On This Day: Why MS Dhoni was sitting right behind the stumps during bowl-out against Pakistan in 2007 T20 World Cup?

The game against Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 was MS Dhoni's first game as the Men in Blue skipper.

Tanishq SharmaAuthor

Updated - 14 September 2022 06:25 PM

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15 years ago on September 14, Team India under MS Dhoni registered their maiden T20I victory at the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup 2007 in a remarkable fashion as they defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in a thrilling bowl-out after the two sides failed to settle for a result at the end of the two innings.

After the clash against Scotland was entirely abandoned following the toss, the game against Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2007 was MS Dhoni's first game as the Men in Blue skipper.

Robin Uthappa revealed MS Dhoni's moment of brilliance during the bowl-out as he said, "The Pakistan wicket keeper Kamran Akmal was standing where a WK usually stands, but MS Dhoni was sitting right behind the stumps that made it so much easier for us."

In the bowl-out, India beat Pakistan 3-0 as Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, and Robin Uthappa removed the bails for India, while not a single Pakistani player could hit the stumps.

Watch the India vs Pakistan bowl-out video here:

Shoaib Malik-led Pakistan opted to bowl first and restricted Team India on 141-9 in 20 overs as Mohammad Asif and Shahid Afridi picked four and two wickets, respectively, while Robin Uthappa (50) and MS Dhoni saved Indian innings after losing four wickets at 36. While chasing the target, Misbah-ul-Haq played a remarkable inning on 53 runs and tied India's score at the end of the 20 overs.

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