MSD would've taken the responsibility had India lost the World T20 final: Joginder Sharma

MSD would’ve taken the responsibility had India lost the World T20 final: Joginder Sharma

If you have noticed, I had a slight pause in my action and when Misbah was making his shuffle: Joginder

Joginder Sharma
Joginder Sharma. (© Getty Images)

Former T20 specialist, Joginder Sharma, finally revealed about the words spoken by MS Dhoni prior to the final over of the T20 World Cup final against Pakistan. Joginder disclosed that MS Dhoni would have taken the responsibility had India lost the World T20 final of 2007.

It is the very same day, a decade back when India lifted the inaugural World T20 held in South Africa after beating arch-rivals, Pakistan by a narrow margin of 5 runs. The option of going in with Sharma in the final over proved to be a masterstroke from MS Dhoni.

This was the very first assignment of MSD as captain of the Indian team. This victory embarked a legendary journey of Dhoni- the captain, as he further led the Indians to clinch the World Cup of 2011, Champions Trophy of 2013, number 1 ranking in Tests and two IPL titles with Chennai Super Kings.

 

“The best thing about Mahi during that over was that he told me that if we lose, he would take the responsibility. He asked me to be relaxed and give it my best, even if it was by a margin by one run, we would win, he kept saying,” commented Joginder Sharma according to Cricbuzz.

“If you have noticed, I had a slight pause in my action and when Misbah was making his shuffle to play the scoop shot, I was just about to take my leap ahead of the delivery stride. I thought I had enough time to slow my delivery down and follow him. I am glad, in fact, the entire nation is glad, that it came off well,” further added the medium fast bowler.

After putting on a competitive total, India took the game away from Pakistan by picking up wickets at regular intervals in the finals of the T20 World Cup. However, Misbah ul Haq and Sohail Tanvir took the game down to the wire but eventually fell short by just five runs.