Australia are touring Pakistan after 24 years, and the visitors were on the verge of winning the second Test, but special knocks from Babar Azam, Abdullah Shafique, and Mohammad Rizwan saved the game for the hosts. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar recently recalled his fiery fast bowling to Ricky Ponting in the Perth Test in 1999.
Pakistan were trailing in the series 0-2, and Akhtar wanted to win one of the Test single-handedly. The bouncy Perth track was suitable for his style of bowling.
“During the Test match, I thought of hurting the batters,” Akhtar said in an interview with Sydney Morning Herald.
“That’s why I bowled the fastest spell. I wanted to test Ricky Ponting as I had never beaten him with my pace. Had it not been Ricky Ponting … I would have chopped his [the batsman’s] head off because it was furiously fast.”
He also recalled his first-ever series against Australia – in 1998, the last time the Kangaroos had visited the sub-continent country before the ongoing tour.
“They loved my aggresion as they thought I am a Pakistani who is like them. I gave it to them in 2005 series. I have a figght with Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden. It was verbal and not physical. However, Australians are soft now. I don’t know why but I like aggressive characters. I’ve been best of friends with Brett Lee and I respected Ricky Ponting..”