Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is one of the most feared bowlers of all time. His aggression matched with his raw pace sent nightmares to the batsmen during his playing days. He has time and again picked battles with opposition cricketers both on and off the field. Recently, Akhtar showered heaps of praise on former India skipper Sourav Ganguly.
Pakistan have a rich history of producing world-class fast bowlers and Akhtar carried the tradition forward. Bowling at a raw pace, the Rawalpindi Express has terrified batters all across the globe. He also is the record-holder of the fastest ball ever bowled in the history of the game.
Akhtar heaps praise Ganguly
While Shoaib Akhtar has been a sharp critic of Indian cricketer, he holds massive respect for Sourav Ganguly. He has time and again expressed his gratitude for the legendary cricketer. The former India cricketer had also hailed the Pakistani speedster in the past.
Meanwhile, Akhtar’s love affair with the BCCI President and Kolkata Knight Riders dates back to 2008. Shoaib Akhtar played under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League.
“I welcomed any opposition because i was determined to see the battle through. One of my toughest opposition was the man himself @souravganguly. Not only a tough opposition but a great captain having played under his leadership for @kkriders,” Akhtar wrote along with a picture of him and Ganguly during their playing days.
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I welcomed any opposition, because i was determined to see the battle through. One of my toughest opposition was the man himself @souravganguly. Not only a tough opposition but a great captain having played under his leadership for @kkriders. #rawalpindiexpress #worldsfastest #161.3 #pakistan #india #shoaibakhtar #pace #cricket #100mph #cricketer #pakistanvindia #greatmemories
Meanwhile, recently Shoaib Akhtar targetted BCCI after ICC postponed the T20 World Cup in Australia. The decision opened doors for the Indian cricket board to host the 13th edition of the IPL. The tournament will take place in the UAE from September 19 owing the rise in COVID-19 cases in India.
Sourav Ganguly, who is currently the BCCI President, is busy with all the logistics and finalising the last-minute details of the tournament.