MS Dhoni is known by most people across the globe to be one of the fiercest hitters of the cricket ball as well as the best finisher to go with it.
Dhoni has sent many a world dominating bowlers (both spinners and pacers) packing, throughout his career. Dhoni has gone face to face with the likes of Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Dale Steyn, Shane Bond, Lasith Malinga, James Anderson etc. in course of his career.
But we all have wondered who made him sweat the most with the ball in his hand, if at all there was any.When MSD was asked of the same during Virat Kohl’s charity dinner on Monday, he had this to say for an answer:
“All the fast bowlers are quite difficult, with the limited technique I had, it was very difficult to face the fast bowlers. Still, if I had to pick one, I would pick Shoaib Akhtar.”
The former Indian captain added: “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, he was fun to play against.”
In the 32 ODIs that he has played against Pakistan, Mahi’s bat has produced 1226 runs, at an average of 58.38. To go with this already impressive figures, Dhoni also has two centuries and nine fifties to his name against the arch-rivals.
Interestingly enough, Mahendra Singh Dhoni had played his ODI debut match against Pakistan in Kochi, back in 2005. He was dismissed for a meagre score of 3 runs that day.
MS Dhoni “the hard hitter” was born in the very next match of the series in Vizag. Dhoni toyed with Pakistan’s bowling attack, which was without Shoaib Akhtar, to reach his maiden century in national colours. His 148 off 123 helped India notch up 356 in that very match.