Fast and furious Brett Schultz now sells insurance

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The first thing that stands out when you see Brett Schultz these days is the shiny pate. Gone are the blonde locks that once bounced and swayed as he thundered menacingly towards the bowling crease. He is decked in a formal shirt on Wednesday. One that hardly hides the massive girth under it, the broad shoulders and the oak-tree like chest, that made him one of the most intimidating opponents in world cricket.

You also realise that the constant references the former South African thunderbolt makes to himself as the 'bear' and the 'beast' are warranted. The voice is gruff, and the 43-year-old insurance agent grunts with excitement every time he describes a happy moment from his injury-plagued and truncated career.

One that saw him snare 37 wickets at 20.20 apiece but sadly fell into the 'what might have been' category. These days, Schultz smiles a lot and hardly needs a reason to break into a loud guffaw that sees his immense frame quivering. And his life revolves not around breaking heads with the ball but convincing clients that their assets are safe in his gigantic hands. He works at Econorisk as a Director of Insurance.

You almost want to see him breaking into one of his bowling fits, put on the death-stare and dish out the verbals that had batsmen shaking under their boots. But Schultz only drops you a few teasers.

"I wasn't so obsessed with pace. I was more obsessed about the fear in the eyes of the batsmen when they faced me. I was a mean guy with the ball in hand. Allan Donald would get angry on and off. I was consistently angry, spitting bullets," he says.

After coming into the South African Test team with a scary reputation against India in Durban back in 1992, Schultz's body only lasted nine Tests, all of which came in a space of five years with numerous comebacks. His knees were never strong enough to take the workload, shortening what promised to be a path-breaking career. Schultz though prefers being pragmatic in his assessment of his stint as South Africa's tearaway.

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