Shoaib Akhtar's comments are just awesomely arrogant in this article but not in a bad way at all. He's just ultra confident at the moment, bowling well and super-quick; who WOULDN'T be arrogant? I sure would!
And good on him. He's rapidly becoming the player I most love to watch in world cricket. He was already up there but I feel myself quite drawn to watch him now. He reminds me of just how I'd love to be able to bowl; just run in there and put in 110% and scare the daylights out of the batsmen. I LOVE his attitude. Plus he's actually bowling very well to complement his pace.
Here's a little Shoaib story to relate why I think he's one of cricket's great people:
When Pakistan were here last, Shoaib had almost been rubbed out of the game for throwing up until around an hour before the game started in Brisbane. He was cleared and played and after his first over, he went to fine-leg and the crowd was applauding the fact he was there. See, although Aussie crowds can be pigs, as a general rule, we respect wholehearted performers like Shoaib and the WI of the 80's. The Aussie crowds warmed to someone like Shoaib in the Test series and were justifiably upset to see him almost missing from the team for throwing. So as he trotted up the fine-leg after that over, it was great to see the crowd cheering him, an opposition player, just because of who he was and what he'd been through. And he acknowledged it by sort-of praying in their direction as if to say "Thankyou for your support." It was one of cricket's priceless moments and how beautiful of Shoaib to do what he did.
So here's to Shoaib; likeably arrogant and a full-on, balls-to-the-wall competitor. You may not like to face him but you just can't help but love him.