Back in the year 2006, Irfan Pathan picked up a hattrick against Pakistan in the first over of the Karachi Test. The left-arm fast bowler had dismissed Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf, to give a big jolt to the Pakistanis.
But Pathan's efforts went in vain as India eventually lost the match.
Speaking in an ESPNCricinfo videocast, Sanjay Manjrekar asked Akhtar, “Did you acquire accuracy from practice or you always had it?”
Akhtar replied, “This is a talent that you are usually born with, either you have bowling sense or not. For example Mohammad Sami and Mohammad Asif. If these two bowlers had gone on to play for a longer period of time, they could bowl all kinds of deliveries.
“The world has seen me bowl. If you want to see the art of bowling, just observe Mohammad Asif - that is what you call bowling. VVS Laxman was frustrated in Karachi (2006) because he didn’t know what to do. He couldn’t figure out the deliveries that were being bowled to him,” he said.
“Same was the case with AB de Villiers. So the art of bowling is also a talent. There is a lot of bowlers in the world who come in and run in bowl and they are done. You can practise and get accurate with your bowling, but not smartness,” he further said.