Shoaib Akhtar Biography | Family | Career | Net Worth

Shoaib Akhtar Biography:

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Pakistan cricket was always a better bowling unit than a batting unit. The likes of Akram, Younis, Mushtaq created a devastating bowling attack and one of the best in the world. But, to add to the malice of Pakistani bowling, there arrived Shoaib Akhtar or as we all know “The Rawalpindi Express”. He was the fastest bowler that World cricket has ever seen.

Shoaib Akhtar Biography covers the journey of the Pakistani poster boy.

Shoaib Akhtar Family:

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He was born on 13th August 1975 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, he came from a very economically underprivileged family where his father, Mohammed Akhtar used to work as a night watchman at a petrol station. M.Akhtar married his wife when she was a teenager and had 5 kids. Shoaib Akhtar was the 4th child after his 3 brothers- Shahid, Tahir, Obaid. He also has a sister named Shumalia.

Shoaib Akhtar married Rubab Khan in 2014. He also has a child named Mohammed Mikeel who was born in 2016.

Sohaib Akhtar Biography covers his entire family details and about Shoaib Akhtar wife and his children’s details.

Key Points:

  • Shoaib Akhtar’s father’s name is Mohammed Akhtar.
  • Shoaib Akhtar is the fourth child of his parents.
  • Shoaib Akhtar has got four siblings.
  • In 2014 Shoaib Akhtar got married to Rubab Khan.

Career:

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The Pakistani bowler is the fastest bowler in the history of cricket, in the year 2003 during a pool match he records of delivering a ball around 161.3 km/h  and creates a world record, in his career he has more than 400 wickets to his name.

Early career:

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He used to be a good student and also went to a college named Asghar Mall College, but his studies got disrupted as he attended trials for the PIA team’s Karachi division in Lahore. He had travel on the roof of buses as he did not have money to travel.

After his sheer dedication and struggle, he finally got to play his first List-A season of 1993/94. And, his First-Class season in the next season of 1994/95. In his First Class days, he got noticed by former Pakistani cricketer Majid Khan, who also was the Chief Executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

He got selected to play for the Pakistan-A team’s tour of England 1996, where he performed well and finally debuted for Pakistan in 1997, as he got selected to play a Test match against West Indies.

Key Points:

  • 1993/94, Shoaib Akhtar played his first List A season.
  • The former Pakistani cricketer Majid Khan scouted him.
  • In 1996, Shoaib Akhtar played for Pakistan A team against England.

Test Career:

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He got his International cap for the first time in 1997 as he debuted for Pakistan against West Indies. The moment had arrived for Shoaib Akhtar, who had always dreamt of becoming a National Fast bowler after seeing the likes of Imran Khan in 1992 and also the Greatest Pakistani duo of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

It was not the best start for Shoaib Akhtar, but he bowled well as he picked up 2 wickets in the first innings including that of Ian Bishop as he went wicketless in the second innings as Pakistan won the match by an innings and 29 runs.

Unfortunately, he was dropped in the next Test match and got to play his second Test in Pakistan’s tour of South Africa in February 1998 where he picked up the only wicket of the Test match of Jacques Kallis. He was not able to produce a performance that would cement his place in the starting 11.

Then, in the next match only he produced a five-wicket haul as he ran past the South Africa batting line up with his pace, swing and bounce. South Africa looked flabbergasted as they had never seen a bowler running from the boundary line and creating such a dangerous pace off his action and the pitch too.

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Like most fast bowlers, he was an aggressive one too, he always had a fire in his eyes and that intimidating look and that riveting pace to which the batsman always feared. He used to sled Great batsmen with his mind-boggling pace and bounce.

But, his pace also gave him a lot of injuries and that is why he never played a huge amount of matches and picked up a million wickets. But, he rarely used to have an off day and always had a huge impact on the match.

He always liked to bowl to Ricky Ponting mainly because he was the best batsman of Australia and bowlers would love to trouble him on fast Australian pitches.

Every cricket fan would remember his deadly spell against Ponting in Perth in 1999. He nearly bowled every ball above 150kph on a fast Perth wicket, which troubled Ponting.

Pakistani bowler Shoaib Akhtar also had the ability to bowl Yorkers with a hint of swing even in Test matches. And, when a bowler with such teasing pace bowls a yorker, it becomes very difficult to even for the best batsman to play against it.

He bowled 2 brilliant Yorkers to dismiss 2 of the best Test batsman- Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar in consecutive deliveries in an Asia Test Championship match of 1999. It was a treat for every cricket fan to see such a bowler who would bully the batsmen with his heart-wrenching pace, and that was the peak in the Shoaib Akhtar Biography.

But, two of his all-time best performances were against neighboring countries Australia and New Zealand. Firstly, he was on a rampage as he picked up 6 wickets and gave away just 11 runs against New Zealand in 2002 in Lahore. And in the same year, in Colombo, he gave a nightmare to Australia as he picked up 5 wickets including that of Waugh brothers, Gilchrist and Ponting. But still, Pakistan failed to win that match due to a dismal batting performance in the Test match.

