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‘Didn’t seem like he might bat’: Anrich Nortje recollects bowling to MS Dhoni as a web bowler

South African quick bowler Anrich Nortje recalled his first impressions when he ran in to bowl to former Indian skipper MS Dhoni within the Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) nets. Nortje revealed that he was 16-year-old then and thought Dhoni “didn’t seem like he might bat”. The 2 confronted one another throughout the 2010 Champions League T20 in South Africa.

“I keep in mind bowling to MS within the nets there, didn’t seem like he needed to be there, didn’t seem like he might bat, to be sincere. However I didn’t notice it was him. He was hitting a few balls nearly standing nonetheless not utilizing any ft as he does (chuckles). I really suppose that everybody was making an attempt to dam every thing… they had been simply making an attempt to get his eye in in the beginning I feel,” the 27-year-old mentioned throughout a dialog on the Grade Cricketer’s YouTube channel.

Dhoni, who is thought for his unorthodox fashion of play, usually stays on the again foot whereas enjoying his pictures utilizing his backside hand to good impact.

CSK went on to win the 2010 Champions League T20 beating South Africa’s Warriors within the last by eight wickets.

A decade later, Nortje is likely one of the quickest bowlers on the planet. He additionally holds the report for delivering the quickest ball in Indian Premier League (IPL) historical past clocking at 156.22 within the 2020 season.

Nortje, in partnership with Kagiso Rabada, shaped a formidable tempo bowling assault for Delhi Capitals’ earlier season serving to the franchise attain the ultimate for the primary time. Nevertheless, Nortje didn’t play a single recreation within the IPL 2021 season owing to Covid-19 scare and constant performances from Avesh Khan. Earlier than IPL was suspended, DC had been on the prime of the desk adopted by CSK.

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