‘I shouldn’t have done it’: Shoaib Akhtar Recalls The Worst Thing He Did to MS Dhoni

Shoaib Akhtar bowls Beamer to Dhoni
Shoaib Akhtar bowls Beamer to Dhoni

Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar, who is known for being one of the most savages of pacers on the world, in an ongoing on the web talk, reviewed the time he had intentionally tossed a beamer at Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Akhtar was talking with Aakash Chopra in a YouTube show called Aakash Vaani when he talked about a Test series against India held at Faisalabad in 2006.

The former Indian captain was in his peak form and had just hit Akhtar three boundaries in a single over. The pressure was developing and the fast bowler attempted to agitate him by bowling the beamer. The ball went for a wide eventually and the Pakistan cricketer has lamented the move from that point onwards.

“I think I had bowled an eight-nine 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 said in Hindi.

Saying that it was the first time he had thrown a beamer “purposely”, Akhtar said, “I shouldn’t have done it. I regretted it a lot”.

Watch Aakash Chopra’s Chat With Shoaib Akhtar in Aakash Vaani Show:

Looking for reasons behind his action, the pacer recalled Dhoni “playing so well” and the wickets being slow. “However fast I was bowling, he kept on hitting. I think I got frustrated”.

Overall, Dhoni has had a truly decent professional chart while playing against Pakistan. In the said three-match Test series, Dhoni had scored 179 runs at a normal of 59.66, where he even hit his maiden Test century (148 runs).

Unexpectedly, Dhoni’s maiden one-day international ton likewise came against Pakistan. He had also scored the same 148 runs in that ODI too.

Watch MS Dhoni’s Maiden Test Century:

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