There is a saying that there is only a thin line between your biggest friend and biggest enemy, which is very apt for Shoaib Akhtar’s career. The pace which made him the fearsome Shoaib Akhtar also affected his career as it gave injuries to the fast bowling legend due to which he was hardly able to play consistent cricket. Finally, Shoaib Akhtar played his last Test match in 2007 against India where he was only able to pick 1 wicket.

Unfortunately, Shoaib Akhtar only played 46 Test matches where he picked up 178 wickets with his best performance of 6/11 coming against the Kiwis in Lahore.

Key Points:

  • In 1997, Shoaib Akhtar made his debut for the Pakistan team against West Indies.
  • In 1999, Shoaib Akhtar bowled at 150kph in Perth against Australia.
  • In Asia Test Championship, he picked up two consecutive wickets of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.
  • In 2002 against New Zealand he picked up six wickets by giving only eleven runs.
  • In 2007 Shoaib Akhtar played his last test match against India.

ODI career:

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Shoaib Akhtar Pakistan debut was made in the ODI team against Zimbabwe in 1998, soon after his Test debut. It was a decent start for the young gun as he picked up 1 wicket in his 5 overs and gave away only 10 runs.

After a good debut, he started becoming a consistent part of Pakistan’s ODI team and picked up his first five-wicket haul against New Zealand in 2001, which was an absolute treat to watch for any cricket fan.

Ricky Ponting was always the hunt for the Pakistani hunter Shoaib Akhtar irrespective of the format of cricket he was playing. In the 3rd ODI of Pakistan’s tour of Australia in 2002, at the Gabba in Brisbane, he bowled one of the fastest overs in the history of One Day cricket.

Ricky Ponting faced that over and seemed to have no clue, as he was clean bowled by a peach of a delivery by Akhtar in the final ball of the over as Akhtar bowled a wicket maiden. He also went on to pick five wickets in that match and was adjudged as Man of the Match for his outstanding bowling.

Call it a coincidence but Akhtar’s best ODI and Test match figures are against New Zealand. The man was in a different mood altogether in National Stadium of Karachi in 2002, as he picked up 6 wickets out of which 4 wickets were the ones where the stumps had gone for a walk.

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In the 2003 World cup, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar formed a wonderful team to lead the Pakistani bowling attacker and they faced the arch-rivals India in the tournament and during that match, Shoaib Akhtar and Sachin Tendulkar got involved in an argument and later in the next delivery the master blaster struck him for the six and in that tournament his performance was not that good later he got dropped from the team for his performance.

Pakistani Cricketer Shoaib Akhtar was the sole reason for Pakistan winning the first ODI as he single-handedly bowled out the New Zealand team for 122 against Pakistan’s 275 in that match. He also bowled a class spell against India in the 2004 Champions Trophy where his figures were 4/36 as Pakistan won the match in a nail-biting finish.

Shoaib Akhtar played his last ODI match on 8th March 2011 against New Zealand in the 2011 World Cup. It was not the best goodbyes for Akhtar as he gave away 77 runs in his 9 overs and picked up only 1 wicket.

Shoaib Akhtar Biography narrates he has played a total of 163 One Day International matches for Pakistan where he picked up 247 wickets.

Key Points:

  • In 1998, Shoaib Akhtar made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe.
  • In 2002 at Gabba, Shoaib Akhtar bowled one of the fastest deliveries in a single over.
  • Shoaib Akhtar got the best bowling figures against New Zealand.
  • In the 2003 world cup, Shoaib Akhtar and Wasim Akram formed a wonderful duo for his team.
  • In the 2004 Champions Trophy, Shoaib Akhtar picked up four wickets against India.
  • Shoaib Akhtar played his last ODI against New Zealand in the 2011 world cup.

T20 Cricket:

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He has played only 15 T20 matches where he picked up 19 wickets for Pakistan. Unfortunately, he was not the part of 2007, 2009 or even 2010 T20 Cricket World Cup.

Indian Premier League:

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Since the 2008 Mumbai Blasts, IPL has become just a fond memory for Pakistani cricketers. It was unfortunate for viewers of IPL as they did not get to witness the class Pakistani bowling attack in IPL cricket.

But, still, Shoaib Akhtar IPL debut was made for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008, but Sohaib Akhtar KKR career didn’t stretch more than 3 matches where he picked up 5 wickets with best figures of 4/11 against Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Key Points:

  • Shoaib Akhtar played the Inaugural season of IPL.
  • Shoaib Akhtar played three matches for KKR.
  • He picked up five wickets in those matches.

Sohaib Akhtar Retirement:

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Shoaib Akhtar 2011 world cup was his last major tournament for his country,  the Rawalpindi Express decided to hang up his boots and retire from all the formats of the game of cricket after the 2011 cricket world cup, and after his retirement, Sohaib Akhtar releases his autobiography named “Controversially yours“.

Sohaib Akhtar Post Retirement:

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After Retirement Shoaib is working as a cricket analyst and commentator. He was also the judge of the popular show “Mazak Mazak Mein” in 2016, and also appeared in many television shows in Pakistan and in India, he was the part of a popular tv Show named,” Geo Khelo Pakistani” and later in India Shoaib Akhtar in Comedy Nights with Kapil.

