Shoaib Akhtar’s Perth spell from 1999 fastest of my career,says Australia legend Ricky Ponting

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Reacting to the numerous queries regarding the fastest bowler or spell of bowling he has ever faced Australia’s World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting has declared that the 1999 Perth spell by Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar was the fastest he ever faced in his career.

Ponting made those remarks on Twitter while reacting to a video of the spell from two decades ago.

He said this in reply numerous queries after having termed Andrew Flintoff’s over as best he has faced.

The video shows Akhtar charging in and testing the Aussie with one express delivery after another.

“I got plenty of questions the other day after calling the Flintoff over the best I’d faced. But this from Shoaib Akhtar was the fastest spell I’d ever faced and trust me Justin Langer wasn’t backing up too far at the other end,” Ponting tweeted.

Despite Akhtar brilliant spell, Ponting managed to score 197 runs in that innings and helped inflict an innings defeat on Pakistan – a testament to his grit and determination.