Several players were around too. There was no match the next day so there was no breach of curfew. Shoaib walked in well past midnight in a shimmering, body-hugging shirt and jeans I am sure he would have found impossible to peel off alone. When we were introduced, he broke into conversation that seemed to be made up of six words—half of them sounded distinctly unparliamentary.
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He is the fastest bowler in the world, who set an official world record by achieving the fastest delivery when he clocked in at Having taken more than 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.
Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Register a free business account. About the Author Shoaib Akhar is a former Pakistani cricketer and fast bowler. Called the Rawalpindi Express for having the fastest ball in recorded modern cricket, his performance boosted Pakistani cricket performance in the s and he has been called a legend of Pakistani cricket.
His successes include bowling Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar off successive deliveries at the Asian Test championship match at Calcutta, and that ball was the first he ever bowled to Tendulkar.
He retired from professional cricket in , following the world cup. Start reading Controversially Yours on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The model takes into account factors including the age of a rating, whether the ratings are from verified purchasers, and factors that establish reviewer trustworthiness. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.
Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Fair enough, the book. Mainly talks about his issues with the seniors or PCB or politicians in Pakistan. He could have added more cricketing content and given us insights into what happened in certain key situations that made him Shoaib Akhtar on the field. His off the field image and personality is more or less already known to the most of us. I would have loved to know more about his one-on-one contests or the chat he had with his teammates or his captain during tough on-pitch fights and situations.
He's mentioned that he doesn't like to be on the receiving end of sympathy but it just feels like he's trying to clear his image and gain sympathy through this book. As an avid follower of cricket I liked the book 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. One person found this helpful. I was surprised I like it. He does go on about the hard times faced and his physical condition, but he does give a lot of insight into his own life and by extension into the state of Pakistan cricket in the last couple of decades.
Worth a read. Muhammad S. Its all lies and exaggeration. Like the insight of sohaib's early struggles and how he overcame them. How he has always been misunderstood. I hope he does well in his retired life n give back to cricket. I being an Indian proud of your achievements against all odds. Shoaib, After reading "Controversially yours", you have become "Gracefully ours". All the best with your future endeavors.
God bless you. Perfect document of this fast pacer's life. Indulge in the moments that he cherished and enj. Amazing collection of his endeavours. Very candid and very interesting. Compared to India where cricket is worshipped, it's a completely different scene in Pakistan. See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. 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. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again. Really it is a magnificent book a beautiful autobiography of a legend. It not only tells us about the ups and downs of the world's fastest bowler but also describes situation of cricket in Pakistan. He tells us about the hardships he's had to face since his childhood. The scene of not having even a proper house to live in as in Shoaib's childhood is heart breaking.
His parents have given their fullest to bring him up. Though a lot of senior players of Pakistan insulted him and tried to spoil his career, he never ever bothered about them. Instead he challenged them and reached his goal. As an autobiography this book is an inspiration not only to cricketers but also to each and every human. Some incidents that take place referring to PCB are shocking.
Your jaw may drop. As the title says it is a bit controversial in some cases. In some cases I do not accept his point of view, when he says Sachin and Dravid are not match winners. Sachin may not be a match finisher but he is truely a match winner and Dravid is a blend of both. Overall it is a beautiful book and is a must read for everyone.
Hats off to Shoaib for entertaining cricket fans for over two decades. You get to know a lot of things about Shoaib that you would have thought wrong. And not does this book hold some amazing things about Shoaib but also it has some true fact about a lot of other Pakistani and a few other international players. It tells us about the hardships that a cricketer has to face not only in cases of the game but also of allegations and even the injuries, being the worst part.
He tells us about a lot of other world class players from around the world like Ricky Ponting,Adam Gilchrist,Harbhajan Singh and many others. He respects Brian Lara a lot, and he loves his game.
The way he reaches the mph in Pakistan and is not recognised by the ICC and he again goes for it and achieves it is a great thing. He is one of those few people in cricket who has been loved and respected by all, including Bollywood celebrities like Salman Khan.
He being a world renowned bowler is one those cricketers who have played for the game and their country and toiled hard. The book takes you through the whole life of Shoaib Akhtar till , his childhood days, teenage and then in to the cricket turf, everything has been told with full details. However i doubt the reality of events i mean sometimes while reading a reader may encounter with feelings like how can everyone will be against to a particular person for no reason?
Shoaib Akhtar tries to clean up his image in this boom that he was all the time innocent and others didn't treated him well. So its a book which has been written in a smooth flow, i didn't get bored but was just having a feeling that few things might be tempered just to clensing up the image. This book is about struggles of every player in subcontinent strive to play for nation. And also this book will let general public now what happens behind the scenes.
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He is recognized as the fastest bowler in the history of cricket , delivering a world record top speed of Akhtar made his Test debut in November as an opening fast bowler and played his first One Day International three months later. Akhtar has been involved in several controversies during his career, often accused of unsportsmanlike conduct, despite his commendations for significantly impacting games in Pakistan's favour. Akhtar was sent home during a Test match series in Australia in for alleged poor attitude. A year later, he was embroiled in a drug scandal after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance nandrolone. However, the ban imposed on him was lifted on appeal. In September , he received a ban.