Famous as “The Rawalpindi Express,” Shoaib Akhtar is a former cricketer, commentator, cricket analyst, and YouTuber from Pakistan.
This talented player is also recognized as the fastest bowler in Cricket, as he bowled at 161.3 km/h on February 22 in the 2003 World Cup against England to the batsman Nick Knight.
Likewise, he made his test debut on November 29, 1997, against West Indies. Also, on March 28, 1998, his ODI (One-Day International) was against Zimbabwe.
Besides Tests and ODI’s, he also participated and performed in the T20 game for Pakistan.
Furthermore, he also played in three English County Cricket Clubs, Somerset(2001), Durham(2003), and Worcestershire(2005). Also, he made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut on May 13, 2008.
This world’s fastest bowler also has been a part of several controversies throughout his professional career. Let’s get to know more about it in depth.
Shoaib Akhtar | Quick Facts
|Full Name||Shoaib Akhtar|
|Birth Date||August 13, 1975|
|Birth Place||Rawalpindi, Pakistan|
|Nick Names||Don, Tiger, Rawalpindi Express|
|Education||Asghar Mall College|
|Father’s Name||Mohammed Akhtar|
|Mother’s Name||Hameeda Awan|
|Siblings||Tahir, Obaid, Shahid, Shumaila|
|Age||46 Years Old|
|Height||6 feet (1.82m)|
|Weight||80 kgs (176 lbs)|
|Body Measurement||Chest of 42 inches, waist of 3 inches, and Biceps of 16 inch|
|Children||A son; Muhammaed Mikael Ali|
|Profession||Former Professional Cricketer, YouTuber, Commentator|
|Net Worth||$23 million|
|Hobbies||Listening to music, Singing, Traveling, Watching Hindi Films|
|T-shirt Number||14 for International Cricket|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube|
|Last Update||July, 2022|
Early Life & Struggle
Tiger Aka Akhtar was born on August 13, 1975, in Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan. His nationality is Pakistani, while he follows Islam. Likewise, his zodiac sign is Leo.
He is the son of his father, Mohammad Akhtar, and his mother, Hameeda Awam. Obaid, Shahid, Tahir, and Shumaila (sister) are his siblings.
A good student from the beginning, he attended Asghar Mall College. Besides his academics, he is also very good at sports.
Despite his retirement, Shoaib is still considered one of the fastest bowlers in the world. However, he had to struggle a lot through the initial phase of his career.
Akhtar was undoubtedly good in academics, but his studies disturbed him as he gave the PIA team trials. He has no money for the bus tickets.
Not to mention, he waited for the bus and traveled through a roof. After a lot of struggle, eventually, he was selected for list A career 1993/1994 and started his first-class cricket career in 1994/1995.
After the domestic league’s excellent performance, he was selected to play for the Pakistani A team in 1996.
Career Succession & Professional Career of the World’s fastest bowler
Shoaib Akhtar’s debut in the International Cricket
Regarded as one of the fastest bowlers, his international debut came against the West Indies. Meanwhile, when West Indies came to play with Pakistan in 1997/1998.
He took two wickets in the first innings on his debut test game. However, he didn’t get much more chances to show his excellence in the second innings.
Rise to Fame
Just a couple of years of his debut, he showed high-class bowling against India in 1999. Furthermore, Shoaib played well against Australia in 2002.
Besides playing with Australia, he had a significant game at Asian Test Championship. Apart from this, the Pakistani player bagged success in the 1999 Cricket World Cup.
In 2005, this magnificent player performed exceptionally well in a three-test match home series against England.
His slower deliveries and striking pace were unplayable by the English batters; not only good, but also he took 17 total wickets in the series.
Poor Performance of Shoaib Akhtar
There is no doubt that he has got both strength and speed. However, ups and downs come in everybody’s life.
In short, Akhtar failed to perform well in the 2003 Cricket World Cup, South Africa. As a result, he dropped from the team.
Career Stats, Wickets, and Records
Talking about his records, Akhtar took 178 test wickets with a bowling average of 25.69 in test matches. Meanwhile, in ODI games, Shoaib took 247 wickets with a bowling average of 24.97.
While playing with Pakistan, he won several awards, including “Man of the Match” and “Man of the Tournament.”
Club Career & Retirement
The Sultan of Cricket has played for three English cricket clubs, Somerset in 2001, Durham in 2003, and Worcestershire in 2004 & 2005.
While playing with the Durham, Akhtar had the maximum number of wickets with fabulous performances.
Apart from this, Akhtar made his IPL debut on May 13, 2008, playing with the Kolkata Knight Riders. In his debut match, Akhtar took four wickets against the Delhi Daredevils.
Similarly, the Pakistani-born retired from International Cricket after the 2011 Cricket World Cup. His last match was against New Zealand, with a 110-0 loss.
Speed Star Akhtar | Cricket Controverseries, Injuries & Drug Scandal
The mercurial and fearsome fastest bowler has also been part of controversies during his professional career.
After Pakistan’s pathetic performance in the 2003 World cup, he had a verbal conflict with the former Pakistani captain and fast bowler Waqar Younis.
Furthermore, in the 2003 series against Srilanka, he was banned for ball-tampering. The same year, Shoaib was again banned for some matches for abusing South-African player Paul Adams.
