India’s maiden win in South Africa in Johannesburg was something special. It had all the drama in the world with India’s most colourful cricketer S Sreesanth at the forefront. Everyone remembers how Andre Nel sledged him and Sree, in turn, came down the track and slammed him for a maximum. He has revealed the exact word that was being said to him from the Protea pacer.
“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.
Earlier he had bowled beautifully with his 5/40 which made sure that South Africa were skittled out for just 84 runs. As it turned out, Sree still had a fair amount of role left to be played in the Test match. “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," recalled Sreesanth.
On day 3 of the Test match, Nel charged at Sreesanth and tried to get under his skin. That is when Sreesanth gave it back to the bowler. The match was a fascinating one with India winning the match by 72 runs to go 1-0 up in three-match Test series.