MS Dhoni’s starting journey in the international cricket was like a dream for any cricketer. Every single decision he took went on to rewrite history during his hay days. MS Dhoni, famously known as the man with Midas touch, led team India to their maiden T20 World Cup in 2007.
Robin Uthappa, who was part of the World cup winning team, credited MS Dhoni for winning the inaugural edition of the World T20. Going down the memory lane, Uthappa collected the moments of the famous ball-out in a league match against the arch-rivals Pakistan.
Chasing a modest target of 142, Pakistan could not cross the finish line courtesy a last ball run-out to end up with 141 on the board. According to the regulations, the umpires called for a ball-out to decide the winning team and that’s where Dhoni used his shrewdness to win the game for India.
Uthappa in his entire international career, has not bowled more than three balls. And for anyone’s wild guess, one of them was the ball that sealed the ball-out in favour of India. Remembering the incident, the Karnataka-born revealed that Dhoni stood right behind the stumps and asked the bowlers to hit the ball in his line and that helped the ballers massively in the pressure situation.
“One of the things that MS [Dhoni] did really well, and that he did different from what the Pakistan ‘keeper did was, where he stood behind the stumps,” Uthappa was quoted as saying on Rajasthan Royals’ podcast with New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi.
On the other hand, Kamran Akmal, the Pakistan wicketkeeper did not alter his normal stance as all of Afridi, Arafat and Gul missed the aims to loose ball-out by 3-0. “The Pakistan ‘keeper (Kamran Akmal) was standing where a WK usually stands. A few feet back and besides the stump — just alongside the stump. But MS was (sitting) right behind the stumps and that made it so much easier for us. We just had to bowl at MS and it gave us the best chance to hit the wickets. That’s all we did,” he added.
Uthappa had a decent game with the bat as well, scoring 50 runs off 39 balls with four fours and a couple of sixes. It was just the starting of the tournament and a loss against their arch-rivals could have dented the confidence of players going into the deeper ends of the tournament. But, the Midas-man Dhoni stood tall against all-odds to hand India their maiden T20 World Cup.