On chasing after 275, India were in a difficult situation at 114/3 when the match could turn in both directions. India have the man in form, Yuvraj Singh, who would come in next. However, everyone remains surprised when the skipper steps out at number 5.
MS Dhoni, who has had the highest score of 34 in the tournament so far, has entered into a stabilizing partnership with Gautam Gambhir, who was bowled out for 97. Dhoni then played attacking cricket in the final phase of the chase and remained unbeaten on 91 off 79 balls. while completing the game with his maximum brand.
Muttiah Muralitharan explains that it was the threat of his bowling against Yuvraj that forced Dhoni to promote himself. He also claimed that Dhoni understood his bowling during their time at the Chennai Super Kings.
‘I would say Dhoni read it towards the end when I bowled for him in Chennai. I remember in the World Cup Yuvraj had no idea. He was supposed to come, but I think because of me Dhoni came (before Yuvraj), “Muttiah Muralitharan told ESPNCricinfo.
Muttiah Muralitharan talks about players who could read his Doosra
The legendary spinner talks about the players who could read his variation of the Doosra to some extent. He said that people like Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambir, Kumar Sangakkara, can read his Doosra, while most others cannot.
“Sachin (Tendulkar) definitely read it. I thought Rahul (Dravid) didn’t read it that well. (VVS) Laxman reads it as well as (Gautam Gambir) Gambhir. (Virender) Sehwag I do not know if he read it all the time.
“When I roll the box, I do not use the seam. So, with the seam, you can not see it; you will have to see it on my wrist. Among the Sri Lankan players (Kumar) Sangakkara, Mahela (Jayawardene), Aravind de Silva, Marvan Atapattu read it. (Tilakaratne) Dilshan never had an idea, ‘he added.
Following the 2011 World Cup, Muttiah Muralitharan emerges from international cricket as the leading wicketkeeper in Tests and ODIs. He has bagged more than 1,300 scalpels in the international arena.