Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni revealed the reason to promote himself in the batting order against Sri Lanka in final of the World Cup 2011. In fact, Dhoni was not in the best of forms in the 2011 World Cup and it was a brave move to go in place of in-form Yuvraj Singh. However, India’s captain was able to play one of the crucial knocks in the folklore of Indian cricket.
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Meanwhile, it is well known MS Dhoni decided to bat at number five after Virat Kohli was brilliantly caught and bowled by Tillakaratne Dilshan. Dhoni wanted to keep the right-hand and left-hand batting combination going as Gautam Gambhir was going strong.
Dhoni played a fine knock in the World Cup final.
MS Dhoni said while talking at a function of his cricket academy in a video uploaded by CSK handler, “There are a lot of reasons but if have to tell, I will tell in brief one reason. Sri Lanka had the services of Muttiah Muralitharan at that time.
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Murali was part of Chennai Super Kings and as an Indian cricketer, I was the only who had played him most in the practice nets. So the chances were better that I could read him. However, this didn’t mean the other batsmen could not have read him. I was playing with Muralitharan from 2008 in CSK and so I had a lot of opportunities to play him in the nets”.
Dhoni move paid off as India went on to win their second World Cup title. The right-hander played a captain’s knock as he scored 92 runs off just 79 balls. The right-hander was involved in a crucial partnership with Gautam Gambhir who scored an imperative knock of 97 runs.
Meanwhile, Yuvraj Singh was in sublime form in the World Cup and everybody expected him to bat at number five position. However, Dhoni had better plans up his sleeves and was able to come good when it mattered in the most in the World Cup.
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Here is the video:
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