Former Indian player Robin Uthappa has become nostalgic about the match between India and Pakistan in the first World T20 tournament in 2007 and said he was approaching MS Dhoni he said he wanted to bowl during the outing to decide the winner of the match after both teams finished on the same score.
In the childhood of T20 cricket, instead of the now prevailing super-agreement, there were regular kick-off matches to determine the winner of the match and each team nominated five players to bowl one ball on unguarded stumps and the teams that stumps would strike most times. won it. It was like the penalty goals in football or hockey.
The match is epic and is remembered by all Indian cricket fans as it was the first meeting of India and Pakistan during the T20 World Cup played in South Africa. The seesaw match was also the debut of MS Dhoni as the captain of India, after their first meeting against Scotland was washed out.
Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik won the toss and decided to bowl first and keep India at just 141/9. Robin Uthappa beat the bat by 50, while MS Dhoni made 33 and Irfan Pathan 20.
When we knew it was a ‘come out’, I went straight to MS (Dhoni), and I said, ‘Bro, I’m To Bowl: Robin Uthappa
In response, Misbah makes Ul Haq 53 and almost takes the Pakistan team past the finish line, but hits on the last ball of the 20ste of Pakistan’s innings with the score 141/7 and the match was a draw. Now the winner of the match must be determined by means of a pickup.
Robin Uthappa was one of five players selected by the team to target the stumps. The stylish batsman remembers how he approached Dhoni after the match ended in a draw and asked the captain to give him a chance during the kick-off. Uthappa remembers the same in a video posted by Chennai Super Kings’ Instagram handle.
‘I remember after we leveled the game, we went to the locker room and learned it was a’ pickup ‘, I went straight to MS (Dhoni) and I said’ Bro, I have to bowl ‘, and he does not even hit an eyelid. He just said yes, ok, you will bowl. And for me, when I look back on it, I let myself understand what kind of leader he was. He’s the kind of man when he’s really sure about your skills and your own abilities, he supports it. And he supported it in his first game as captain, “ Uthappa said.
I just knew I was going to hit the stumps: Robin Uthappa
Uthappa further said as Venkatesh Prasad, the bowling coach, had all the Indian players practice hitting unattended stumps during nets, that he was confident he would get a shot for the team and therefore raise his hand.
He said: ‘I just knew I was going to hit the stumps because Venky (Venkatesh Prasad), who was our bowling coach at the time, let us practice in the warm-ups. In that phase, I, Rohit, Viru (Virender Sehwag) hit it regularly, so I raise my hand and say I have to bowl, and he says ‘bake’. The reaction was spontaneous. ”
As it turns out, India beat Pakistan 3-0. Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Uthappa hit the stumps with precision, while Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi missed for Pakistan.