Virender Sehwag Reveals the Man Behind the 2011 World Cup Tactics
Former India cricketer, Virender Sehwag went down the memory lane recently. During a chat show, ‘Cricket Ki Baat’, the India TV cricket expert revealed the main reason behind the tactical changes during the 2011 World Cup.
India became the first nation to win a World Cup at home. The MS Dhoni-led side beat Sri Lanka in the finals by six wickets.
Sehwag said it was Sachin Tendulkar who suggested Dhoni to bat up the order after the dismissal of Virat Kohli. The game was evenly poised, but a match-winning 109-run stand between Gautam Gambhir and Dhoni took the game away from the Lankans.
Gambhir missed his ton by mere three runs while Dhoni remained unbeaten on 91*.
“Sachin Tendulkar told MS Dhoni, if a righty gets out, then go for a righty and if a lefty gets out, go for a lefty. And then Virat Kohli got out, and in place of him, MS Dhoni went to bat, and that’s why Yuvraj Singh didn’t play at number 4 despite being in good form,” Sehwag explained.
However, Dhoni finished the game in style with a six. All-rounder Yuvraj Singh was adjudged the man of the series for his impressive performance with the bat and ball. It was Tendulkar’s last World Cup, as he received rousing applauds from the spectators in Mumbai.
However, Virender Sehwag recently criticised the Indian side for their hapless performance in England. The visitors lost the series by a margin of 1-4. Apart from Virat Kohli, no other batsman stepped up on the gas for India. The bowling though was impressive, especially the pace department.
As of now, India would take part in Asia Cup 2018 in the UAE, starting September 15th. India would face Hong Kong on September 18th before taking on Pakistan the next day.
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