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Shoaib Akhtar Net Worth, Wife Name, Age, Height, Fastest Bowler, Stats, IPL, Teams, Controversies


Shoaib Akhtar, hailing from Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan, is the fastest bowler in cricket history. Known as ‘Rawalpindi Express’, Akhtar was born on 13th August 1975.

Age 46
Height 6 feet
Wife name Rubab Khan
Fastest ball 161.3 km/h

Shoaib Akhtar

He represented Pakistan for 14 years in cricket and has now turned into a commentator to be in touch with the sport, which has earned him so much. 

He made his Test debut for the national side in 1997 and then three months later made his debut in the Greens as well. During his career, he broke numerous records and only became lethal with time, developing the reputation of unplayable and fastest bowler in the world. 

Shoaib Akhtar Net Worth

Shoaib Akhtar has earned a lot from the game of cricket. His net worth is estimated to be around 23 million USD, which is around 172 crore Indian rupees. Apart from cricket he’s indulged in various endorsements and is also a TV commentator. 

Shoaib Akhtar Stats

Shoaib Akhtar’s stats depict how good a bowler he was in his time. The pace sensation represented Pakistan in 46 Test matches and took 178 wickets in the purest format of the game. In 163 ODI matches, the right-arm pacer took 247 wickets at an economy rate of just 4.77. He also played 15 T20Is for his country and took 19 wickets. 

Format Matches Wickets Economy
Test 46 178 3.37
ODI 163 247 4.77
T20I 16 19 8.15

Shoaib Akhtar Fastest Ball in Cricket

Shoaib Akhtar created the world record for the fastest delivery in the World. The right-arm pacer in the third match of the ODI series between Pakistan and New Zealand on April 27, 2002 at Lahore bowled a 161.3 kph to batter Craig McMillan. He also became the first bowler to in the world to cross the 100 mph (160kmh) barrier.

You can see the video of his fastest ball here: 

Shoaib Akhtar IPL

Akhtar has played only 3 matches in Indian Premier League (IPL). The right arm-pacer played the marquee tournament in the inaugural edition in 2008 and after that due to political tensions between nations, players from Pakistan have missed out in recent years. 

Shoaib Akhtar played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. In the three matches played, he took 5 wickets to go with the best bowling figures of 4/11. 

Controversies and Memes 

He always hogged over the headlines for his on and off-field antics. During his career spanning 14 years, though had various achievements to his name, he often found himself in various controversies. 

Here are some controversies of Shoaib Akhtar:

  • During 2003, he had a verbal conflict with teammate Waqar Younis and as a result he was sacked from the team along with the latter.
  • During the triangular series in Sri Lanka in 2003, Akhtar was banned as he caught tampering the ball.
  • Akhtar was banned banned for two ODIs and one Test after he abused Paul Adams during match against South Africa.
  • In 2006, Akhtar was banned for two years after he was found using performance-enhancing drugs.
  • He was banned for five years in 2008 after he violated ICC players’ code of conduct.

Here are some of the memes on him:

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Ankit Jit Singh

Dream was to play cricket, but job is to serve cricket