Former Indian speedster Ashish Nehra, on Sunday, recalled the ODI match in opposition to Pakistan wherein he was caught on digital camera ‘hurling abuses’ at Mahendra Singh Dhoni after an edge off Shahid Afridi’s bat went between the keeper and Rahul Dravid who was standing at first slip. The second came about 15 years in the past in 2005 in Ahmedabad, and Nehra, on Sunday, mentioned that he isn’t proud of his behaviour on that day. Speaking in an interview to Times of India, Nehra recalled the 2nd ODI from the Pakistan sequence in 2005 in Visakhapatnam, wherein Dhoni had smashed his maiden ODI hundred.
“I distinctly remember that match in Visakhapatnam. It was the second ODI of that series. In a video that went viral, I am seen hurling abuses at MS after an edge off Shahid Afridi’s bat goes between Dhoni and Rahul Dravid at first slip. People assume it’s from the Vizag match, but that incident is from the fourth ODI in Ahmedabad. However, I must admit I am not proud of my behaviour,” Nehra mentioned.
He went on to elucidate the explanation for his response. “I had been hit for six by Afridi off just the previous ball. There was the usual pressure of an India-Pakistan match. Suddenly, I created a chance and it was missed. I lost my cool. That wasn’t the only incident where a player has lost his cool in that manner. Both Dravid and Dhoni were fine with me after the game but that doesn’t justify my behaviour,” he mentioned.
The former left-armer additional added that the video went viral as a result of it has Dhoni in it. “The video is still popular because it has Dhoni in it. It’s like that old picture of me presenting an award to Virat Kohli when he was a kid. The picture is famous because it has Kohli in it, not because of me,” he mentioned.
Nehra added that he has to present an evidence to his children sometime over the video. “I know someday my kids will eventually watch that video clip and I’ll have to explain why I behaved that way,” he mentioned.