Shoaib Akhtar, a former fast bowler for Pakistan, is widely regarded as one of the sport’s fiercest pacers. With a 161 kph delivery against New Zealand in 2002, Akhtar holds the record for the fastest delivery ever bowled in international cricket. For a significant portion of his career, he regularly reached speeds over 150 kph. However, Akhtar experienced numerous fitness setbacks before deciding to end his international career in 2011.

Akhtar recently asserted that if he had maintained his fitness throughout his career, he would have been the “greatest ever” in an interview with The Guardian. Akhtar claimed to the English newspaper, “Had I been the fittest guy, I would’ve been the greatest ever.”

Throughout his career, Akhtar struggled with knee problems, and as of early this year, more than 11 years after his international retirement, the former Pakistan pacer is still having issues with his knee. Despite having knee surgery recently, Akhtar insisted that he had no regrets about the efforts he made while playing for his country.

“Shoaib, you seem to be in a lot of pain right now, my doctor just said to me. Let me know one thing. How much was it worth? “Doc, every second of it,” I exclaimed. “It was so worthwhile,” said Akhtar.

In his 14-year international career, the legendary speedster played for Pakistan in 46 Tests, 163 ODIs, and 15 T20Is. Akhtar has gotten into commentary and broadcasting since he retired, in addition to managing his own YouTube channel.

On December 1, Pakistan will resume play when they welcome England to Rawalpindi for the first Test of the three-match series. This is England’s first Test tour of the country in 17 years; in their last series in 2005, Akhtar starred with a brilliant outing in the three Tests, taking 17 wickets.