I told MS Dhoni I will sledge Shoaib Akhtar, you just laugh: Irfan Pathan recalls 2006 Test against Pakistan – cricket

Former India pacer Irfan Pathan recalled his partnership with Mahendra Singh Dhoni within the Faisalabad Test in 2006 through which Dhoni registered his maiden Test hundred. Pathan had come into the center when India had been 5 wickets down for 281 in reply to Pakistan’s whole of 588 within the first innings. Pathan and Dhoni stitched a 210-run partnership and saved the match for India, as they helped their facet to a complete of 603 within the first innings. Speaking in a current interview, Pathan revealed that the pair had been troubled early on into their partnership by Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar.

Speaking in an interview to Sports Tak, Pathan recalled the sledging episode between him and Akhtar that befell within the center when he got here out to bat. “When I was coming out to bat, Akhtar was bowling at a rapid pace of 150-160 kph. I went down and joined Dhoni and asked how’s the pitch is behaving, he responded by saying, ‘nothing much, you just bat’,” Irfan stated.

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“I faced Akhtar’s first ball and it was a bouncer and it went past my ear. I couldn’t even see the ball. Then, he kept bowling bouncer after bouncer. Somehow we were able to play out his spell. We tried building our partnership and after sometime, Akhtar again came for a new spell,” he added. 

“Akhtar was sledging as always, trying to get into our minds and break the partnership. I told Dhoni ‘I will sledge Akhtar and you just laugh at him’ and Dhoni agreed to it. Akhtar continued sledging us and at the time, the ball was also starting to reverse swing, which was even more dangerous for us. Our plan was to negate the reverse swing on the ball, which we could do if we could Akhtar to bowl shorter deliveries,” he additional stated.

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“That was the time, I sledged Akhtar saying ‘will you be able to bowl with the same intensity in the next spell?’. He responded angrily ‘you are talking too much, I will remove you from here’. So I stated, ‘You won’t be capable of do it, I am additionally an actual Pathan, you just do your bowling, don’t speak’.

“The subsequent ball was a bouncer, I was prepared for it. I left it. Then he began bowling brief balls. I went to faucet gloves with Dhoni whereas Akhtar was there, and I stated ‘Paaji, the pitch is damp, you need to bowl a little more shorter’. He saved getting offended, and we had been in a position to play out that spell. After Akhtar’s spell, the batting turned simpler for us, and we had been in a position to save the Test match and the match resulted in a draw,” Pathan stated.

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