After failing to score big in the run-up to the World Cup summit clash against Sri Lanka here, India skipper MS Dhoni resembled a “bomb about to explode” ahead of the final, teammate and ‘Man of the Tournament’ Yuvraj Singh has said.
“He (Dhoni) was not getting big scores in the tournament, but he kept working hard, and did not miss a single practice session. Watching him in the nets gave one the impression that he was a ‘bomb about to explode’,” Yuvraj wrote in the Cricket Board's latest quarterly newsletter dedicated to India's World Cup triumph.
“Looking back, I am glad he ‘exploded’ in the final, and not earlier! He went in ahead of me in that game, but that was purely to keep the left-right combination going in the middle. He had a point to prove and he played an innings of a lifetime,” the left-handed big-hitter said.
Dhoni went in ahead of Yuvraj when the final was on a knife-edge at the Wankhede Stadium with India at 114 for 3 in the 22nd over chasing a target of 275.
The skipper, in the company of Gautam Gambhir (96) and then Yuvraj (21 not out), smashed an unconquered 91 to power India to victory. Yuvraj wrote in the article that the Ranchi-born captain takes to “pressure like a fish to water” and that he was lucky to “have the best view of the captain's winning hit”.
“The defeat against South Africa was the turning point of our campaign. Our batting and fielding was disappointing in that game, and we worked hard on both areas over the next few days,” he wrote.
Recalling the great Indian run to the title, Dhoni wrote that the victory over Australia at Ahmedabad was the turnaround for his team.
“D-day was 24 March, when we took on the defending champions in the quarterfinal. We restricted the Aussies to a gettable score, and then our batsmen did a professional job,” he wrote.