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Pakistan left-arm seamer Usman Khan Shinwari has revealed that he looks up to legendary seamer Shoaib Akhtar and tries to emulate him every time he steps on the field.
Shinwari has enjoyed a lot of success in his limited overs career thus far, as he has taken 18 wickets in nine ODIs at an average of 15.27.
He has also featured in 13 Twenty20 Internationals and claimed 10 wickets at an average of 28.70.
Shinwari, who is currently playing for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League (BBL), revealed that whenever he has the ball in his hand, his aim is to bowl as fast as possible and dismiss the opposition’s batsmen.
“If there is one bowler who I consider my role model, then that is Shoaib Akhtar,” he told PakPassion. “I especially loved the way he could bowl at such quick speeds and take wickets, and that is what I am also trying to do every time I come in to bowl.
“In the game against the Melbourne Stars, I was able to bowl that 151 km/h delivery as I was feeling that my rhythm was very good. Throughout that spell, I was saying to myself to bowl at the fastest speed I could and thankfully that worked and I produced that really quick delivery.”