The former Indian middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh has revealed that MS Dhoni promoting himself to no. 5 in the ODI World Cup final of 2011 was a collective decision made by the team because Sri Lanka, in that game, had two off spinners operating for them.
Yuvraj was speaking on Viacom’s new channel Sports18 and recalling that World Cup final which India won by 6 wickets, the southpaw said that a conversation might have taken place between the captain, the head coach and a couple of senior players of the team in the dressing room to make a change in the batting order.
According to Yuvraj Singh, at the time the conversation took place, a very decent partnership was going out there in the middle between Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli and the decision that was taken in that collective conversation between captain, coach and senior players was that, if a left hander gets out, a left hander would replace him at the crease and if a right hander gets out, a right hander would replace him at the crease.
MS Dhoni went in because a right hander was dismissed: Yuvraj Singh
Since Virat Kohli, the right hander, was dismissed, it was MS Dhoni who replaced him at the crease and went on to play one of the most iconic innings in the history of Indian cricket, as his unbeaten 91 runs, along with Gautam Gambhir’s 97, took India to the World Cup glory only for the second time.
MS Dhoni was actually not in great form in that tournament and didn’t have too many runs under his belt. Yuvraj Singh, on the other hand, had scored runs consistently, but for Dhoni to still back himself and go out to bat in that situation, it was a decision which was hailed by one and all.
Yuvraj Singh was also at the crease when Dhoni hit the winning shot. The allrounder was later declared the man of the tournament for his contributions throughout the tournament with both bat and ball.