The jam-packed Wankhede crowd barely had come to grips with Virat Kohli’s dismissal towards the run of play once they have been despatched for an additional shock when India captain MS Dhoni made his manner into the centre as an alternative of Yuvraj Singh. India had misplaced their third wicket and it was all however confirmed that the in-form Yuvraj would stroll in at his ordinary No.5 place however as would destiny have it, Dhoni promoted himself and smashed an unbeaten 91 to assist India win the World Cup towards Sri Lanka in 2011.
A bit over 9 years since that fateful day in Mumbai, legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and former India opener Virender Sehwag revealed the thought course of behind immediately deciding to promote Dhoni as an alternative of Yuvraj.
“The partnership between Gautam and Virat was flourishing and we wanted to be a couple of steps ahead of the opposition. That’s when I told Viru … “if a left-hander (Gautam) gets out now, a left-hander (Yuvi) should go in, and if a right-hander (Virat) gets out, a right-hander (Dhoni) should go in. Yuvi was in tremendous form but Sri Lanka had two off-spinners going, so I thought a strategy change would work,” Tendulkar informed Times of India recalling the incident.
Reacting on the incident, Sehwag mentioned that transfer caught Sri Lanka fully off-guard in the final
“He was right. Left-right combination needed to continue. That change in strategy completely caught the Sri Lankans off guard,” mentioned Sehwag.
Explaining the rationale behind the choice, Sachin mentioned, he had informed Sehwag to run to downstairs and go on the suggestion.
“ There were two quality off-spinners in the attack so a left-hand, right-hand strategy made sense. Gautam was batting brilliantly and someone like Dhoni could’ve kept rotating the strike. So I told Viru, ‘tu overs ke beech mein sirf ye baat bahar jaake MS ko bol aur next over shuru hone se pehle waapis aaja. Main yahan se nahi hilne wala (Just go out into the balcony between the overs only to say this much to MS and come back fast before the next over begins. I’m not moving from here),” added Tendulkar.
“Before he could even complete his sentence, we saw MS walking into the dressing room. So, that’s when he (Sachin) repeated the same thing to MS, in front of me,” mentioned Sehwag.
“I asked MS to consider this strategy. He then went to Gary (Kirsten), who was sitting outside. Then Gary came in and all four of us got talking about it. Gary too agreed it was the right thing to do, given the attack on hand. MS also agreed and promoted himself up the order,” Tendulkar mentioned.
The choice turned out to be a masterstroke for India as Dhoni stitched the decisive partnership with Gautam Gambhir, who had scored 97 to give India the platform.
Dhoni completed the match with a six off Nuwan Kulasekara in the penultimate over of the match to ship the entire nation right into a frenzy.