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Pakistan v Australia: Shoaib Akhtar Recalls A Fiery Mantra Against Ricky Ponting, Says He Wants “Someone’s Sick”


Shoaib Akhtar played very fast in the 1999 series Down Under.© Twitter

Australia’s ongoing visit to Pakistan has been a topic of heated debate. After the first Test ended in a dull draw in Rawalpindi, the recently concluded Karachi Test added a much-needed spark to the series ahead of the final Test at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Ahead of the series decision, former Pakistan rider Shoaib Akhtar had recalled an incident involving former Australia captain Ricky Ponting during the 1999 Down Under tour. With Pakistan already trailing 2-0 by the Final Test, Akhtar said he wanted to “injure someone”.

The former Pak cricketer said he deliberately did short -pitched pass bowling because he enjoyed the bounce on offer.

“During the Test match, I thought [if nothing is happening] let’s hurt someone. That’s why I do the fastest spells. I wanted to see if Ricky could match my pace and I deliberately played bowling [to] see if I can beat him but before that I never beat him with my beat, ”Akhtar said during an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.

The 45 -year -old said if it became another batsman to replace Ponting, he would be beheaded, adding that he had great respect for the legendary Australian captain.

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“If it wasn’t for Ricky Ponting … I would have cut him [the batsman’s] go because it’s so fast. I am good friends with Brett Lee and I respect Ricky Ponting, “he added.

Akhtar, who made his debut for Pakistan in 1997, played 46 Tests, 163 ODIs, 15 T20Is, taking 444 wickets across the format.

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