Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has finally revealed the reason why he promoted himself ahead of Yuvraj Singh in the batting line-up in the final of ICC World Cup 2011 against Sri Lanka.
Riding on Mahela Jayawardene’s brilliant century, Sri Lanka had posted 274 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their allotted 50 overs. Chasing the Mammoth total, India lost two early wickets in the form of batting great Sachin Tendulkar and explosive batsman Rohit Sharma. However, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli stabilised Indian innings. And after Kohli departed, MS Dhoni promoted himself ahead of Yuvraj Singh and sealed the match with a 109-run stand with Gautam Gambhir.
Though MS Dhoni’s move had paid off well for India, it left a lot of fans confused as Yuvraj was in great form.
On Thursday, on the sidelines of the launch of MS Dhoni Residential Cricket Academy in Dongargaon, the wicket-keeper batsman finally revealed the reason behind his move. “I knew most of the bowlers of Sri Lanka as they were part of the Chennai Super Kings earlier. I promoted myself because Muralitharan was bowling at that time. I have played him a lot in the CSK nets and I was confident that I will be able to score runs freely against him. That was one of the main reasons why I pushed myself up the order during the final,” said Dhoni.
Speaking about Indian selectors’ perspective about keeper skipper, MS Dhoni said, “Before me, selectors were quite reluctant to make stumper as captain saying he will be burdened too much. But I changed their view with my successful tenure as the captain. ‘Keeper is in the best position to help any captain analyse the match. He is very close to the action and can accordingly guide the team leader about many things. He is an asset for any captain. He can release the burden on the captain with his inputs.”