Chasing 275, India found themselves in a tricky situation at 114/3 when the game could turn either way. India had the man in form, Yuvraj Singh to come in next. However, everyone was left surprised when the skipper walked out at number 5.
MS Dhoni, who had the highest score of 34 in the tournament till then, forged a stabilising partnership with Gautam Gambhir, who got out for 97. Dhoni then played attacking cricket in the final phase of the chase and remained unbeaten on 91 off 79 balls while finishing the game with his trademark maximum.
Muttiah Muralitharan explains that it was the threat of his bowling against Yuvraj that forced Dhoni to promote himself. He also asserted that Dhoni had understood his bowling during their time together at the Chennai Super Kings.
“I would say Dhoni read it towards the end when I was bowling to him in Chennai. I remember in the World Cup, Yuvraj didn’t have a clue on me. He was supposed to come but I think because of me Dhoni came (ahead of Yuvraj),” Muttiah Muralitharan said on ESPNCricinfo.
Muttiah Muralitharan talks about players who could read his Doosra
The legendary spinner talks about the players who were able to read, to an extent, his variation of the Doosra. He said the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambir, Kumar Sangakkara, could read his Doosra, while most others couldn’t.
“Sachin (Tendulkar) definitely read it. I thought Rahul (Dravid) didn’t read it that well. (VVS) Laxman read it as well as (Gautam Gambir) Gambhir. (Virender) Sehwag I don’t know if he read it all the time.
“When I bowled the doosra, I didn’t use the seam. So with the seam, you can’t see it, you will have to see it from my wrist. Among the Sri Lankan players, (Kumar) Sangakkara, Mahela (Jayawardene), Aravind de Silva, Marvan Atapattu read it. (Tilakaratne) Dilshan never had a clue,” he added.
After the 2011 World Cup, Muttiah Muralitharan retired from international cricket as the leading wicket-taker in both Tests and ODIs. He bagged over 1300 scalps at the international arena.