Shoaib Akhtar was one of the greatest bowlers the sports has ever witnessed during the 1990s and the 2000s. The pacer was known for terrorizing the greatest batsmen of his era with raw and brutal pace. When he was at his best, there were very few batsmen in the world who could get on top of him.
Akhtar claimed around 450 international wickets for his side in his fifteen-year career. The 45-year-old has picked up 178 wickets in Test cricket. Also, Starc is the sixth-highest wicket-taker for the Men in Green in the game’s ODI format. In the white-ball form, he has scalped 247 batsmen. His battles with Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, and Rahul Dravid are ones that will be engraved in the history of cricket. But, according to Akhtar, the greatest pacer of the modern era is Mitchell Starc.
Mitchell Starc is the greatest pacer of the present era: Shoaib Akhtar
Talking about Mitchell Starc, he’s currently the lynchpin of the Australian pace attack. He is on his way to establishing himself as one of the greatest bowlers for the Aussies with the cherry in hand. Starc has already claimed 252 wickets in the whites for his country. He also has an average of just 26.75.
The Aussie bowler is currently the ninth highest wicket-taker for the Kangaroos in Test cricket. His performances in the white-ball leg have also been equally impressive. Starc has picked up 184 wickets in ODI cricket. He’s also the second-highest wicket-taker for the side in the T20I format. He has grabbed 47 wickets.
Starc also won the Man of The Tournament award in the 2015 World Cup. He was the catalyst behind Australia’s victory. The 30-year-old picked up 22 wickets in the entire tournament.
The Australian still has plenty of cricket left in him. And, just like Akhtar did in his foremost days, Starc will also continue to terrorize batsmen. With his lethal pace and the bounce that he generates off the deck, many great batsmen are already horrifying. The left-arm pacer will be seen in the third Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground, from January 7th, 2021.