MS Dhoni is one of the most successful captains of India and what makes him special is the fact that it was under his leadership that we won the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 World Cup as well.
The Indian team was given no chance of winning the 2007 T20 World Cup in the beginning of the tournament as it had a miserable ODI World Cup just few months ago and this team had no senior players. It was also Dhoni’s first tournament as a captain and the India team had played only one T20I before the tournament.
However, team India performed superbly under Dhoni and went on to win the T20 World Cup after defeating Pakistan in the finals. The catch taken by Sreesanth of Misbah-ul-Haq in the finals will always remain fresh in the memories of cricket fans. Recently, the Indian cricketer Robin Uthappa talked about that catch and why he feels that it was destiny that made them won the match and the tournament. The cricket fans are still not able to understand that why Misbah played a scoop shot when his team needed only 6 runs from 4 balls to win the match.
While talking in BBC’s program Doosra Podcast, Robin Uthappa said that he started praying to God from the 15th over of the Pakistan’s innings. Even in the last over when the match was mostly in Pakistan’s favour, he kept on praying and hoping for his team to win. Robin said that when Joginder Sharma was given the ball to bowl the last over, he prayed that Jogi did not bowl a wide which he did. He further said that after that he hoped that Misbah didn’t hit a six which he did, he still felt that they could win.
Talking about the scoop shot, Robin said that when Misbah hit the scoop shot, he saw that the ball was not going far but very high and then Uthappa saw who the fielder at short fine-leg was. It was S Sreesanth and by then, he was popular in the team for dropping the simplest catches. As per Robin, as he saw Sreesanth running for the catch, he started praying to God that Sree didn’t miss that catch, adding that he felt destiny made them win the match because even when the ball was in Sreesanth’s hands, he was still looking in the air.
Robin Uthappa plays for Kerala in the domestic cricket and he is also a part of the IPL team Rajasthan Royals.