The story behind the India’s thrilling win over Bangladesh in the World T20 2016.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a superstar in India and the global game. There is no dearth of respect for MS when it comes to his captaincy abilities. The quality that is admired by most is his ability to remain Buddha-like calm even under the most pressure-cooker situations. One such instance in his glorious captaincy career occurred against Bangladesh in the World T20 2016 competition held in India.
The Indians were under the pump and it was a must win game for them as a defeat would’ve been curtains for the home team as far as the prestigious competition was concerned. Who can forget the premature celebrations of Mushfiqur Rahim when Bangladesh needed 2 off 3 balls. Hardik Pandya was delivering the last over and got the equation down to 2 required off the last ball. This is when the zen like MS Dhoni turned to senior pro Ashish Nehra for advice and the experienced fast bowler came up with gold.
Nehra knew that even a tie wouldn’t have helped the Indians and therefore they couldn’t afford to give even a single run. Therefore, bowling a bouncer would prove counter productive as even if the batsman miss the ball, it would have taken longer for the ball to come to the wicket-keeper and the batsman would be able to steal a bye. Similarly, a yorker would just require the batsman to play it out and a single was there for the taking.
t was then that Nehra came up with the idea of trying a length ball, looking at the batsman and the situation at hand. Mahi calmly thought about it and agreed with his senior player and asked him to pass on the message to Hardik Pandya. And the rest, as they say, is history. India managed to pull off a miracle and emerged victorious, thus adding another feather to the Mahendra Singh Dhoni cap.