How did Shoaib Akhtar break 160kph barrier?

Former Test cricketer and worlds fastest bowler Shoaib Akhtar. — Reuters/File


Former Test cricketer and worlds fastest bowler Shoaib Akhtar. — Reuters/File
Former Test cricketer and world’s fastest bowler Shoaib Akhtar. — Reuters/File

The world’s fastest bowler Shoaib Akhtar has revealed the training techniques that he employed to increase his bowling speed which ultimately led him to break the 160kph barrier in ICC World Cup 2003.

Talking to Sportskeeda, Akhtar said: “I use to bowl 157 and 158kph consistently but somehow I was unable to click 160kph, but then, I started to train in order to cross the 160kph barrier.”

The Rawalpindi Express added that he had initially tied himself to a tyre and pulled it, but noted that the tyre was too light to build his muscles.

Later, during the nighttime in Islamabad, I tied myself to a small car and pulled it but this also looked light training for my body.”

Shoaib Akhtar maintained that he later planned to tie himself to a truck and pull it. This worked out, as he started training and managed to pull a truck to almost 5 miles, he added.

Shoaib Akhtar while revealing his gym training said, “I doubled my weight training for sake of building muscles in the gym. This started changing my biomechanics.”

He also managed to change his training in the nets session. “I started bowling on 26 yards pitch rather than normal 22 yards pitch and aimed to bowl at 150kph on an extended pitch” he added.

“I later started bowling with an old and torn ball on a 26 yards pitch which gradually resulted in increasing my pace.”

While recalling ICC WorldCup 2002, he said: “My teammates during ICC WorldCup 2003 told me that I’m bowling quite quick and may injure batters during the mega event. I told my fellow teammates that I will break the record for the fastest delivery which later I did during ICC WorldCup 2003”

Shoaib Akhtar holds the record for bowling with 161.3 kmph against England in the 2003 ICC World Cup.



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