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Shoaib Akhtar , Anshu Dogra
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Shoaib Akhtar has been one of the most colourful characters in the history of cricket. He is the fastest bowler in the world, who set an official world record by achieving the fastest delivery when he clocked in at 161.3 km/ph (100.2 mph) twice in the same match. Having taken more than 400 wickets in international cricket, he is a phenomenal cricketer too.
Tagged as being undisciplined, Akhtar's career has been plagued by injuries, controversies and accusations of poor attitude. Here he tells his side of the story. The early years of deprivation, the relentless self-imposed discipline, the way he played both on the cricket grounds and outside. His is also the inside story of Pakistan cricket, no holds barred: the
strange ways of the cricket board, the hierarchies and manipulations and, above all, the magic of the game itself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1569 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India (16 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4AI2PU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The hero turns... 7 Mar 2013
Well, there were no reviews for this on amazon when I bought it, so I thought I will write one.

This is a very interesting book about the bad-boy of Pakistani cricket, and if you buy this you probably are a cricket fan and know a lot about shoaib and the controversies he has been involved in.

The book starts off with him detailing his childhood, the hardships his family went through, the determination and the perseverance that he showed to rise and become the star he become and then follows on and goes over the controversies that have since surrounded him.

The first part of the book is FANTASTIC. One of the BEST first parts I have ever read. You really feel what he must have felt as he explains the miles of walks he had to endure to get to the game, the poor family he comes from, the medical problems he had. You really feel for the guy.

But as you read on you soon realize that this guy really does have a bad attitude. No matter how much he claims to be innocent , that he is a product of the environment, the more you read the more arguments you hear about. He picked fights with almost everyone, or everyone who didn't offer him "respect".

Shoaib really seriously had and still has an attitude problem. No doubt he has been an asset for pakistani cricket, and I do respect his determination and the selfless hardwork ,but one must ask that if he was constantly picking fights with people, arguing with the coaches, captains, board members and others, even during the matches ( there is a world series he talks about where NONE of the team members were talking to him- is he serious when he means that ALL 10 players were wrong and it was all their fault?) , he damaged the team spirit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful 29 Aug 2013
By M. khan
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A great insight into one of the most feared bowlers in Pakistani cricket. A great read and well worth the money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 21 Oct 2013
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Not only has the book been written by someone else but looks like quite a bit of the material is also influenced by the writer. Like Shoaib mentions that his school had no counsellor. Being a Pakistani myself, I can pretty much confirm that very very few schools in Pakistan have counsellors, so I don't know what Shoaib is trying to prove here especially when you consider his pretty low middle class upbringing? Maybe he was trying to justify his extra ordinary naughty behaviour when in school and college? A more likely explanation is that he was just acting up in an attempt to get noticed as he had desire from an early age for success, both for malarial goods, travelling and fame.

Shoaib also rightly credits Rawalpindi Cricket Club for grooming him. This club has patrons within the Pakistan Army which itself is the most merit aware institution in Pakistan.
Another aspect which helped Shoaib in his formative years is his positive outlook. He has acknowledged that he avoided people with negative outlooks on life and focused instead only on the positives. This single minded devotion to success probably also helped his chances in the cutthroat Pakistani cricket youth scene.

Shoaib comes across as a for-ever-angry-young-man, which although is a necessary state in the beginning when you are trying to make it but has to discarded when you have made it. His book is filled with stark contradictions, no one helped him but there are quite a few named by him who have helped in with their time and money in the same book; seniors never groomed him but there seem to be many seniors like Majid, Waqar and Imran encouraging him in his own words at other places in the book; BCCP never helped him but the Chairman sent him to Australia to get his suspect bowling action certified.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An "in your face", "never say die" attitude 27 Nov 2011
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Shoaib, the Rawalpindi express, is one of the best players of cricket in the game. He entertained spectators with an exceptionally high quality pace bowling (on occasions exceeding 100 miles per hour).

Shoaib had the "in your face" and "never say die" attitudes that took him to commanding heights of glory even as the same traits threw several challenges into the journey.

Shoaib had a tough time emerging from his lower middle class youth to pursue a high risk career in cricket; had a tough time in dealing with an unfair employer, a politicized cricket administration, seemingly uninspiring and often hostile coaches, captains and fellow players. Shoaib had a tough time dealing with his own fitness and his penchant for parties/girls. However, Shoaib did not have a tough time at all with just one part of his ecosystem: support and adulation from the countless number of fans not just in Pakistan but also in India and every other country that loves/plays cricket.

Shoaib provides us a lovely glimpse of middle class Pakistan in the chapters dealing with his childhood. Dad worked in a job that does not pay much but takes care of most aspects of life including education and healthcare. Mom managed the household within the limited means with dignity. Education ranked a high priority. The young boys gauged how "rich" the family was on any day by looking at the size of the knot at the end of their mother's duppatta (she stored the money in her dress!). Shoaib aspires to conform to his family ethos and yet seeks to be "free". Shoaib, by speaking from his heart, enkindles the nostalgia in most of us and inspires renewal of faith in future.

Shoaib attempts to set the record straight but is not entirely successful:
Yes, he tampered balls. His excuse: everyone did it and winning is important. Not cricket.
Yes, he partied a lot. Yes, there were girls. No, he did not rape.
No, he did not fake injuries. He genuinely suffered. His commitment to play bearing his pain with fortitude has not been appreciated.
No, Pakistan cricket administration was not supportive. One was not assured of one's place in the team unless the non-playing administrators were pampered.
Yes, the team knitted well during good days. No, the team did not knit well during bad days. On balance, there was more internal strife and hostility than esprit de corps.
Yes, there was match fixing. He did not indulge in one though he was approached.

Shoaib does not have one unkind word for India; recognizes that several of the Pakistan players (including Shoaib and Afridi) enjoy immense popularity in India and is joyous at the support his Kolkatta fans (he played for KKR in Indian Premier League) gave him.

Shoaib has been candid in commenting about fellow players in Pakistan and elsewhere. His comment about some Indian batsmen playing for their records instead of for winning the game cannot be dismissed as a biased observation. Whether unfair or not, it comes from his heart.

The one thing that I expected but did not find in the book is his state of mind, the tactical options he considered and executed and their success/failure in crucial match winning moments. He probably wanted to save it for a private briefing to aspiring pace bowlers in Pakistan so that some day when his record is broken it is done by a Pakistani for the Pakistan team.
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly controversial 29 Dec 2013
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Enjoyed reading it. Light and fast paced like Mr. Akhtar's bowling. Certain parts relating to the hardships, struggle and determination, can be very inspiring reading, not only for youngsters but also others who experience challenges in their day to day work. With all the time lost from being banned from play, there was a lot of talent wasted and more. It has a lot of practical work place lessons to be learned but one has to analyze each situation and apply it in your own context. The section relating to retired cricketers is very humbling and I am sure it holds true for a lot of cricketers from other countries as well as other professions. I will leave the controversial parts for individual readers to judge for themselves. I am sure I will read some parts, if not the whole book, again.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition 31 July 2013
By Kumar - Published on
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Excellent , was in a very good state and a pleasure to read the legends book, thanks a lot for it
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine insight into the challenges faced by young cricketers in Pakistan 22 July 2013
By HAMMAD QUDDUSI - Published on
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This book is a fine read to get an insight into the challenges faced by young Pakistan players, and how much politics is going on.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book 29 Jan 2013
By ojas - Published on
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Awesome book and a must read for someone who wants to know the truth about life of a pacemen straight from the heart. kudo's shoaib bhai...
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