“It was not a question of line, of length. Mahi told me to…’: Joginder chats with Dhoni | locust
MS Dhoni is considered one of the finest captains to lead India in any format and his illustrious track record is testament to his leadership prowess. It was the 2007 World T20 that established Dhoni’s image as a reliable leader. After that, he won two more ICC trophies – 50-over World Cup 2011 and Champions Trophy 2013.
India had beaten Pakistan to be crowned the inaugural T20 World Champions and Dhoni backed up her instincts throughout the tournament, including the tense Joginder Sharma, where the average pace knocked down the 20th and took the team to a famous victory in five points. Misbah-ul-Haq, in fine form, hammered the second over delivery for a six, and India’s hopes of winning the match seemed slim. However, on the third delivery, Misbah went for a scoop shot to hand a simple grab to Sreesanth. The moment is still etched in the minds of fans as India won their first world title in 24 years.
Joginder recalled his conversation with Dhoni before the final run, where the skipper was unconcerned about the bowler’s line and length. In a video posted by Gujarat Giants, owned by Adani Sportsline, on social media, Joginder said Dhoni advised him not to be pressured.
“The discussion before the end of the final was not about the line and length I should play or my bowling strategy. Mahi told me not to be pressured. If we lose it’s on him .
“Even when Misbah hit me for a six on the second ball, we weren’t tense. At no time did we discuss what we should do. Just before we threw the third ball, I saw Misbah getting ready to play a scoop. So I changed the length and played a slower one. That’s why Misbah couldn’t hit it properly. Sreesanth got the hold and the rest, like they say, is history,” Joginder, who currently plays in Legends League Cricket (LLC), said.
India earlier edged out Pakistan in the tournament’s Group D clash, where the two teams battled to decide the winner. Players on either side aimed for the stumps, with India winning the bowl-out 3-0.
Both teams had an excellent run in the tournament heading into the final and topped their respective groups. In the final, the Indian team wrote a new chapter in cricketing history, as the team that traveled to South Africa and achieved unprecedented success was relatively inexperienced.
The 2007 World T20 win remains India’s only success in tournaments in over 20 years to date. Their best performances since then remain second in the 2014 edition and semi-finals in the 2016 edition.