If an Indian Cricket Team fan is asked about the memories that haunt him/her, the list will be a long one. But on top of that will be Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s run out during the 2019 World Cup semifinal. Every Indian fan vividly remembers how Dhoni was inches short of his crease when a throw from Martin Guptill hit the stumps.
Even Dhoni himself rues not diving to save his wicket. Had the wicketkeeper batter stayed there till the end, the story could have been a little different. Nevertheless, it did not happen and India bowed out of the tournament after losing to the Kiwis. While there was devastation in the Indian camp, there was elation in the New Zealand camp.
Everyone from the fans to the players knew that was the game for New Zealand. Now, as Team India prepare to take on New Zealand in a white-ball series, the broadcasters took the Kiwis down memory lane and asked them to recall how that famous run out transpired. Captain Kane Williamson, wicketkeeper Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Tim Southee, and Kyle Jamieson spoke about the thoughts they were having in their minds.
Williamson said that it was a pivotal point in the game while Latham said that he was just hoping that hits the stumps as no one was there to collect the ball. The New Zealand captain also said that it was a turning point in the game as everyone knew India had a chance till Dhoni was in the middle.
Notably, India lost the game by 18 runs and were knocked out of the tournament. With this, the Men in Blues’ dream to lift the World Cup title after eight years was also crushed.
Coming to the upcoming white-ball series, the two teams will play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is between 18-30 November.