Shoaib Akhtar spurt into the picture in the 1999 World Cup with a long, hurtling run-up and blistering speed. He is a Pakistani cricketer who will remain in the pages of cricket history as the fastest bowler in world. He is also known as the “Rawalpindi Express” due to his fast bowling; he bowled at 161.3 kph. Born in a small family residing near Rawalpindi, Shoaib earned great fame and fortune for himself and Pakistan national cricket team. He retired after the 2011 World Cup and made many interesting records during his career.
Recently, Shoaib (SA) has become the brand ambassador of m-Mobile, a newly launched mobile brand. Phone World team (PW) got a chance to have a small chit chat with Rawalpindi Express at the launch ceremony of m-Mobile. Here are the few moments from Shoaib Akhtar’s life he shared with our team.
PW: Which was your first mobile phone?
SA: Sony Ericson was my first mobile brand.
PW: Which mobile phone are you currently using?
SA: These days I am using M-Mobile P15i.
PW: What’s Your Favorite App?
SA: Facebook and Twitter are my favorite Apps. I used both of them regularly.
PW: Checking mobile phone is probably the first thing most of the people do when they wake up in the morning, how important is your smartphone for you?
SA: Nowadays mobile phone is an essential gadget. I travel a lot so I use my phone to always stay in contact with my family and friends back home. So I would say that checking my phone at any time is actually keeping me update about the people for whom I feel concerned.
PW: : Is it a distraction for you?
SA: It is rarely a distraction, most of the time it is great facilitator in my day to day life.
[pull_quote_left]Smartphone provides a very convenient way to manage all social media activities effectively & efficiently. And it is definitely a great way to stay connected to your fans and keep them engaged and interested in your life[/pull_quote_left]
PW: Smartphones have given a tremendous opportunity to connect with people through social media. What role do you think its playing in Celebrities’ life in terms of fan following and popularity graph?
SA: Smartphone provides a very convenient way to manage all social media activities effectively & efficiently. And it is definitely a great way to stay connected to your fans and keep them engaged and interested in your life.
PW: There are many fake ids and pages of celebrities on social media; would you like to share your official pages (i.e. Facebook /twitter /Instagram)?
SA: Yes, I have official pages on Facebook & Twitter.
[pull_quote_right]Collaboration with M-Mobile is a project that I have taken up after a long time and I hope that it work for both of us[/pull_quote_right]
PW: Have you been contacted by any other telecom operator or mobile company to work with them?
SA: Yes, many times but due to my busy schedule I was never inclined to work with them. Collaboration with M-Mobile is a project that I have taken up after quite a long time and I hope that it works for both of us.
PW: What are your future projects? Which you like to share with your fans?
SA: My priority plan is to establish a Cricket Academy for the training of talented youth of Pakistan. I want to provide a platform to all those who have talent but don’t get the opportunity to play on national and international level.
[pull_quote_left]My priority plan is to establish a Cricket Academy for the training of talented youth of Pakistan[/pull_quote_left]
PW: Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
SA: In 5 year time I see myself as the Cricket Coach. I don’t want to be a typical coach who is only concerned about the performance of his players on the ground rather I would also like to prepare them to face every type of challenges in life.
[pull_quote_right]I travel a lot so I use my phone to always stay in contact with my family and friends back home[/pull_quote_right]
PW: Any message you would like to give for your fans?
SA: Never believe in short cuts, only hard work is the key to success in life.
Favorite color? Black & Blue.
Favorite food? All Pakistani Food & Sea food.
Favorite car? Lamborghini.
Favorite cricketer? Mr. Imran Khan.
All-time favorite movie? The Message (PBUH).
One thing you really like about yourself? Doing Charity.
Rate yourself as a cricketer on a scale of 1 to 10? Always No.1.