SUNDAY THROWBACK by Arani Basu • Last updated on ShareTweet “Unlike national teams, you get just two months to build an IPL team and get it to perform.” © BCCI April 5 marks the 15th anniversary of MS Dhoni’s first international century, an innings of great significance for Indian cricket. As a flamboyant 23-year-old from Ranchi wreaked havoc on Pakistan’s bowlers with a 123-ball 148 under the scorching Visakhapatnam sun, India finally found a wicketkeeper-batsman who could set the world on fire. Ashish Nehra, an integral part of Team India at the time, speaks to Arani Basu and recalls the day that set the tone for Dhoni’s fairytale career: I distinctly remember that match in Visakhapatnam. It was the second ODI of that series. In a video that went viral, I am seen hurling abuses at MS after an edge off Shahid Afridi’s bat goes between Dhoni and Rahul Dravid at first slip. People assume it’s from the Vizag match, but that incident is from the fourth ODI in Ahmedabad. However, I must admit I am not proud of my behaviour. I had been hit for six by Afridi off just the previous ball. There was the usual pressure of… Read full this story
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