London: England cricketer Liam Plunkett lately jogged down the reminiscence lane and spoke concerning the ‘frightening’ second he got here up towards former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar on his Test debut.
Plunkett additionally said that regardless of being teammates with Akhtar at Durham in County Cricket, the Pakistani pacer despatched throughout a threat once they got here face-to-face throughout his first match within the longest format for England.
“Frightening stuff… in county cricket, I was first-change to Shoaib and Harmy. I was at slip for Harmy and leg-slip for Shoaib. I faced Shoaib Akhtar in my first-ever Test match,” Plunkett stated whereas talking to The Broken Podcast as per Wisden.
“Because I played with Durham before that, I was marking my run up before the Test and he just smiled and said ‘I’m gonna kill you’ and laughed.”
Plunkett was talking about England’s third Test of the 2005 collection in Lahore, the place he got here out to bat within the 78th over of the primary innings because the guests have been seven down for 249.
He confronted two balls from spinner Danish Kaneria and the subsequent over belonged to Akhtar, who was steaming down and bowling in extra of 90 mph persistently as per Plunkett.
“I remember it like it was yesterday because I had my bat, at that time – you think (now) these bats are so thick and stuff – but it was Kashmir willow, it was real thin,” Plunkett stated.
“And I was sat ready to bat, I was next in, and the TV screen’s right there, so you can see it’s like 96, 97, 96 (miles per hour). Ashley Giles’ stumps get taken out, and I walk out to a guy who’s bowling 90 mile an hour.”
Despite him initially being a bit terrified of Akhtar, Plunkett (9 off 51) did comparatively effectively for a tail-ender in that hostile atmosphere earlier than lastly getting dismissed by Mohammad Sami.
“I remember the first one, it looked like I played it well. You duck and you turn and you can see it travel to the keeper and the keeper catches it. I got my first medal of honour, he hit me on the shoulder. I pretty much s*** my pants at that point,” he stated.
“He’s simply such an enormous strong bloke, he’s received huge tree trunk legs, and he simply steams in, and also you’re like, ‘every ball’s received critical intent right here’.
“I believe I used to be like 9 off 60 balls, however I managed to do an honest job. My first Test, that was a critical problem, and batting at No.9, to have the ability to put up a partnership, get seven or eight however face 60 balls, I used to be fairly proud of it,” the England quick bowler stated.