Mumbai: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar revealed that legendary Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was scared to face his tempo. Akhtar has claimed that Muralitharan used to ask him to bowl sluggish to him.
The previous speedster mentioned that many Indian tailenders had been additionally petrified of his tempo and requested him to do not hit them.
“There have been many who advised me to not hit them. Muralitharan was one. Many Indian tailenders would inform me ‘don’t hit us, we now have households’. Muralitharan would ask me to bowl sluggish, and he would get out.
“Yousuf would ask me to hit him. He would say ‘break his fingers I can’t play his spin’. I bowled Muralitharan a number of bouncers however he mentioned ‘don’t do that to me I’ll die if the ball hits me’,” Akhtar advised Pakistani presenter Sawera Pasha on her Youtube present ‘Cric Forged’.
Akhtar has recorded the quickest ball within the worldwide cricket – 161.3km/h or 100.2mph towards Nick Knight of England.
The Rawalpindi Categorical additional recalled an incident when he inform the previous South Africa batsman Gary Kirsten to not try the pull however the southpaw did not listedn and was hit laborious.
“I had advised Gary to not try the pull towards me. I stored telling him don’t attempt it towards the world’s quickest bowler. However he didn’t hear and was hit actually laborious. Each time he meets me he factors in the direction of his eye,” Akhtar mentioned.
Just lately Akhtar mentioned that Indian batting nice Rahul Dravid was a troublesome proposition for him to bowl. Akhtar mentioned that Dravid’s dedication and talent meant that the latter might play him fairly simply.
“Dravid was a troublesome and decided batsman. It was troublesome for me in addition to him. He would play me fairly simply,” mentioned Akhtar on former India batsman and commentator Aakash Chopra’s YouTube present AakashVani.