Cricket matches between India and Pakistan are as a rule super-charged affairs. It is not any shock that feelings of the cricketers of the 2 nations are at all times on the sting when the 2 international locations are dealing with off towards one another. It was no completely different again in 2006, when former India captain MS Dhoni turned as much as bat towards Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar, who was then no doubt the quickest bowler on the planet.
Dhoni was on the peak of his batting prowess within the uncommon India-Pakistan Test sequence in Pakistan and had notched up his maiden Test century off solely 93 balls within the sport at Faisalabad. With Dhoni nonetheless making an attempt to settle in, Akhtar tried to ruffle up the Indian wicketkeeper batsman with a barrage of bouncers and Dhoni was in apparent discomfort. But as soon as he bought his eyes in, there was no stopping the Chennai Super Kings captain. The Jharkhand wicketkeeper raced away to a half-century off 34 balls with seven fours and three huge sixes.
He ended up scoring a 153-ball 148 with 19 fours and 4 sixes after which Danish Kaneria bought him stumped. The match was drawn, however Dhoni hogged the limelight along with his maiden Test ton on overseas soil. Ever since then, Dhoni went from energy to energy in his illustrious profession.
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Going down the reminiscence lane, Akhtar had stated that Dhoni bought below his pores and skin in the course of the match. The Rawalpindi Express admitted to bowling a ‘deliberate beamer’ out of sheer frustration.
“I think I had bowled an 8-9 over spell in Faisalabad. It was a quick spell and Dhoni scored a hundred. I purposely bowled a beamer to Dhoni and then apologised to him,” Akhtar had stated.
“It was the first time in my life I had bowled a beamer purposely. I shouldn’t have done it. I regretted it a lot. He was playing so well and the wickets were so slow. However fast I was bowling, he kept on hitting. I think I got frustrated,” he added.
Akhtar toiled laborious for 25 overs in that Faisalabad Test, however might solely dismiss Sachin Tendulkar, caught by Kamran Akmal. Dhoni went on to play 90 Tests and scored almost 5,000 runs earlier than he retired in 2014.
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