Former India allrounder Irfan Pathan has recalled the famous bowl out between India and Pakistan in the 2007 T20 World Cup. The first-ever T20I between the arch-rivals ended in a thrilling draw. After India ended their innings on 141 for 9, Pakistan ended up on 141 for 7.
The game was then decided by the first-ever bowl out in an ICC tournament. And India aced the bowl out. For India, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa hit the stumps while for Pakistan, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi all missed by a fair distance.
Recalling the bowl out, Irfan Pathan stated that Pakistan players had no idea about what to do in the bowl out and how to hit the stumps. In fact, former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik had admitted after the game that they were confused about how to hit the stumps.
“Pakistan captain (Shoaib Malik) even accepted this in the press conference that we didn’t know what to do. That’s why when the time came for a bowl out, they had no idea whether to bowl from full run-up or half run-up,” said Irfan Pathan on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
“On the other hand, we were fully ready and prepared and the result was clear there was no contest between the two teams. It was a thrilling match with both teams fighting hard but when it came to the bowl out, the game tilted towards India,” he added.
India and Pakistan went on to meet once again in the tournament and it was the final. And once again, the Men in Blue beat the Men in Green to become the first-ever champions of the T20 World Cup.