Indian batsman Robin Uthappa has shed light on MS Dhoni’s contribution in the bowl out triumph against Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007. The bowl out remains to be one of the most cherished moments in the Indian team’s world cup journey.
The bowl out was introduced during the 2007 T20 world cup. It was used as a tool to come to a result in case of a tie. The first bowl out of the tournament took place in a group game between arch-rival, India and Pakistan. Team India won it comprehensively using non-regular bowlers in the process.
Now, one of the bowlers who hit the stumps for India, Robin Uthappa has revealed how former Indian skipper MS Dhoni played a key role for India in winning the bowl out.
Robin Uthappa Sheds Light On MS Dhoni’s Contribution In Winning The Bowl Out
Revealing more about Dhoni’s tactics and how it helped India win, Robin Uthappa told Ish Sodhi during Rajasthan Royals’ podcast, “One of the things that MS Dhoni did really well, and that he did differently from what Pakistan ‘keeper did was, where he stood behind the stumps. 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,” Robin Uthappa added.
Team India Nailed The Bowl Out Against Pakistan
Both India and Pakistan managed 141 runs each in their allotted 20 overs, and the match went into the bowl-out. It was later revealed that Team India had practised the bowl out in their training sessions, unlike Pakistan, which led to their victory.
Indians started the proceedings with Virender Sehwag, who was right on the money to bag the first point for India. Pakistan began with Yasir Arafat, who missed his radar completely. Indian turned to Harbhajan Singh for the second turn who did it with utmost grace and sent Pakistan on the backfoot.
This time, Pakistan sent their best man Umar Gul to do the job. However, he missed it by a country mile giving India a great advantage. Surprisingly, India opted for Uthappa in the third shot, who did it with perfection. As was the final chance to compete, Pakistan asked Shahid Afridi to do the job. However, he too ended up missing the stumps, thus giving India a memorable victory.