When the match between India and Pakistan in the 2007 T20 World Cup went into a bowl-out — the prevalent method of deciding tied T20s before the Super Over — it was a piece of street-smartness by wicketkeeper MS Dhoni that took India to victory, said Robin Uthappa.
Uthappa, one of the five bowlers delegated by India in their first ever taste of the bowl-out, said Dhoni did something that Pakistan wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal did not do, thus making it very easy for the Indian bowlers to hit the stumps.
Speaking on a Rajasthan Royals podcast with New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi, Uthappa said, “One of the things that MS Dhoni did really well that night, and that he did different from what the Pakistan keeper did, was where he stood behind the stumps.”
“The Pakistan keeper (Kamran Akmal) was standing where a keeper usually stands. A few feet back and besides the stump — just alongside the stump. But MS was (sitting) right behind the stumps and that made it so much easier for us. We just had to bowl at MS and it gave us the best chance to hit the wickets. That’s all we did.”
Pakistan, who picked most of their regular bowlers for the bowl-out, did not have much luck, with the first three – Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi – all missing the stumps. India went for Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Uthappa, all of whom struck the stumps.