, they should produce pace-friendly wickets for India,’ says Shoaib Akhtar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 09:19 AM IST
Australia should produce fast and bouncy wickets for the series as it will help their potent pace attack, feels Akhtar.
Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar.(Yogen Shah)
Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar.(Yogen Shah)

India vs Australia: ‘But if their middle order doesn’t perform...’ - Shoaib Akhtar weighs in on why Team India could struggle down under

Hindustan Times | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 05:39 PM IST
Ind vs Aus: Kohli’s absence will make India’s job tougher but former Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar believes India does have the ability to win a Test series again down under.
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