South African pace bowling icon Dale Steyn revealed the one moment that always gives him the ‘chills’ in a reply tweet to ESPNcricinfo. His answer was one involving Indian pacer S Sreesanth who had hit pacer Andre Nel for a six and then swung his bat in celebration as the latter had sledged him. The incident had happened in the first Test of India’s tour of South Africa in 2006.
The series was one of the most hard fought ones as it saw India take a lead in the series with a win at Johannesburg thanks to Sreesanth‘s brilliance. However, the South Africans came roaring back with a stellar performance at Durban led by Makhaya Ntini. The third Test saw India get on the front foot early with a score in excess of 400 led by Wasim Jaffer‘s century. However, in the fourth innings, South Africa aced a tricky chase of 211 thanks to useful contributions from their entire batting order.
Watch – Dale Steyn recalls iconic Sreesanth-Nel battle
ESPNcricinfo took to Twitter yesterday to ask its followers to “Name a batter and a shot of theirs that gives you chills every time.” Dale Steyn replied saying, “Sreesanth and his slog off Andre Nel for 6 with the swinging bat celebration. Legendary.” It is noteworthy that Steyn had also been a part of the Test match.
The incident happened in the 64th over of the second innings of the first Test match where India were already on their way to a lead. Sreesanth was the last man standing and Andre Nel came on to bowl. After the first ball was missed by Sreesanth, Nel stared at him and exchanged quite a few words. Off the very next ball, Sreesanth came down the track and slogged the bowler for a big six, before swinging his bat in glee. This moment is etched in cricketing folklore and that was exactly what Steyn was making a reference to.