In a classic India vs Pakistan game during the group stage encounter of the World Cup 2007, the match was decided by a bowl out after a draw at the end of 20 overs. India vs Pakistan is always a stunning nail-biting game because of the 100 per cent efforts put by the players for the pride of their respective countries.
The match had ended in a tie after India’s 141-rum on the board was equalled by Pakistan and the match went for a bowl-out. Former Team India bowling all-rounder Irfan Pathan has revealed that the Pakistani cricket team had no idea of what a bowl out was, on the other hand, Team India was well prepared for it.
Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa remained successful in hitting the stumps while Pakistan’s Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi couldn’t hit the stumps. Following this, India won the epic bowl-out with the scoreline of 3-0.
India Were Well Prepared For The Bowl Out Says Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa scored 50 off 39 balls in the pressure-cooker game against Pakistan. The match was equally competitive between the two sides as Pakistan managed to put 141 on the board. The difference came when the match went on to a bowl out as India were well prepared for it, while the Pakistan team was caught off guard.
“Before every practice, we used to play a game after warm-up, so what Venky (Venkatesh Prasad) did was instead of playing football, he said let’s play bowl out (batsman vs bowlers). Among the batsmen, Sehwag, Rohit and me used to get a hit very often,” Robin Uthappa told on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
The Credits Go To MS Dhoni Says Robin Uthappa
MS Dhoni was newly named the captain of Team India and had a big responsibility on his shoulders, to lead the side in the inaugural T20 World Cup held in South Africa. Robin Uthappa says he has to credit MS Dhoni for the big decisions he had to make which earned them the World Cup triumph.
I have to give credit to MS Dhoni at that point of time. At a very young age, in his first tournament and his first game as captain, a guy went up to him, his teammate went up to him saying, who is a non-bowler and is not his main skill, went up to him and said, ‘I have to bowl and I am going to hit the stumps,’ and I swear he (Dhoni) didn’t even bat an eyelid and said, ‘ok bowl,’” Uthappa said.
Team India went on to win the World Cup beating Pakistan in the finals at Wanderers in Johannesburg by five runs. Gautam Gambhir scored 75 runs as India put a score of 157-5. The other Indian batsmen fell cheaply, with Rohit Sharma the second-highest scorer, reaching 30 not out.
In response, Misbah-ul-Haq was the top scorer for Pakistan with 43 runs as they neared the Indian total, but wickets fell quickly as R P Singh took three for 26 and Irfan Pathan took three for 16 — to set up a tense finish. Pakistan were bowled out in the final over, to fall five runs short of India. Also, Pathan was named the Man of the Match for his brilliant display with the ball in hand.