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‘Not proud of my behaviour’ – Ashish Nehra on abusing MS Dhoni after a dropped catch in 2005

Written by Sumit Seth

Former India cricketer Ashish Nehra enjoyed many on-field moments with MS Dhoni. He was a member of the Dhoni-led World Cup-winning team in 2011 and also played under him at Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2014 and 2015. Incidentally, his performances at CSK saw him make his international comeback – in 2016 – when Dhoni was still the captain.

Nehra enjoyed success under Dhoni but was also involved in an infamous incident with the former India skipper. A video of him abusing Dhoni is often talked about. Recalling that incident, which took place in 2005, Nehra said that he isn’t proud of that.

The left-arm pacer failed to take a wicket in nine overs he bowled as India lost that match on the final delivery of Pakistan’s innings. The visiting team also went on to win the next two ODIs to win the six-match series 4-2.

“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,” he told The Times of India.

Three years after the World Cup win, Nehra went on to play under Dhoni at CSK, who had bought him for Rs 2 Crore in IPL 2014 auction. He scalped eight wickets in four matches in the first season with the Yellow Army. The senior pacer also performed in his second season with them and scalped 22 wickets in 16 matches.

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Sumit Seth