Cricket witnessed a heated yet funny incident when South Africa and India had clashed in 2006. Proteas pacer Andre Nel and Indian pacer S Sreesanth were seen engaged in a heated conversation which eventually became one of the funniest cricketing moments.
Nel was interviewed by Cricbuzz recently, where he spoke about the incident. The 40-year old former pacer said that he thought about hitting Sreesanth on the head when he came out to bat.
“When I saw him walk out, the first thing I thought was ‘hit him on the head'”, the former bowler confessed. “To be fair, that was generally my thought no matter who was batting,” he added.
The former South Africa pacer also said that he doesn't remember the words exchanged with the Sreesanth, who was on strike.
“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,” Nel said.
Sreesanth's famous six still fresh in memories. However, Nel said that he didn't watch the Indian batsman celebrating at that time. “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.”
The former Proteas bowler added that he “loved his tussle” with Sreesanth. “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,” he said.