Never beaten him with my pace, 161.3 kph Pakistan legend Shoaib Akhtar on batsman who was not scared of anything

Pakistan great Shoaib Akhtar said he had never beaten Ricky Ponting with his pace

Shoaib Akhtar: “I had never beaten him with my sheer pace”

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Pakistan seamer Shoaib Akhtar said he had “never beaten” legendary Australia captain and batsman Ricky Ponting with his “sheet pace”.

The Rawalpindi Express still holds the record for the fastest ball bowled in international cricket at 161.3 kph during his side’s match against England at the 2003 World Cup, but when recalling his battles with Ponting, he was remembering Pakistan’s Test series in Australia in 1999.

“I had never beaten him with my sheer pace,” he was quoted as saying by the Brisbane Times.

Australia won the three-Test series 3-0 and all of Ponting’s runs came in the third Test as he scored a sparkling 197, which came off 288 balls and included 22 boundaries.

He made three ducks prior to that innings and Akhtar even trapped him lbw in the first Test in Brisbane.

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4 thoughts on “Never beaten him with my pace, 161.3 kph Pakistan legend Shoaib Akhtar on batsman who was not scared of anything

  1. Ponting was an exceptional batsman of fast bowling. His pull shot is one of the best you will find in the history of cricket. Very aggressive and phenomenally successful.

    • Why is Sunil Gavaskar not listed? He was certainly better than quite a few of those listed, Richard’s was always on the side with the BEST bowling, in addition, he batted 4th or 5th when the shine was already off of the ball. The great Sunil Gavaskar opened the batting for India and had to face all of the West Indies bowlers in their prime alo g with the great Dennis Lillie and Jeff Thompson. There is no co.pariso between the talent of Sunil Gavaskar and the others. This comment coming from a West Indies (Guyanese) cricket fan of the 70s.

      • Obvious you have never seen viv Richard bat or even heard of him . He started out batting at #3 and in some case open.

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