After a humiliating exit from the ODI World Cup, Team India won the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup under the leadership of legendary captain MS Dhoni in the inaugural edition in 2007. Former Indian pacer RP Singh revealed an interesting story about their preparation for the bowl-out session at the marquee event.
India beat archrival Pakistan by bowl-out in the group match after the game had ended in a tie. Before the super over was introduced and the result of the match was decided by a bowl-out, the team with the most hits after five attempts was declared the winner. The Men in Blue just needed three attempts to register a historic win.
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Rudra Pratap Singh explained why Dhoni started with Virender Sehwag instead of the main bowlers. The left-arm pacer said that every player in the team had to bowl six balls after the day’s practice, and Sehwag had a 100 percent success rate in hitting the stumps.
“We didn’t pay much attention to it (before the Pakistan game). But after every practice session, Lalchand Rajpoot and MS Dhoni used to give balls to everyone to bowl six balls at the stumps. Dhoni and Rajpoot used to note who had hit the wickets most. And Virender Sehwag actually had the 100 percent strike rate in that. That’s why he was given the first ball. We had to build the pressure right from the start,” RP Singh said.
“There were two others who had also been selected for the bowl-out, but they didn’t need to bowl there. They were Irfan Pathan and Sreesanth. I wasn’t there!” RP Singh further revealed during his commentary stint during SAT20 league.
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India nominated Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Robin Uthappa, Sreesanth, and Ifran Pathan, while Pakistan’s five players are Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, and Mohammad Asif. Sehwag, Harbhajan, and Uthappa made successful attempts to hit the stumps, while the Pakistan bowlers failed on three occasions.
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