Shoaib Akhtar was probably the most intimidating bowler to ever grace the sport of cricket. His extended run-up to the crease augmented the highly lethal pace at which he bowled and thus bamboozled many batsmen during his heydays.
Commenting upon the techniques he would have employed to dismiss modern day greats such as Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson, Akhtar sat with former cricketer Mohammad Wasim for a candid session.
Outlining his plan for Kohli, the ‘Pindi Express’ believed that the Indian skipper tends to leave his bat hanging towards deliveries wider off the stumps. Since Kohli is not too keen on playing a cut shot, this would hypothetically play to Akhtar’s advantage in drawing an edge from Kohli’s bat at his high pace.
Talking about the incessant shuffling of Smith at the crease, Akhtar stated that he would target the body of the Aussie batsman, and would be generous in his use of bouncers towards him.
Finally, expressing his thoughts on Williamson, Akhtar admitted that the Kiwi skipper would be the hardest to dismiss out of the ‘fabulous four’. This is because of Williamson’s impeccable temperament and compact batting technique that leaves no flaws to exploit.