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Akhtar thankful to fans inquiring about his health

Akhtar thankful to fans inquiring about his health

Pakistan's legendary speedster Shoaib Akhtar has thanked fans, friends and family for extending support while he was undergoing a major knee replacement surgery in Melbourne, Australia. The 44-year-old’s knee surgery was conducted recently and turned out to be a success as he is currently in the process of rehabilitation.

Akhtar was overwhelmed by the response of fans who had come out in numbers to meet their hero in Melbourne and send well wishes on his way. He played in 224 international games during the course of an injury-plagued career and was part of the team that ended as the World Cup runners-up in 1999.

"I have received a lot of phone calls from people inquiring about my health. Friends, families and just random people are coming to meet me at the hospital. However, as you know it gets difficult to meet so many of you here specially during the after hours," Akhtar had earlier said in a video posted on his Twitter account.