Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Shoaib Akhtar is the toughest bowler I have faced


Previous India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has picked Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar as the hardest bowler he has confronted in his illustrious international career.

“All the fast bowlers are quite difficult, with the limited technique I had, it was very difficult to face the fast bowlers. Still, if I had to pick one, I would pick Shoaib Akhtar,” said Dhoni.

Dhoni has arrived at this conclusion in spite of playing against Akhtar only 10 times in international cricket: five Tests and many One-day Internationals.

Inquired as to why he picked Akhtar over any semblance of Brett Lee, Dale Steyn, Stuart Broad, Morne Morkel and James Anderson, Dhoni stated: “Exceptionally straightforward reason: he was fast, he was quick, he could bowl a yorker, he could bowl a bouncer yet you never expected a beamer. He was somewhat eccentric yet he was amusing to play against, ” he said.

The previous India skipper , who was talking at his successor Virat Kohli’s charity ball here,also gave a tongue in cheek reply when the regularly disputable Duckworth/Lewis framework came up for discussion. “I don’t think even ICC comprehends the D/L strategy,” Dhoni said.