Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has posted an emotional message on his social media handle and said that his ‘running days are over’. Akhtar is all set to undergo knee replacement surgery in Australia after which he may not be able to run properly. Despite retiring from the game, Akhtar has not cut down on his training and often posts videos of himself sprinting on the ground.
During his playing days, Akhtar was menacing and lethal due to the express pace at which he bowled. However, his career was marred by injuries. Before leaving for Australia, the 46-year-old took to Twitter and posted a picture of himself indulging in an outdoor activity. He gave a caption that contained a roller coaster of emotions. "My running days are over as am leaving for total knee replacement in Australia Melbourne very soon," Akhtar tweeted.
My running days are over as am leaving for total knee replacement in Australia Melbourne very soon 🥲🤞. pic.twitter.com/1sO6dHESPJ
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 21, 2021
Akhtar was one of the fastest bowlers to have ever graced the game of cricket. Nicknamed as ‘Rawalpindi Express’, he used to have a long run-up, and generated speeds in excess of 150 consistently.
Akhtar still holds the record of bowling the fastest delivery of 161.3 kph during the 2003 World Cup game. After quitting the game in 2011, the 46-year-old turned into a cricket expert.
Controversy’s favourite child also hogged the limelight for negative reasons, when he had a fallout with PTV anchor Nauman Ali. Akhtar was gracious enough and accepted the apology of Nauman on November 13.