New Delhi: Over the years, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has become an enigma, and more often than not, whatever he has touched has turned into gold. Today, we all know that the Indian skipper trusts his instinct under precarious circumstances, and it all began in the final of inagural edition of the ICC World T20, where he asked an unheralded Joginder Sharma to bowl the final over against Pakistan. The rest is history.
September 24, 2007: Thirteen runs were needed off the last six balls, and the Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who had brought his side back into the game, was on strike at Johhanesburg. But for India, it was only a matter of taking that one last wicket.
Details of the last over bowled by Joginder:
19.1: To make matters worse, Joginder, who was under pressure to bowl the decisive over, started off with a wide. It was a big wide bowled outside the off-stump and Dhoni immediately rushed to his bowler to calm his nerves.
12 needed from 6
19.1: The following delivery was a much better one from Joginder. It was full and pitched outside the off-stump. And Misbah went for his stroke but couldn't connect.
12 needed from 5
19.2: Joginder followed it with a full-toss with width on offer. Misbah was in position this time and he whacked it straight down the ground for a Six!
It was a huge hit under pressure from the Pakistan skipper. Misbah, who showed nerves of steel, was just one hit away from single-handedly winning the title for his side. The Indian fans were short of nails, and many had given away hopes. 6 needed from 4.
19.3: Joginder bowled another ball outside the off-stump, Misbah had moved across his stumps and played a scoop shot which went high towards short fine leg, Sreesath got under the ball and took it clean! India won the thriller by 5 runs!!
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.