2007 has a special place for Indian cricket fans. Although India had an underwhelming Cricket World Cup, they came out against all odds to lift the inaugural T20 World Cup. It was also the year when Virat Kohli first came into limelight in the U-19 World Cup. But most importantly, 2007 had officially marked the beginning of MS Dhoni era in Indian cricket. And it is hard to believe it has been over a year since a young Indian team led by a long haired MS Dhoni lifted the T20 World Cup.
And when you think about that World Cup, there are probably two things (among many others) that stand out. Of course, Sreeshant juggling the ball and finally holding on to it to dismiss Misbah-ul-Haq will always flash across your mind. But the tournament had already seen an India Pakistan encounter before the finals which was equally fascinating to watch if not more. The match, in the group stage staged a “bowl out” for the first time in international cricket. Many can still remember the likes of Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag and Robin Uthappa coming on to bowl in the pressure situation.
Talking about the famous incident in a recent interview by MasterCard India, MS Dhoni, the winning captain of that match revealed that the team actually practiced the ‘bowl out’, but as a fun session.
“I remember we would go for practice. Before every practice session, we would practice ‘Bowl Out’ before or after the warm-up. We said it very clear it is for fun but at the same time, whoever hits the wicket most number of times, we will use him if the situation arises,” Dhoni said.
In the interview, Dhoni, who is also associated to as “captain cool”, was asked about the secret of his calmness, to which he admitted of facing the frustrations as everyone else, but also added that it was important to think of what mattered.
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