Sohaib Akhtar Controversies:

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Sohaib Akhtar Biography has got some blemishes with some injuries and controversies and due to their poor attitude with his teammates, in the year 2003 world cup Sohaib Akhtar got involved in a verbal conflict with the Pakistani cricketer Waqar Younis and also he got caught with the ball-tampering charges, and later in the same year “Rawalpindi Express” also handed one test match ban and two-match ODI matches for abusing with South African bowler Paul Adams.

In the year 2006, he got involved with fighting the former Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer over a fight over music on the team bus on the eve of the ICC Champions trophy.

On the 16th October in 2006 Akhtar was suspended by the Pakistani Cricket board, along with his national teammate Mohammad Asif after they both got positive for the Nandrolone, and the former Pakistani captain Inzamam-Ul-Haq also complained about Sohaib Akhtar’s drug abuse and for his foul behavior.

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Because of his Drug, Scandle Sohaib Akhtar got handed two years band from the Pakistani Cricket board and later in the next year 2007 during the T20 World cup, Sohaib Akhtar was alleged to hit his national teammate Mohammed Asif and hit him with a bat and in that Argument, Shoaib Akhtar and Sahid Afridi also get into an argument when they compared with the Pakistani legend Imran Khan.

In his personal life also Sohaib Akhtar also received some controversies in his personal life and in the early stage of his career he got involved with the Bollywood diva Sonali Bendre and some suggest that at that time Sohaib Akhtar and Sonai Bendre were in a relationship and later Shoaib Akhtar and Sania Mirza name also came up many occasions.

Key Points:

  • In 2003, Shoaib Akhtar was accused of Ball-Tampering Issue.
  • He also faces a ban for abusing South African bowler Paul Adams.
  • In 2006, Shoaib Akhtar got suspended by the Pakistani team for positive for the Nandrolone.
  • Shoaib Akhtar also hit his national team with the Bat.

 

Sohaib Akhtar Records and Achievements:

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  • He is the only bowler to date to break the 100mph speed barrier twice in his career.
  • He has bowled the fastest ball ever at a speed of 161.3kmph against England in the 2003 World Cup.
  • He is 9th in the list of Pakistan’s all-time highest wicket-takers in Test matches (178 wickets).
  • He is 6th in the list of Pakistan’s all-time highest wicket-takers in ODI matches (247 wickets).
  • Shoaib Akhtar has never been a part of Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad due to some astonishing reasons- 2007 T20 World Cup ( Hit his teammate Mohammed Asif on his thigh with a bat during a heated argument in the practice session), 2009 T20 World Cup (He was diagnosed with Genital viral- Warts and he had to pull off from the World Cup), 2010 T20 World Cup (He was not selected in the squad by Pakistan Cricket Board).
  • He was caught with ball tempering during the triangular series in Sri Lanka.
  • On 16 October 2006 Akhtar was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board, along with Mohammed Asif after they tested positive for performance-enhancing substance nandrolone.
  • Akhtar was banned for five years for violating the players’ code of conduct, The ban extended to all cricket for and in Pakistan (In 2008) But, later a conclusion was reached and he was released with a fine
  • Akhtar was on the wrong end when he tried to provoke Harbhajan Singh in an ODI in 2010 to hit him for a six. It was a nail-biting match as India required 3 runs off 2 balls and Harbhajan hit a six over mid-wicket where actually Akhtar was standing and began celebrating widely while looking in the eyes of Akhtar.
  • He was highly criticized for getting married to a girl that is 18 years younger to him after he got married in 2014
  • He was highly disappointed after Pakistan’s dismal performance in the Semi-Finals of 2011 and he created a controversy as he confessed that he was fit for the match but the management did not allow him to play and he also claimed that if he would have played that match, Pakistan would have definitely won the Semi-Final against India in Mohali
  • Shoaib revealed that Akram was responsible for delaying his debut. He also claimed that Akram was scared of him and was unwilling to take him to his team. Akram hit back at the accusations, saying Shoaib was a problem when he was an active player and remains just that even in retirement.
  • During his career, Akhtar’s aggressive bowling has left at least 19 batsmen retired hurt who have been forced to leave the field after being hit by the ball.
  • The biggest rival of Akhtar was indeed Sehwag. Sehwag and Shoaib have been battling against each other inside and outside the field. From tweets to press conference, to the game itself, the duo has been quick to respond to each other on practically everything under the sun. In 2017, the duo got into a spat, just hours before the Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan, thus continuing the legacy of rivalry between the two neighbors. All of this in good spirit, of course.

Shoaib Akhtar was and will be the fastest bowler that the game of cricket has ever produced. If it had not been for the injuries, controversies, and temper of the cricketer, he would have played a lot more matches to put batsman’s life into trouble.

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Sohaib Akhtar Net Worth:

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According to some sources we get to know that the current net worth of the former Pakistani cricketer is around  $23 million and most of his earning came from the game of cricket and many endorsements.

Shoaib Akhtar Social Media Handles:

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