Shoaib Akhtar Finally Reveals Truth About Famous 99 World Cup Incident [Video]

Shoaib Akhtar Finally Reveals Truth About Famous 99 World Cup Incident [Video]
Shoaib Akhtar Finally Reveals Truth About Famous 99 World Cup Incident [Video]
Shoaib Akhtar Finally Reveals Truth About Famous 99 World Cup Incident [Video]

Shoaib Akhtar, a former Pakistan pacer, was notorious for his anger during his cricketing career, and he lost his cool on multiple occasions, exchanging angry words with umpires, rival players, and even his own teammates.

“At least 30-40 times during my career, I wanted to strike the umpire in the ribs, or smack the batters on the head with a bat,” the world’s fastest bowler remarked in an interview with Sportskeeda.

During a 1999 World Cup group match against Australia, the right-arm pacer recalled one such occurrence. Akhtar said he purposefully kicked the Australian captain’s leg after his genuine appeal was knocked down by the umpire despite being plumb LBW.

“He [Steve Waugh] was out plumb at the 1999 World Cup [but the umpires rejected down the appeal].” I became so enraged that I kicked his leg. I raced into him on purpose since he was sprinting. I was quite nasty to him — he is a fantastic player, but I was in a hurry – and I shouted, ‘You should be ashamed.’ You’ve gone off the deep end.’

The Rawalpindi Express, who afterwards clean bowled the Australian captain with the fatal Yorker, also said that he was agitated and yelled at the umpire.

“I then turned to face Steve Bucknor.” ‘Have you been sleeping?’ I ripped into him. I felt like striking someone because I was so pumped up. I wanted to bite him and consume him. See, I’m furious just thinking about it. However, I had to show respect for the officials and players. I had to. I’ve had arguments with players and batters, but never with umpires. You can look at my whole resume. I’ve never misbehaved in front of the authorities.”

However, given that it was a group stage match and Rudi Koertzen and Peter Willey were on-field umpires, it’s worth noting that Akhtar may have mixed up the umpires’ names.

In terms of the match, Pakistan won by ten runs, with Waugh hitting 49 runs and Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq taking four and three wickets, respectively.

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