Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar has admitted for purposefully bowling a deadly beamer to MS Dhoni in the 2006 Faisalabad Test between India and Pakistan. MS Dhoni had hit Shoaib Akhtar for three fours in an over and then the hothead ‘Rawalpindi Express’ came round the wicket to bowl a beamer to the India wicketkeeper, which was a little misdirected and went for a wide.
He admits he got frustrated due to the continuous beating on the slow pitch. MS Dhoni scored his maiden Test century in the first innings of the match in Pakistan, an outstanding knock of 148 including 19 boundaries and four sixes. Shoaib Akhtar admitted to being frustrated and bowling the beamer, after which he apologised to MS Dhoni.
I Think I Shouldn’t Have Done It: Says Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar recalling the incident which occurred 14 years ago, regrets that decision. He admits that his action was too whimsical and out of frustration. The pitch being flat was a nightmare for the bowlers. Shoaib Akhtar finished the match with the figures of 100/2 bowling 25 overs.
“I apologised to Dhoni for hitting him with a beamer deliberately. This was the first time I bowled a beamer deliberately. I think I shouldn’t have done it,” Akhtar said on Akash Chopra’s Youtube show.
“He was playing exceptionally well and the wicket was really slow. Dhoni kept on hitting me, and I got frustrated with the way he played me.”
Shoaib Akhtar Reveals His Battle With Injuries
Shoaib Akhtar told that he was battling with his injury issues during the series which resulted in him finishing the test series with just four wickets in three games. He tells his knees had given up back in 1997 itself and for the rest of the time, he played with pain and injections to keep going.
“The deer type jump gets almost finished after 2-3 years. My knees brought me to my knees. My knees had become useless in 1997. Still I kept fighting and playing, after taking injections regularly,” he added.
“I remember when India had come to Pakistan, my left fibula was broken, my landing leg. MS Dhoni had scored a century at Faisalabad. What sort of wickets they had prepared, you know,” Shoaib said.
The Rawalpindi Express is recognized as the fastest bowler in the history of cricket, delivering a world record owing to a top speed of 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph) in a pool match against England during the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
Shoaib was an amalgamation of raw pace and deadly bouncers. He was delightful to watch. He threatened batsmen with his deadly pace and bounce