Recalling the incident, which occurred forward of the fourth ODI in Gwalior in November, Uthappa stated that Akhtar met him throughout dinner on the eve of the match.
“I bear in mind all of us had been having dinner collectively. Shoaib bhai was there as nicely. He got here to me and stated ‘Robin, nicely performed (within the first ODI in Guwahati). Good recreation’. After which he stated, ‘another factor: you walked out and hit me. For those who do this once more, even I do not know what is going to occur. You may get a beamer directed at your head’. After that, I did not even dare stroll out to him,” Uthappa instructed YouTube channel ‘Wake Up With Sorabh’.
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Uthappa recollected the sequence of occasions that led Akhtar to challenge the warning.
“We had been taking part in a recreation in Guwahati. And because it’s within the east of India, it will get darkish there early. Again then, we didn’t have two new balls (for ODIs). After 34 overs, we used to get a ball that was 24 overs previous however barely higher,” he stated.
As India closed in on a win, Uthappa and Irfan Pathan had been on the crease. “Shoaib was bowling and Irfan and I had been batting. I feel we would have liked 12 to win off 25 balls or one thing like that. I bear in mind he (Akhtar) bowled a yorker to me. I missed it from the arm and solely noticed it coming straight into the blockhole,” stated Uthappa.
“I finished the ball useless there. That was 154 (kmph) one thing. The following ball was a low full toss and I hit the ball for 4. So, after that, we would have liked three or 4 runs to win and I instructed myself, ‘Man, I’ve to stroll out to Shoaib Akhtar and hit him. What number of instances will I get that chance’.
“He bowled a size ball and I did it; it took the sting and it went for 4. We gained the match,” Uthappa stated.
India gained the ODI sequence 3-2.