With the release of MS Dhoni‘s biopic, ‘M.S. Dhoni : The Untold Story’, many untold truths of India’s current limited overs captain has been revealed.
One of the truth as shown in the starting of the movie is of why MS Dhoni batted ahead of Yuvraj Singh in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Final.
We all know that in the biggest ODI tournament Dhoni hadn’t done his best with the bat as he had scored just 150 runs in the eight matches before the big final which was played at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Yuvi was the star performer of the tournament as he scored with the bat and also picked crucial wickets for Team India with the bowl.
In the movie, the details about why Dhoni took this decision of promoting himself ahead of Yuvi has been showcased and here are the dialogues from that particular scene.
“MS Dhoni: Excuse me, Gary. If a wicket goes down, I think I should go in.
Gary Kirsten: But, Yuvi is padded up and ready.
Dhoni: No, it’s Murali, I think I should go in.
Gary Kirsten: You sure?
Dhoni: Just, tell him (Yuvraj), I will go.”
Therefore, we can say that MS Dhoni batted before Yuvraj, since he didn’t want to expose the left-hander before the Sri Lankan legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who was playing his last ODI World Cup.
Meanwhile, India Cricket team’s mental conditioning coach during the World Cup 2011, Paddy Upton, in an interview was quoted by Cricket Country saying: “Dhoni’s choice to go ahead of Yuvi was nothing short of a masterstroke. An excellent example of his gut-feel for the game.
“Yuvi (Yuvraj) had delivered so many great performances. He possibly had used up a lot of his mental energy, and his energy tanks were near empty. Dhoni’s were still pretty full, and he is possibly the best in the world game for taking on the high pressure to close a critical game for his team,” he added.
Upton also said that the moment he saw Dhoni walk out, he could sense what was about to happen. “When he walked out to bat, I turned to Gary Kirsten and said, “He’s going to go and fetch the World Cup for us,” he concluded.