Andre Nel Recalls 2006 Sledging Incident With S Sreesanth
By CricShots - Jan 22, 2018 7:55 am
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Ahead of the start of the third and final Test between India and South Africa at Wanderer’s in Johannesburg, former Proteas pacer Andre Nel recalled his rivalry with former Indian seamer S Sreesanth during a Test in the same stadium back in 2006.

Sreesanth enjoying his dance after smashing Andre Nel for a six

In an interview to Cricbuzz, Nel said that he thought about hitting Sreesanth on the head when he came out to bat. He described, “When I saw him walk out, the first thing I thought was ‘hit him on the head’. To be fair, that was generally my thought no matter who was batting.”

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Sreesanth took a fifer in the first innings in the Test to bowl out South Africa for 84 runs after India posted 249 runs. Sreesanth bowled his career-best spell of 5/40 in the innings, tested the opposition’s tailenders with short deliveries. When he came out to bat in the second innings, the Indian team was already having a lead of 384 runs. Nel, who was known for sledging on opposition’s batsmen, decided to test his patience with insults.

Describing the incident, Andre said, “To be honest, I can’t remember what I said. It was a heat of the moment thing and probably something along the lines of ‘I’ve got more heart than you’. I honestly couldn’t say for sure.”

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At the end of it, Sreesanth won the battle when he lofted a straight six on Nel’s next ball and then “danced” to celebrate in the middle of the pitch. Speaking on his celebrations, the pacer said, “I never saw him celebrate. When you’ve been hit for six after giving a guy a lot of lip you have no choice but to put your tail between your legs and turn around. But it was great fun. I always looked for a fight on the field and loved it when someone would come back at me.”

Concluding the statements, Andre Nel added that he “loved his tussle” with Sreesanth. He said, “I was the first to walk up to my opponent and shake his hand after the game. I had a laugh with Sreesanth back in the change room. He was such a character and I loved my tussle with him. I saw him around when I played in the IPL and we always spoke about that day. I know he enjoyed it as much as I did. I know the fans did too. Cricket is meant to be exciting and I hope people know how incredibly proud I was representing my country.”