MS Dhoni reveals why he promoted himself above Yuvraj Singh in ICC World Cup 2011 final

Updated on Nov 23, 2018 02:10 PM IST

MS Dhoni decided to promote himself ahead of Yuvraj Singh in the ICC World Cup 2011 final against Sri Lanka and sealed the match with a 109-run stand for the fourth wicket.

MS Dhoni guided India to the ICC World Cup title in 2011.(Twitter)
MS Dhoni guided India to the ICC World Cup title in 2011.(Twitter)
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

The ICC World Cup 2011 final against Sri Lanka is a special moment for every Indian cricket team fan as MS Dhoni & Co defeated their opponents to claim the second World Cup title for the country.

Batting first, Sri Lanka were 274/6 after 50 overs thanks to a brilliant knock from Mahela Jayawardene who scored 103 runs. In reply, India lost the wickets of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early and it was only thanks to Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli that they were able to steady the innings. After Kohli lost his wicket, Dhoni decided to promote himself ahead of Yuvraj Singh and sealed the match with a 109-run stand for the fourth wicket.

The move left a lot of fans confused as Yuvraj was in great form ahead of the summit clash and at an event on Thursday, Dhoni finally revealed the reason behind his decision.

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“I knew most of the bowlers of Sri Lanka as they were part of the Chennai Super Kings earlier. I promoted myself because Muralitharan was bowling at that time. I have played him a lot in the CSK nets and I was confident that I will be able to score runs freely against him. That was one of the main reasons why I pushed myself up the order during the final,” said Dhoni on the sidelines of the launch of MS Dhoni Residential Cricket Academy in Dongargaon.

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Dhoni also said that thanks to his immense success as a captain, the Indian selectors were forced to change their perception towards wicket-keepers as they thought that they do not make good skippers.

“Before me, selectors were quite reluctant to make stumper as captain saying he will be burdened too much. But I changed their view with my successful tenure as the captain. ‘Keeper is in the best position to help any captain analyse the match. He is very close to the action and can accordingly guide the team leader about many things. He is an asset for any captain. He can release the burden on the captain with his inputs,” said Dhoni.

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