Cricket has seen a plethora of sensational talents, but it is hard to imagine someone who comes close to the fame of former Pakistani paceman Shoaib Akhtar. A prince of his own caste, the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ was more than just a bowler. With his aggressive attitude and sheer pace, he terrorized many batters, thus got the title of the ‘Don of Cricket’.
Recently, the cricketer turned analyst sat down with iconic actress Samina Peerzada to spill few secrets of his cricketing career. One of the questions inquired about how Shoaib started playing cricket and he responded to that via discussing his commendable journey.
The Rawalpindi born revealed that once he was only included in one team to complete the numbers. On being handled the ball, Shoaib took a long run up to which people laughed. However, as per the expectations, his first ball was a bouncer which got the better of the batter.
His elder brother spotted his talent and made him join the GHQ cricket club. At the age of 17, he appeared in a trial where legendary Zaheer Abbas selected him for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and he went to Karachi. However, he wasn’t given any sort of accommodation and financial struggles remained attached to him all the time. Then Shoaib move to Lahore as he also highlighted the famous ‘Aziz Khan – the Tangay Wala’ who let him sleep in his cart when he had no place to stay.
Then, the 44-year old impressed in the Lahore trials and eventually was fast tracked into the national team and then went on to play the 1999 World Cup. Shoaib added that his attitude was God given and he always labelled himself a star which kept him going through all the tough times.