New Delhi: The cricket match between India and Pakistan is no less than a war. Indian veteran Irfan Pathan told the incident of the year 2006 when Team India went on Pakistan tour.
Irfan remembered Pak tour
On this tour, Team India had captured the Test series against Pakistan by 1-0. The second Test of this series was played in Faisalabad. Batting first, Pakistan team scored 588 runs. In response, the Indian team scored 603 runs and took a 15-run lead on the basis of the first innings.
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Irfan-Dhoni harassed Shoaib
In the first innings of Team India, there was a partnership of 210 runs between Irfan Pathan and MS Dhoni. Irfan told that he along with Mahi harassed Shoaib Akhtar a lot.
Shoaib Akhtar got angry
Irfan Pathan told in Vikram Sathaye’s talk show that he made Pakistan’s fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar so angry that Shoaib threatened to kidnap Irfan.
Shoaib dismisses Sachin
Irfan Pathan said that that wicket was such on which it is not easy to throw bouncers but Shoaib Akhtar was continuously throwing bouncers. Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed on his own ball. Pathan and Dhoni took over the innings when the 5th wicket fell.
Ball passed through Pathan’s ear
Pathan said, ‘I came to bat, the first ball went near the ear, I just got the smell of leather. The second ball went through the second ear. I thought now he would put forward, but then the bouncer, somehow he took out the spell. When he came to bowl in the second spell, at that time the partnership between me and Dhoni was building.
Shoaib threatens to kidnap
Irfan said, ‘Dhoni said that something has to be done. I said do one thing, I will say something to him and you just laugh out loud, even if not funny. Then I started, Shoaib got very angry and then it went on. Then I hit a four, in anger Shoaib told me I will get you kidnapped, I said get the same done, you will not be able to do it out.’
Dhoni-Pathan’s memorable innings
MS Dhoni scored 148 runs in this innings with the help of 19 fours and 4 sixes. At the same time, Irfan Pathan played an innings of 90 runs with the help of 9 fours and 2 sixes. Shoaib Akhtar could not get either of these out. This match ended in a draw.