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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins India (31 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9350294028
  • ISBN-13: 978-9350294024
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 845,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most talented and certainly one of the most colourful players in the history of cricket, Shoaib Akhtar holds the record for the fastest delivery ever, clocking in at 11.2 mph. Having taken more than 400 wickets in his international career, Shoaib has seen it all-the best matches, the most exciting tournaments, the highs and lows of personal achievement and failure. Controversially Yours is his take on the game, on his peers, on the fraught tussles between bowlers and batsmen and, of course, the institutions that control the sport, including the ICC and the Pakistan Cricket Board. From the early days of struggle to the 2011 World Cup, this is Shoaib s story in his own words, straight from the heart.

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Shoaib Akhtar is my idol, i want to be like him one day. Please do purchase this great book and i promise you will love it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I_Like_Juice on 7 Mar. 2013
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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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By sultan Sharif on 23 Nov. 2014
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deemi786 on 29 Aug. 2013
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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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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tariqmuda on 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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