New Delhi. Shoaib Akhtar was born on 13 August 1975 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. His childhood was spent in extreme poverty. Akhtar lived in a one-room house with his entire family and his father was a night man. Akhtar made his Test debut at the age of 22 against West Indies in 1997. He troubled the best batsmen in the world with his pace and lethal bowling. Akhtar, who excelled in bowling, was also in controversy many times due to his antics on the field.
Shoaib Akhtar holds the record for bowling the fastest ball in the history of cricket. He bowled a speed of 161.3 kmph against England in the year 2003. This ball was faced by England opener Nick Knight. This fast bowler, who played 46 Tests, has taken 178 wickets. In Test cricket, he has taken 5 wickets on 12 occasions and 10 wickets on 4 occasions. Akhtar has taken 247 wickets in 163 ODIs and 19 wickets in 15 T20 matches.