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Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy has revealed that iconic Pakistan seamer Shoaib Akhtar made him question if he wanted to play cricket again.
Sammy noted that this stemmed from the incident where Akhtar nearly knocked legendary batsman Brian Lara unconscious with a bouncer during the semi-final of the 2004 Champions Trophy.
With Akhtar capable of hitting speeds over 160 kph or 100 mph, Sammy admitted that the Rawalpindi Express left a lasting impression on him.
“I was sitting and I was 19 years old next to Dwayne Bravo. I literally questioned whether I wanted to play cricket again. Shoaib Akhtar did that to me,” Sammy told The Current as quoted by Cricket Pakistan.
Akhtar represented Pakistan in 46 Tests, where he took 178 wickets at an average of 25.69.
He also featured in 163 ODIs and claimed 247 wickets at an average of 24.97.
As for his T20 International career, the 45-year-old picked up 19 wickets in 15 matches at an average of 22.73.
Akhtar also holds the record for the quickest delivery in international cricket, which was clocked at 161.3 kph (100.2 mph) during Pakistan’s match against England in the 2003 World Cup.