MS Dhoni Didn’t Look Like He Could Bat: Anrich Nortje’s First Impression On CSK Skipper
Anrich Nortje recalled bowling to MS Dhoni in a net session in 2010 (BCCI/IPL)

New Delhi: South Africa fast bowler Anrich Nortje recalled bowling to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the first time during the 2010 Champions League hosted by South Africa and thought that he didn’t know how to bat. Dhoni was not known for using his feet too much while batting and that made Nortje believe that he was not someone who knew how to bat.

“I remember bowling to MS in the nets there, didn’t look like he wanted to be there, didn’t look like he could bat, to be honest. But I didn’t realize it was him. He was hitting a couple of balls almost standing still not using any feet as he does (chuckles),” Nortje said on the Grade Cricketer’s YouTube channel.

“I actually think that everyone was trying to block everything… they were just trying to get their eye in at the start I think,” Anrich Nortje added.

Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings won the second instalment of the 2010 edition of the Champions League T20.

Before making a mark in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Nortje’s first real taste of the cash-rich Indian league came with the CSK unit as a net bowler. The South African seamer is now a known face at the international level and has been a vital cog in the Delhi Capitals set up playing under Shreyas Iyer. Nortje was also one of the leading wicket-takers for the Delhi Capitals in the last season of the IPL. He took 22 wickets in 16 matches.