‘I told MS Dhoni I will sledge Shoaib Akhtar, you just laugh at him’: Irfan Pathan
By: Sports Desk |

Updated: May 31, 2020 9:08:45 pm

Irfan Pathan helped MS Dhoni concentrate on the sport. (Source: AP Photo)

The 2006 Faisalabad Test between India and Pakistan is greatest remembered by MS Dhoni’s first-ever Test century. On a pitch that may be greatest described as a bowler’s graveyard, Dhoni essayed a superb knock to rescue India from a precarious place. The high-scoring match noticed Pakistan rating 588 runs of their first innings however this was matched by India, who scored 603 runs, thanks largely because of a 210-run sixth-wicket stand between wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni (148) and Pathan (90).

In a latest chat on social media, Pathan recalled an attention-grabbing incident when his verbal volleys with Pakistan’s speedster Shoaib Akhtar helped Dhoni concentrate on his recreation.

“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 told to Sports Tak on Instagram Live.

“I faced Akhtar’s first ball and it was a bouncer and couldn’t even see the ball. Somehow we tried to negate his spell. We tried building our partnership and after sometime, Akhtar again came for a new spell,” he added.

Explaining the technique to tackle Akhtar, Pathan defined, “Akhtar was sledging. I told Dhoni ‘I will sledge Akhtar and you just laugh at him’ and Dhoni agreed to it. Akhtar continued sledging us and the ball started to reverse,” he stated.

“That was the time, I sledged Akhtar saying ‘will you be able to bowl with the same intensity in the next spell?’. Akhtar responded angrily by saying ‘you talk too much’. He somehow completed that spell and that was how we drew that Test,” he added.

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Pathan introduced his retirement from all types of the sport, earlier this yr in January. In a glittering profession, the southpaw featured in 29 Tests, 120 One-day Internationals (ODIs), and 24 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) for India, choosing a complete of 301 wickets.

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