On this day in 2007, we saw how MS Dhoni’s masterstroke led India to win the T20 World Cup in South Africa. Dhoni’s cool tactics and master strategy were spotted on as India rallied against odds to lift the trophy. 13 years back India outclassed Pakistan in a last-over thriller in the T20 World Cup final.
Young Squad under New Captaincy
The format was not familiar and most players were young. The young team under the new captaincy went about playing a fearless brand of cricket that shocked and awed people from across the globe.
The Earliest Glimpse of Captain Cool
Dhoni’s first tryst with the captain’s armband and he took to the responsibility like a duck takes to water. From picking Yusuf Pathan, a debutant, to open the innings in the final to giving the ball to unknown bowlers like Joginder Sharma at crucial junctures, one just couldn’t get enough of Dhoni the skipper.
Tie & Bowl-Out Moment
During the T20 World cup team India’s first completed game of the tournament against arch-rivals Pakistan which ended in a tie. The winner was decided through a bowl-out.
The bowl out was similar to the format used in some football or hockey matches when a drawn game is decided by a penalty shootout in which both teams are given 5 chances each to score.
In the bowl out, India went ahead with some unusual choices. MS Dhoni’s men only opted for only one specialist bowler, Harbhajan Singh, and went with two part-timers Virender Sehwag and Robin Uthappa.
Whereas, Pakistan chose to go with Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul, and Shahid Afridi, who were specialist bowlers. Pakistan players failed to hit the stumps even once as India won the bowl out 3-0. And the victory journey of T20 world cup started
Yuvraj’s 6 Sixes
No one could have imagined the kind of destructive ability that Yuvraj possessed – something that came into the limelight during India’s victorious campaign.
It started with Andrew Flintoff’s sledging and Yuvraj took it out on Broad. By the time he ended his carnage, he had already emerged as the batsman to score the fastest fifty in T20 internationals. Yuvraj Singh slammed iconic 6 sixes in an over off Stuart Broad and this is one of the best memories in 2007 World T20.
The Dhoni’s Masterstroke in 2007 T20 World Cup
The final match in Johannesburg was the blockbuster that the sport needed for a T20 revolution. India made 157 and had Pakistan reeling at 77 for 6.
Though it looked game over for Pakistan, Misbah-ul-Haq played one of the most memorable knocks in the final match of the T20 world cup.
He single-handedly took the team close to the target and even looked set to take them past the finish line. Misbah made things difficult for Dhoni as he had smashed India’s lead spinner Harbhajan Singh.
With 13 to defend in the last over, Dhoni had the option of going back to his load spinner. Instead, he threw the ball to Sharma, who was playing his 1st major tournament for India. Misbah got the equation down to 6 from 4. But a moment of madness from the Pakistan captain handed the T20 tile to India.
Although Dhoni’s decision to hand Joginder the final over might seem instinctive, the then cool captain had used the medium-pacer in crunch situations, earlier in the tournament. There was always a secret in his strategies.
After 24 years, world-cup comes home. The Indian team had come with winning a world cup in 1983.
Later in 2003, Sourav Ganguly and his boys marched to the finals but were beaten by the Kangaroo team.
4 years later, a young fresh team won the first T20 world cup and it was a watershed moment in the history of Indian cricket. There are a number of more reasons why every cricket fan has fresh memories of the T20 world cup.