KARACHI: Pakistan’s former speedster Shoaib Akhtar responded to Michael Clarke’s praise for his pace bowling.
While reacting to ARY Sports’ story on Clarke’s statement, Akhtar said Clarke was one of the best he played against. “Clark himself one of the best I’ve played against,” he wrote.
Clarke was quoted saying to Uncensored Podcast, “Shoaib Akhtar was the fastest I faced. He could bowl 160 [kmph]. Different type of bowler, who could bowl quick for three overs. Flintoff was quick for 12 overs. Lee was quick. Shoaib was quicker. Shaun Tait, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie were fast. But Shoaib Akhtar was the fastest.”
It must be noted here that Akhtar is still considered one of the fastest pacers in cricket history. In 2003, the ‘Rawalpindi Express’ bowled fastest delivery of 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph), in an ODI against England – a pool match during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.