File photo of Ishwar Pandey with MS Dhoni© Instagram/Ishwar Pandey
Pacer Ishwar Pandey, who had a decent time in the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL), announced his retirement on Tuesday. The veteran of 75 first-class (263 wickets) and 58 List A matches (63 wickets) could never make it to the national side. In 2014, the right arm pacer was selected in the test squad for a Tour of New Zealand, but he played only one of the Tour games. In the IPL, Ishwar took 18 wickets in 25 matches during his stints with CSK, Rising Pune Supergiants and Pune Warriors.
While recalling the time he spent with MS Dhoni, Ishwar recalled a funny story in an interview with Dainik Bhaskar.
“Once we played against RCB in Bengaluru in the IPL and AB de Villiers came out to bat. Mahi bhai handed me the ball and instructed me not to bowl a yorker. I beat him in 3-4 pitches but was hit for a border on the fifth ball from the over With the last throw left I decided to bowl a yorker It turned out to be a low full toss but I managed to get de Villiers’ wicket on that throw.
“Dhoni then came up to me and scolded me for bowling a yorker. He then patted my back and asked me not to bowl him another yorker,” Pandey recalled.
After announcing his retirement, the pacesetter said things would have been different if MS Dhoni had given him a chance. “If Dhoni had given me a chance, my career would have been something different. I was 23-24 years old at the time and my fitness was great. If Dhoni had given me the chance to play for India and if I had performed, then my career would have been different,” Pandey told Dainik Bhaskar.
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