Ashish Nehra regrets abusing MS Dhoni in 2005
When the fight between India and Pakistan is normal, it is very normal to lose temperament in small matters. As was the case with Ashish Nehra, the cold-headed cricketer. He abused the wicketkeeper MS Dhoni in excitement. After 15 years, the left-handed pacer has felt repentant.
The incident was in the fourth ODI of the series against Pakistan at home in 2005. Pakistan’s two openers Salman Butt and Shahid Afridi were playing right from the start for India’s 316-run target in Ahmedabad. Ashish Nehra conceded 12 runs off the first five balls of the fourth over. Nehru created a great chance of eliminating Afridi in the last ball. Afridi took the outside edge.
The catch went behind the wicket but MS Dhoni could not catch the ball or even Rahul Dravid standing on the first slip. Nehra lost his temper by seeing such an easy opportunity out of hand. He threw some of the abusive language in his inaudible language. Dhoni was only at the beginning of his career at that time.
Afridi, who got his life, played an impressive innings of 40 runs off 23 balls. Later, Abdul Razzaq, Salman Butt, Shoaib Malik and Inzamam-ul-Haq helped Pakistan to win the match. That was Pakistan’s first win to chase the target of 300+ scores. In that match, Nehra was wicketless conceding 75 runs in 9 overs.
Almost 15 years later, the story of the match came to light because the video of Dhoni being abused by Nehra had gone viral on social media. Why did this video go viral after so long? – Nehra didn’t stop making fun of it. According to him, the video went viral because of a celebrity like Dhoni.
“The video is still popular with people because it has Dhoni,” Nehra told the Times of India. “It’s like an old photo of me, where I’m handing out prizes in the hands of a teenage Kohli. It is not because of me, but because of Kohli, he has become famous. I know one day my kids will watch the video. Then they have to explain to me why I did so.”
Even though the video was fun to go viral, Nehra regretted about his behavior on that day. He said that he did not have any pride with that kind of behavior. It was not good for a cricketer to do so.
The 40-year-old pacer said,
“The video shows Shahid Afridi’s ball passing through Dhoni and Dravid as I am going to yell. People think it’s a match of Vizag. However, this was Ahmedabad’s fourth ODI. However, I admit that I am not too proud of my own behavior.”
He further added, “Afridi had hit me just before that ball. There was also added pressure on the India-Pakistan match. It was then that I created the opportunity, which went hand-in-hand, and I couldn’t keep up with the mood. That is not the only example of bowlers losing their temper. After the match, both Dhoni and Dravid were not normal with me. However, my use of that kind language is not justified.”