Former Indian allrounder Irfan Pathan recalls the incident when Team India went to Pakistan in 2006 for playing a test series under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid. Reminiscing the 2006 Faislabad test, Irfan Pathan shared an incident When he and Dhoni were batting and how was Shoaib Akhtar sledging him.
When Irfan Pathan was come out to bat. That time, Shoaib Akhtar was in form and bowling around 150-160 kph mark. Akhtar welcomed him with a hard bouncer and he was also getting the ball to reverse and was resorting to sledge him as well. Therefore, Irfan Pathan also decided to sledge him.
During the live chat on Instagram with Sports Tak, Irfan said “When I was coming out to bat, Akhtar was bowling at a rapid pace of 150-160 kph. I went down and joined Dhoni and asked how’s the pitch is behaving, he responded by saying, ‘nothing much, you just bat.”
How Akhtar threatened Irfan Pathan:
“I faced Akhtar’s first ball and it was a bouncer and couldn’t even see the ball. Somehow we tried to negate his spell. We tried building our partnership and after some time, Akhtar again came for a new spell.” Irfan Pathan stated.
“Akhtar was sledging. ‘Agar baat das hai toh woh bees bolenge’. I told Dhoni ‘I will sledge Akhtar and you just laugh at him’ and Dhoni agreed to it. ” he added.
“That was the time, I sledged Akhtar saying ‘paaji, agla spell me utna hi jaan lagegi?’. Akhtar responded angrily saying, ‘Bahut zyada baat kar rahe ho, tereko mai utha lunga idhar se’. He somehow completed that spell and that was how we drew that Test,” he added.
(I sledged Akhtar saying. ‘ Brother needed more power in the next spell.’ Akhtar responded angrily saying, ‘ You are talking too much, I will pick you from here’ Quote translated)
In this match, Irfan Pathan scored 90 runs off 170 balls and Dhoni managed 148 runs in 153 balls. Their crucial partnership managed 210 runs for the sixth wicket and helped India to 15 runs first-innings lead. Although Akhtar got only one wicket of Sachin in this match with an economy of four.