At a charity event hosted by current India captain Virat Kohli, India’s wicketkeeper MS Dhoni has revealed a surprising pick as the hardest bowler he’s ever faced when you look at his numbers against him. It is none another than former Pakistan quick Shoaib Akhtar.
While conceding that he has struggled against pace in his career due to his limited technique, Dhoni acknowledged that Akhtar was “unpredictable” and “difficult to face”.
“All the fast bowlers are quite difficult, with the limited technique I had, it was very difficult to face the fast bowlers,” Dhoni said
“Still, if I had to pick one, I would pick Shoaib Akhtar.”
“Very simple reason: he was quick, he was fast, he could bowl a yorker, he could bowl a bouncer but you never expected a beamer. He was a bit unpredictable [but] he was fun to play against.”
Dhoni met Akhtar just 10 times in international during his 12-year long career: five Tests, and five ODIs. But the Rawalpinidi Express clearly has clearly impressed Indian legend despite limited contests against each other.
Akhtar has figures of 3/32 from the 39 balls he bowled to Dhoni in 50-over cricket, 1/71 from 83 deliveries in Tests.
England seamers James Anderson and Stuart Broad have the taken Dhoni’s wicket the most in Tests, with six dismissals each. In 50-over, it is Australian quick Brett Lee who has dismissed him most with five times, while in T20Is, four bowlers have claimed his prized wicket twice.