Bhopal: Shoaib Akhtar, unlike his famed namesake from across the border, is a left-arm spinner. While the former Pakistan pacer loved to bamboozle opponents with his searing pace and lethal bounce, this 18-year-old likes to spin a web around batsmen.
He might be playing club-level cricket at the moment, but on Monday, Akhtar leapfrogged his illustrious namesake on at least one front as he claimed all ten wickets in an innings to equal the feat achieved by former India captain Anil Kumble and former England right-arm off-spinner Jim Laker – who did it for their national sides. Left-arm spinner Sidak Singh did the same for Puducherry against Manipur in CK Nayudu Trophy recently.
Shoaib achieved the record haul for Mayank Chaturvedi Academy against Jyotiraditya Academy on day one of their two-day BDCA U-18 selection match.
Left-arm spinner’s spell
Shoaib claimed 10 wickets in 34.5 overs. He bowled 11 maiden overs and gave away only 56 runs as the opponents were bowled out for 189 in 78.5 overs. His dismissals included 4 LBWs and as many caught behinds. He also castled a batsman while dismissed another by taking a sharp return catch.
Mansoor wants son to play for India
Shoaib’s father Mansoor Ansari is a tile setter. Despite minimal income, it was Mansoor’s dream to make his son a cricketer. “He shifted from Uttar Pradesh almost two decades ago and wants me to play for India one day,” Shoaib told DB Post.