Legendary pacer Shoaib Akhtar has revealed an interesting incident during England’s tour of Pakistan back in 2005 involving veteran all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, which absolutely charged him up. Reflecting on that time of his career, Akhtar claimed that his place in the national side was in jeopardy due to ongoing problems with the PCB management.
However, a failed attempt at sledging by Flintoff completely lifted his spirits and fed in him the hunger to thrive against the opposition. Akhtar’s lightning-fast bowling bamboozled the tourists comprehensively as Pakistan was able to win the series 2-0. He emerged as the top wicket-taker with 17 scalps in the three-match series.
“People used to get under my skin badly at times. I have faced many problems with the management, with the batsmen. Having said all of that Freddie, I’ve got to be thankful to you. Had it not for you, my career would have long gone,” Akhtar disclosed.