Team India won the inaugural T20 World Cup held in 2007 under the leadership of a new captain Mahender Singh Dhoni.
Hero of the final match, Joginder Sharma once said that he was excited when Dhoni gave him the last over against Pakistan. He said Dhoni had asked him to not worry about anything after he conceded seven runs in the first two balls of the decisive over.
Recalling those anxious moments in Johannesburg, the Haryana medium-pacer spoke to Cricketnext about how eager he was for Dhoni to give him the ball.
How would you describe the 2007 experience?
“I still get goose bumps when I recall those moments. It was an incredible feat for the Indian cricket team. We all performed in a group. We outplayed Pakistan in that match. Though the match was seemed going from our hands, we didn’t lack confidence. We were confident that we will win. The entire credit goes to Dhoni’s captaincy.”
What about Dhoni’s captaincy? Do you see any difference in Dhoni from then and now?
“MS Dhoni is a talented batsman and a great finisher. He stays cool whatever the situation is. He is always positive, and that reflects in his decision-making. I would say Indian cricket is lucky to have a skipper like him. He is a person with the Midas touch. Due to him, India have got two World Cup titles (World Twenty20 and World Cup). I am sure he will do it again for India.”
Many believed that Misbah played the wrong shot with just six runs required off the last four balls. But it was probably the only shot which went wrong for him. Not to forget, Pakistan were wobbling at one stage and it was Misbah’s innings which got them into a winning position.
MS Dhoni was a relieved man as he preferred the unexperienced Joginder over Harbhajan Singh, who had one over remaining. It was also the first ICC trophy won by India under Mahi’s leadership.