Robin Uthappa, the veteran Indian batsman, reckoned that MS Dhoni’s wit is sharper than his wicketkeeping skills. The 35-year-old went down the memory lane when MS Dhoni, in a funny way, tried to get under former England skipper Kevin Pietersen’s skin. MS Dhoni’s antics were regarding a Test match between the two sides back in 2011.
During the game, Kevin Pietersen was given out caught behind with MS Dhoni rolling his arms over. On an immediate basis, the England batsman took the DRS and replays showed that he didn’t edge the ball. Hence, the on-field decision had to be reversed.
Robin Uthappa Recalls MS Dhoni Spoke Out From Commentary Box To Kevin Pietersen That He Got His Scalp Once
Eventually, Kevin Pietersen scored a first-innings double-hundred as the hosts won it by a massive margin of 196 runs. Robin Uthappa remembered MS Dhoni telling Kevin Pietersen to shut his mouth as the former Indian skipper told him to shut his mouth since he dismissed him.
“I’ll give you an example. MS said to Kevin Pietersen when he sledged him from the commentary box. MS told him ‘listen I’ve gotten your wicket so please keep quiet. So, I think that is proof enough for what he endorses and what he doesn’t. He’s very quick-witted.
“His wit, if not the same speed of his glove-work, it could be faster. MS’ wit is quick,” Uthappa was quoted as saying during an interaction with stand-up comedian Sorabh Pant on his YouTube channel ‘Wake Up with Sorabh’.
MS Dhoni and Kevin Pietersen’s banter on whether the England player was his first Test wicket goes back to 2011. This in reference to a Test match between India and England at Lord’s (21 July 2011). Zaheer Khan was injured and MS Dhoni chipped in with a spell. Nine balls into his spell MS Dhoni almost got a nick from Kevin Pietersen’s bat as umpire Billy Bowden gave him out. However, Kevin Pietersen reviewed it and the decision was overruled.
This incident was once again brought up in April 2017 during an IPL match between Rising Pune Supergiants vs Mumbai Indians. This time Kevin Pietersen was inside the commentary box talking to Manoj Tiwary, who was fielding at slips. He told Manoj Tiwary to go and tell MS Dhoni that he (Kevin Pietersen) is a better golfer than him. When Manoj Tiwary did this after the next ball, MS Dhoni responded saying, “He’s still my 1st test wicket.”
Robin Uthappa Was Made To Stand At The Silly Point To Sledge Ricky Ponting During A T20I Match In 2007
Robin Uthappa also narrated an incident when India and Australia took part in a one-off T20I match in Mumbai back in 2007.
“In 2007 when we played a one-off T20 game against Australia, we were at it. MS would put me in charge of sledging some of the senior members of that Australia team like Ricky Ponting. So, in a one-day game, they would make me stand at the silly point just to chew Ricky Ponting and all. It was great fun,” he stated.
Going further with the interview, Robin Uthappa said that he was made to stand at the silly point for the sole purpose of sledging the Australian players, particularly the Delhi Capitals head coach, Ricky Ponting who was in his prime at that point of time. He also said that it was great fun to implement such tactics by ‘Captain Cool’ MS Dhoni. During the only T20I between India and Australia, Ricky Ponting was the highest run-scorer after getting 76 runs from 53 balls.
2007 turned out to be a memorable year for Team India. In MS Dhoni’s maiden stint as Team India’s skipper, the Men in Blue lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup. Later, at the start of 2008, India also won a tri-nation series in Australia. As far as Robin Uthappa is concerned, his career hardly took off. In 46 ODIs and 13 T20Is, the right-hander only managed 1183 runs with seven fifties. In the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he was a part of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), but he didn’t get to play a game.