“I purposely bowled a beamer to MS Dhoni and then apologised” says Ex-Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar admitted that he regrets bowling a beamer towards MS Dhoni during the 2006 Test against India in Faisalabad.

In an interview with Aakash Chopra on YouTube, Ex-Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar admitted that he purposely bowled a beamer to MS Dhoni during the second Test of the 2006 series against India in Faisalabad. He has admitted that he regrets doing so and later apologized to MS Dhoni.

Talking of the game, Dhoni scored his maiden ODI and Test tons in his fifth match of each format. In the 2005-06 Test series, he scored 179 runs in three matches (average of 59.66), including a stunning 148-run knock.


After a span of 14 years later, Akhtar confessed that he deliberately bowled the beamer to Dhoni, which was an act out of frustration. “I think I had bowled an 8-9 over spell in Faisalabad. It was a quick spell and Dhoni scored 100. I purposely bowled a beamer to Dhoni and then apologized to him,” Shoaib Akhtar told Aakash Chopra in the interview.

A fan page tweeted a quote by Shoaib Akhtar about MS Dhoni that reads, “There is no one in Cricketing world who can even Come Close to MSD in Terms of Captaincy Skills -Shoaib Akhtar”

The interview is nearly about 20 minutes long. It has mentions of the Pakistani cricketer stating that his journey of cricket has been full of injuries. Akhtar further revealed that he was recovering through a leg injury during the days of the 2006 Test series. Yet that saw him take just four wickets in three games.