Robin Uthappa Reveals How Dhoni’s Smartness Helped India Win 2007 Bowl Out Against Pakistan
Indian cricketer Robin Uthappa is known for his hard-hitting batting style and has played some memorable innings for the nation. He was also a part of the Indian team which won the T20 World Cup 2007 under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.
Robin Uthappa is not a bowler but he has bowled three balls in his international career; out of three, two balls were bowled in ODIs and one in a T20 match against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2007. The match was played at Durban, South Africa, and batting first, India managed to score 141 for the loss of 9 wickets so Pakistan had to score 142 to win the match. However, the Pakistani team was not able to cross the figure of 141 and the match went into bowl-out.
While the Pakistani bowlers weren’t able to hit the stumps even once, the Indian bowlers hit the stumps all the three times and India won the bowl-out by 3-0. It was Robin who bowled the third ball and recently, he revealed that it was Dhoni’s smartness that helped the bowlers in hitting the stumps.
During a podcast with New Zealand cricketer Ish Sodhi, Robin Uthappa revealed that while Pakistani wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal stood at the usual location of a wicketkeeper, MS Dhoni acted smart and sat right behind the wicket. Robin said that Dhoni made it easy for the bowlers as they only had to target Dhoni for hitting the stumps and that is what the bowlers did and India won the match.
In the match which was the first one to be won by the Indian team under Dhoni’s captaincy, Robin Uthappa scored a half century in 39 balls but the Player Of The Match was given to Mohammad Asif as he took four wickets.
Robin Uthappa plays for Kerala in the domestic cricket while in the IPL, he is a part of Rajasthan Royals (RR).