Former Pakistan fast-bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes he can make the Indian fast-bowlers a lot more aggressive and out-an-out match-winners if he is given the chance to coach them in the near future. Not one to mince words, Akhtar said that he wants to spread knowledge which he has acquired over the years.
“I will definitely. My job is to spread knowledge. What I have learned is (ilm) knowledge and I will spread it. I will produce more aggressive, fast and more talkative bowlers than the current ones who will tell-off the batsmen in a way that you will enjoy a lot,” he said on his social-media platform Helo app.
The fast-bowler, who was part of Kolkata Knight Riders back in 2008, also expressed his desire to coach the franchise if the opportunity arises in the future. When he did turn up for the franchise, the fast bowler picked up 5 wickets in the 3 matches he played and this also included a 4-wicket haul.
Remembering the 1998 series
The fast bowler also spoke about his first encounter with Sachin Tendulkar and revealed how he got to know the stature of the batsman in India. He also said that bowled as fast as he could when he first came face-to-face with Sachin and that, the Indian crowds enjoyed the battle a lot.
“I had seen him but didn’t know how big a name he was in India. In Chennai, I got to know that he was known as a god in India. Mind you, he is a very good friend of mine. In 1998, when I bowled as fast as I could, Indian public celebrated with me. I have a big fan following in India,” Akhtar said.
Sachin vs Akhtar rivalry
In the recent past, Akhtar said that Indians only speak about the six which was hit by Sachin during the 2003 World Cup, but he also enjoyed bowling a lot to the batsman. As far as the records are concerned, Akhtar dismissed Sachin thrice in Test matches and five times in One Day Internationals.
“Although, Indians only remember that one six which he hit me in Centurion [during the 2003 ICC World Cup] as it makes them really happy. They keep showing the same six. If I knew that one six can make 1.3 billion Indians so happy, I would have conceded a six every day,” he said.