‘Did not look like he could bat’: Anrich Nortje recalls bowling to MS Dhoni as a net 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 “did not look like he could bat”. The 2 confronted one another in the course of the 2010 Champions League T20 in South Africa.

“I bear in mind bowling to MS within the nets there, didn’t look like he wished to be there, didn’t look like he could bat, to be sincere. However I didn’t understand it was him. He was hitting a couple of balls nearly standing nonetheless not utilizing any toes as he does (chuckles). I really suppose that everybody was attempting to block all the pieces… they have been simply attempting to get his eye in initially I feel,” the 27-year-old mentioned throughout a dialog on the Grade Cricketer’s YouTube channel.

Dhoni, who is understood for his unorthodox model of play, typically stays on the again foot whereas enjoying his photographs utilizing his backside hand to good impact.

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

A decade later, Nortje is likely one of the quickest bowlers on the earth. 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, fashioned a formidable tempo bowling assault for Delhi Capitals’ earlier season serving to the franchise attain the ultimate for the primary time. Nevertheless, Nortje did not 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 have been on the high of the desk adopted by CSK.

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