In August 2007, he used some disgusting words against Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). As a result, PCB imposed a fine of Rs 300,000 for his indiscipline and bad behavior in a cricket camp in Karachi.
Besides, he was also banned for five years in 2008 for violating the code of conduct. Furthermore, in the 2009 ICC World CupT20, he was dropped from the Team for genital viral warts.
In the year 2004, he has suffered a back and wrist injury while playing against India. Again in 2005, he suffered from a hamstrings problem and was sent back to Pakistan.
Apart from this, he also underwent knee and ankle injuries, which forced him to undergo surgery in Feb 2006.
Akhtar and Mohammad Asif were both suspended in 2006 by PCB. The reason being they both tested positive for using nandrolone.
Later in 2007, the case was dropped, and they both were allowed to play.
Pakistani Pacer | Age, Height & Physical Status
As of August 13, 1975, Shaoib’s age is 46 years old. Nevertheless, he has a good height of 6 feet, which is around 1.81m.
The former athlete intakes a lot of protein and limits his fat to maintain a balanced diet. Also, his billed weight is 80 kgs, which is 176 lbs in pounds.
Similarly, Akhtar has an athletic body with body sizes are chest: 42 inches, waist 32 inches, and biceps 16 inches, conversely. Moreover, he has fair skin with black eyes and black hair color.
Besides his physical status, he wore jersey number #14 for the Pakistan team. And also the same jersey number for the IPL team.
Shoaib Akhtar | Personal Life, Wife, Married & Kids
The legendary figure, Shoaib Akhtar, is a married man. He celebrated his marriage with Rubab Khan on June 25, 2014. They together have a son, Muhammaed Mikael Ali.
Currently, they both are enjoying their married life. So it seems there is no separation issue between the lovely couple at the moment.
Besides Cricket, he loves traveling along with his family, wife, and children. The Pakistani-born loves football. He is an avid fan of Christiano Ronaldo.
Who is Shoaib Akhtar’s Wife?
Rubab Khan was born on June 23, 1994. Her place of birth was Khyber, Haripur District. Currently, she is 27 years old.
Talking about her more, Khan completed her intermediate from Abbottabad. Further, she has not enrolled in any University for further studies.
The Pakistani pacer’s wife works as a homemaker now. However, she belongs to a wealthy family. Her father, Mushtaq khan, is a prominent business personality of Pakistan.
The former Pakistani cricketer wife has an average height of 5 feet 6 inches, around 1.65m. The color of her hair is black, and so are her eyes.
Other Endeavors of Shoaib Akhtar
Besides playing Cricket, he also works as a commentator and cricket expert. He worked as a Hindi commentator in several important matches, including IPL, Pakistan Domestic & National Game, Pakistan T20 Super League, and many more.
Pakistani speed-star also has a YouTube channel entitled “Shoaib Akhtar aka the Rawalpindi Express.” He has a massive of subscribers on his YouTube channel, which is around 2.5 million.
He recently interviewed Ravi Shastri and talked about the future of Cricket. In addition to all this, he released his autobiography, Controversially Yours, after retirement from his International Cricket.
How rich is Rawalpindi Express?- Net Worth and Income
Shoaib Akhtar is one of the richest players among the Pakistani and Asian cricketers. His earnings can be accounted for from various sources, including commentator, cricket expert, and YouTube channel.
Apart from this, he bagged several cash prizes had endorsement earnings during his professional career. His total career income boosted his net worth. The YouTube channel also paid him around $77.6 to $466 k annually.
Furthermore, Pakistani fastest bowler, Akhtar, has an estimated net worth of $23 million, which is 163 crore INR.
Apart from this, he is fond of luxurious cars and bikes. His bike and car collection include White Parado, Honda, Land Cruiser, Silver Turf, Mercedez Benz, Ducati Heavy Bike, and Honda CBR Fireblade.
Besides his cars and bike collections, he has a world-class mansion in Islamabad, having all facilities.
Social Media Presence
Without a doubt, he is the fastest bowler in the history of international Cricket. There are several of his fans and followers around the world who want to meet him.
However, you can meet him directly. Differing from this, one can follow him on social media posts.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who threw the fastest ball in Cricket?
Shoaib Akhtar bowled at 161.3 kph in a World cup match against England.
What is Shoaib Akhtar’s bowling speed?
The cricketer’s bowling speed is 161 kph. Moreover, he is referred to as the fastest bowler in international cricket history.
Has Shoaib Akhtar written a book?
Back in September 2011, Shoaib Akhtar had written his autobiography — Controversially Yours.
In the book, the Pakistan speedster has confessed to having tampered with the ball and also questioned the class and temperament of India’s batting icons, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. Indeed, this did cause a controversial ground for him.
Does Shoaib Akhtar have a daughter?
No, the former cricketer is the father to his only child and son, Muhammaed Mikael Ali.
What is Shoaib Akhtar’s hairstyle like?
Shoaib Akhtar used to have long hair back in the days; however, he now has medium-trimmed hair. As much as he is known for his games, he is also well-known for his humorous side.
He did joke to say that he was envious of Afridi’s voluminous hair back in the days.