“A lot of people are not aware of what he said”, Sreesanth recalls his on-field fight with Andre Nel

The Johannesburg test match between India and South Africa in 2006 has a lot of memorable memories. Be it Sourav Ganguly’s return to the national team or Sachin Tendulkar’s 50th ton, the 2006 test win has given the fans a lot of memories. 

Everyone remembers how Andre Nel sledged S Sreesanth during the game. However, the fast bowler came up with an epic response. The incident took place in the 63rd over of the Day 3 when Andre Nel was trying to sledge Sreesanth looking for the final wicket. The former Indian pacer came down the track and smashed a massive six off the very next delivery. Sreesanth celebrated in style after that big hit and displayed his dancing skills in the field.

Sreesanth’s act caught the viewers by surprise but it was probably the best response he could have given to the Proteas bowler.

Recently, Sreesanth revealed the exact words the Proteas fast bowler said to him.

“A lot of people are not aware of what he said, but he said a lot of things to me. In the first innings, I had picked up five wickets, and when Andre Nel walked out, he hit for a six. He was literally on me. It started when he was batting. When I walked out to bat in the second innings, he started saying to me ‘you are not good enough just to mentally trouble me,” Sreesanth told SportsKeeda.

In the first innings, Sreesanth scalped five wickets for just 40 runs as South Africa were bowled out for 84. Sreesanth picked another three wickets in the second innings and helped Team India register the win. 

“He came up to me and said ‘you don’t have a heart; you are not good enough and some bad words too’. So when I hit him for six, and everyone called it a dance. I would want to clarity that it wasn’t a dance; it was a horse-riding celebration. I did what I felt was right at the same time. It was more like what Sourav dada had done at the 2002 Natwest Trophy,” Sreesanth added.