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15 Aug 2020
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has revealed that certain tailenders would request him to avoid bowling bouncers at them. Akhtar was an express pacer who went on to break the 100 mph barrier.
The Rawalpindi-born cricketer played 46 Tests and 178 white-ball matches, picking up over 440 international scalps. At his best, Akhtar could rattle opposition batters easily.
In an interaction with Sawera Pasha on Youtube show Cric Cast, Akhtar shed light on how Sri Lanka’s spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan would plead to him not to bowl at the batter’s body.
"Muralitharan used to tell me to bowl slowly and he would move away from the stumps. He used to get out very easily."
The 45-year-old went on to narrate an incident where Mohammad Yousuf had asked the pacer to break Muralitharan’s fingers.
"Yousuf used to ask me to hit him, to break his fingers as he couldn't play him. I had bowled a couple of bouncers to Murali and he told me not to do it else he will die. He told that he was very fragile. So I used to feel shy but Yousuf wanted me to hit him."