Bang!!!! A scorching Yorker dismantled the timber behind Rahul Dravid. 100,000 people welcomed the little master only to see him getting a golden duck for the first time in his career to a Yorker which was even better than the previous one. A star was born or proved the shine it had shown in his very short career so far was a promising one – Shohaib Akhtar. Indians wondered, like they had done for so many years, on how
This was the first occasion when real pressure was built around Akhtar and he succumbed. Things hinted a change after that and with a string if injuries and avoidable incidents, next few years were more of a decline of a career which promised to raise new heights for as long a time as lightening strikes. His brilliance on the ground was displayed here and there. But they and Akhtar's appearances were more and more gaining the reputation of "far & few" and injuries were coming faster than he wanted to bowl.
A combination of age, fitness issues and politics for which
When he came to
He was seeking an alternate career in Bollywood (La Mohsin Khan) during his last tour to
Anyways, with a ban imposed on him for 5 years, he is unlikely to play international cricket again assuming PCB doesn't lick their own spit once again as they have done so often in the past and call this ban off. I also assume the news not to be the April fool pranks floating around like Tendulkar retiring or Vilas Rao Deshmukh quitting.
Interestingly, he can play in IPL. Now tell me, Dinesh Mongia or JP Yadav is not eligible to play international cricket because they are rebels in BCCI's book which ICC reads. Akhtar is such a disgrace to PCB that they don't consider him to play for
Or may be PCB takes orders from ISI who have strategically planted Akhtar in the dressing room of Knight Riders so that he can do a Mohammad Asif to India's emerging pace sensation Ishant Sharma and we are forced to go back to the biggest potential all-rounder ever Ajit Agarkar's days or relying on another emerging Agarkar in Shantakumaran Sreesanth. If that happens, PCB won't be held responsible because they have already disowned their spoilt brat.
Anyways, if this is the end of Akhtar's career it's really a sad one. It's the end of a bowler who needed nothing in terms of pitch, weather, exceptional fielding or umpires help to send batting orders packing. He had the hostility of Walsh but he lacked his honesty towards the game, he had the guile of Akram but he lacked his grit, he had the curving swing of Younis but he lacked his commitment. But he never needed the poison spitting mouths of Mcgrath or Donald like those three. In his career he just displayed glimpses of his talent but when he did, he looked like a champion and a true crowd puller. You would love to watch him bowl no matter if he is in your side, against you or you are a neutral viewer. He was a classical case of "would have been" and temperament letting down the talent or an ultimate wastage.