‘You look like Tarzan’ – Andrew Flintoff recalls hilarious sledging episode with Shoaib Akhtar – cricket

Former England allrounder Andrew Flintoff was identified to be a verbal buyer on the sphere. While each cricketing fan remembers Sourav Ganguly eradicating his shirt at Lord’s, not many recall that it was Flintoff who had completed the identical earlier than at Wankhede. Flintoff additionally exchanged phrases with Yuvraj Singh within the 2007 T20 World Cup encounter between England and India. In the subsequent over, the left-hander had hammered six sixes to Stuart Broad. 

Speaking to Talk Sport, Flintoff recalled one other hilarious sledging episode with Pakistan legend Shoaib Akhtar from a 2005 Test match between England and Pakistan. Flintoff stated that Akhtar saved calling him ‘fat’ which led him to reply.

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“Listen to this, I got feelings. He (Shoaib) kept having a go at me. He kept calling me ‘fat’. Fat this, fat that. I am not having this, I am thinking I am going to nip this in the b***. So, as I walked in, I said, Shoaib, it’s all right, you look like Tarzan, but you bowl like Jane,” Flintoff stated.

“It haunted me straight away. I walked out to bat, I think 1st or 2nd ball, my off-stump was cart-wheeling back as he knocked it over. Then, as I walked off, he gave me a big ‘OOOHHHH’,” he stated.

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In his profession, the 42-year-previous Flintoff went on to play 79 Tests wherein he scored 3,845 runs and picked 226 wickets. He additionally performed 141 ODIs, wherein he scored 3,394 runs and picked 169 wickets. His final look for England was in August 2009 in a Test match towards Australia at The Oval.

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