Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar used to work day and night for this. Akhtar used to be a fear for all the teams at that time. Akhtar said that in special training, he used to pull vehicles and trucks at night before practicing on a 26-yard pitch and bowling with old and worn balls. In this season of IPL, India’s young bowler Umran Malik bowled the ball at a speed of 157. After this it was said that soon this bowler would break Akhtar’s record. Akhtar also gave a strong reaction to this.
Akhtar used to pull the truck
He further said that at first he started running with a tire tied during training, but I felt that it was light. After this I pulled the small carts on my shoulders. There is less public in Islamabad, so I used to pull the car at night. During this I matched him with the pace of my run-up. Then I felt that the cars were too small, so I started pulling the truck.
Record was made for hard work
Shoaib Akhtar told how he used to work hard. He had put blood and sweat together in making that record. He said, ‘I used to pull the truck for 4-5 miles. When I used to bowl on 26 yards, the ball used to go at a speed of 142-143 kph, but my target was 150 kph. Then my muscles were in very good shape and I started bowling with the old, worn out ball. I was aiming to hit the wickets with those old balls. It took me two months to reach my 150 kph speed.