Robin Uthappa reveals how MS Dhoni’s smart idea helped India in the bowl out vs Pakistan in the 2007 T20 World Cup

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The 2007 World T20 victory will forever be etched in the psyche of Indian cricket fans. The unfancied Indian team was up against it as the seniors had decided to pull out of the event. Led by a young first time captain, absolutely no one was giving the Indian team a chance of getting their hands on the trophy.

Perhaps the most entertaining game in that tournament was India’s first match of the event against Pakistan where the result had to be decided via a ‘bowl-out’ since the scores were tied. When Misbah-ul-Haq brought Pakistan back into the game from nowhere to a situation when they needed a solitary run off the last two balls, it was all over.

Just somehow, Sreesanth managed to slip in a dot ball in the penultimate delivery of the regular game and then Misbah-ul-Haq got run out to take the match into a tie-breaker. India went for an unconventional approach in the ‘bowl-out’ by opting for bowlers with shorter run ups rather than use their main bowlers.

Robin Uthappa takes a bow, India v Pakistan, Group D, ICC World ...
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Hence, Robin Uthappa who has bowled just 2 deliveries in International cricket apart from that bowl-out delivery was also given a go by MS Dhoni. In the end India defeated Pakistan by a margin 3-0 as all thee Pakistani bowlers missed the stumps. Robin Uthappa revealed how one smart move from the Indian captain helped them come out on top against their arch-rivals.

“One of the things that MS [Dhoni] did really well, and that he did different from what the Pakistan ‘keeper did was, where he stood behind the stumps,” Uthappa was quoted as saying on Rajasthan Royals’ podcast with New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi. “The 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,” he added.

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