KRL Stadium in Rawalpindi to be renamed after the Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar

KRL Stadium in Rawalpindi to be renamed after the Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar
KRL Stadium in Rawalpindi to be renamed after the Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar

KRL Stadium in Rawalpindi to be renamed after the Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar: The Pakistan legend and speedster, Shoaib Akhtar feels “Humbled and Honoured” after the KRL Stadium in Rawalpindi being renamed after his name. The man with the lion-heart, who bowled with searing and threatening pace has truly redefined the meaning of pace bowling in his days. The man who still holds the record for the fastest delivery (161.3 kmph) ever bowled in the history of cricket even after years of his retirement, speaks volumes of his achievements. The announcement comes as a tribute to the legend for his invaluable services to Pakistan Cricket for years.

It won’t be far-fetched if we say that many of the young budding cricketers who first took the red-cherry in their hands, tried to impersonate Shoaib Akhtar’s bowling action and celebrate like him.

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One wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end when the Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar is carrying the ball in his hands, steaming in towards you with fire in his eyes. Even the thoughts of it gave shiver down the spine to the batsmen of that era. His inclusion in the playing XI was enough for the opponents to dread his name. He will inarguably be one of the fiercest fast bowler to ever grace the game of cricket.

Shoaib Akhtar had a tough journey throughout his career with grappling with injuries some time while facing controversies the other. His stats don’t do justice to his talent and the skills he bred. He made his international debut back in 1997 against West Indies and only after 14 years in 2011, he decided to hang his boots. A career that spanned over a period of a decade is phenomenal in itself, considering that he was a fast bowler.

He went on to represented Pakistan in 46 Tests, 163 ODIs, and 15 T20Is between 1997 to 2011. He has also been a part of the IPL where he played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the only season of 2008.

In 46 Test Matches- 178 Wickets

In 163 ODI’s- 247 Wickets

In 15 T20I’s- 19 Wickets

In IPL- 3 Wickets