After shedding the early wickets of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar of their lunge of 274 in opposition to Sri Lanka within the 2011 World Cup final, India steadied the ship thru a staunch partnership between Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir. When Kohli misplaced his wicket within the 22nd over, each person anticipated the in-originate Yuvraj Singh – who would later be named man of the match – to flow out to bat. But powerful to the surprise of the spectators and the opposition, it used to be captain MS Dhoni who got right here out to the middle as a replace.
The wicketkeeper-batsman had not proven gargantuan originate going into the World Cup final and the choice to advertise himself above the in-originate Yuvraj Singh gave the impact baffling at the time.
But the switch modified into out to be a masterstroke and MS Dhoni smashed 91 off staunch 79 deliveries to complement Gambhir’s 97 to attend India take the trophy for the 2nd time in historical past.
Tendulkar and Sehwag, talking to Cases of India, recalled how the team got right here up with that key decision to switch Dhoni up the repeat.
“The partnership between Gautam and Virat used to be flourishing and we wished to be a couple of steps earlier than the opposition. That’s once I advised Viru … ‘if a left-hander (Gautam) gets out now, a left-hander (Yuvi) must switch in, and if a accurate-hander (Virat) gets out, a accurate-hander (Dhoni) must switch in. Yuvi used to be in gargantuan originate however Sri Lanka had two off-spinners going, so I believed a strategy exchange would work,” Tendulkar said.
“He used to be accurate. Left-accurate mixture wished to continue. That exchange in strategy completely caught the Sri Lankans off guard,” Sehwag added.
“There had been two quality off-spinners within the assault so a left-hand, accurate-hand strategy made sense. Gautam used to be batting brilliantly and somebody handle Dhoni might perhaps’ve saved rotating the strike. So I advised Viru, ‘tu overs ke beech mein sirf ye baat bahar jaake MS ko bol aur subsequent over shuru hone se pehle waapis aaja. Predominant yahan se nahi hilne wala (Correct stir out into the balcony between the overs only to thunder this powerful to MS and near aid snappy earlier than the next over begins. I’m not transferring from right here),” added Tendulkar, showing he used to be no assorted to the TV spectators who bag not to switch from their jam when their team is doing successfully.
“Sooner than he might perhaps even total his sentence, we saw MS walking into the dressing room. So, that’s when he (Sachin) repeated the identical thing to MS, in front of me,” Sehwag said.
“I requested MS to defend in mind this strategy. He then went to Gary (Kirsten), who used to be sitting outside. Then Gary got right here in and all four of us got talking about it. Gary too agreed it used to be the accurate thing to attain, given the assault on hand. MS also agreed and promoted himself up the repeat,” Tendulkar said.
The decision paid off and India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets, with bigger than an over to spare.