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Thread: Akhtar-Supreme Fast hotshot or Too much talk??

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    Akhtar-Supreme Fast hotshot or Too much talk??

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    Yes, at times.

    I wish we had speedguns when Jeff Thompson was around, most people agreed that he bowled in excess of 180k/ph.

    YouTube - Jeff Thomson bowling I

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    Sorry to say looking at those videos, he doesnt seem nowhere nearly as quick as shoaib in his prime.

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    I reckon the 180km/h is total bull. 160 max.
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    Akhtar was pretty good when on song was pretty good 7-9 years back. He has had his brief (very brief) moments but has generally been below par through a spate of injuries and controversies. A waste of talent, if ever there was one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mohammad16 View Post
    Sorry to say looking at those videos, he doesnt seem nowhere nearly as quick as shoaib in his prime.
    One of them he had been on his arse drinking beer for 6 months or however long and just come back and bowled 147kph+. He was clocked at over 160kph when he was playing, and I reckon he surely beat that pace in games, when he wasn't being clocked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    I reckon the 180km/h is total bull. 160 max.
    Well if he is timed at 160k/ph he would have easily got higher than that in some balls in his quickest spells in games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakester1288 View Post
    Well if he is timed at 160k/ph he would have easily got higher than that in some balls in his quickest spells in games.
    But 20km higher? Unlikely, 165-8 would be near his fastest ever IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    But 20km higher? Unlikely, 165-8 would be near his fastest ever IMO.
    I reckon he might have cracked 170. Definitely hit 165.

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    160 must be close to the human limits. 165, on super human days. 180? no chance...

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    akhthar had great pace and aggression. wish he had more love for the game. could easily have been among the best fast bowlers of all time if he had wanted to be, like a wasim or a waqar. instead he wanted to be a superstar and sqaudered all the natural talent.

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    I reckon IMO,when he really loved bowling he was as good as anyone, when he was playing to prove a point or to prove that he is fit, he was average.

    But I don't really understand him tbh.

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    I think his being a **** has led to his bowling being very underrated. There's very few bowlers with a record in the 2000s matching his. I would say he was a world-class player with the potential to be an all-time great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    I think his being a **** has led to his bowling being very underrated. There's very few bowlers with a record in the 2000s matching his. I would say he was a world-class player with the potential to be an all-time great.
    This. He was very quick indeed and could bowl a pretty mean swinging yorker, bouncer and slower ball. Good attributes for a quick bowler.

    That said, if I played in the same team as him and I'd forgotten my box, I'd bat without one rather than borrow his

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    Akhtar-Supreme Fast hotshot or Too much talk??

    Both.

    He has been a fast (lets forget 'supreme') bowling hot shot sometimes and is Too much talk all the time

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