Saturday, 24 September 2011

Shoaib Akhtar bowls himself

He rolled his pupils, adjusted his shiny grey collar, unbuttoned his tuxedo, flashed his shiny-teeth grin and whispered through the famous fish-lipped pout: “I don’t kiss and tell.” This, when asked about his numerous flings. As the audience cackled, Shoaib Akhtar winked Bollywoodesquely and folded his pudgy palms in a clasp. And then, without the metaphorical kisses, he told like he never told before.

On the day his tell-all autobiography, aptly titled Controversially Yours, hit bookstands at Rs 499, Akhtar came unplugged at a city hotel in true Akhtar style, reverting to his famous ‘I runs fasts, I bowls fasts’ days to advertise his wares.

“Everybody match-fixes, tell me one country that doesn’t,” he said. “Ball tampering is a common and rampant art, I learnt it from my heroes Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.” “Sachin Tendulkar was scared of me, I could smell his fear when I ran in to bowl.”

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