Former India fast bowler S Sreesanth has revealed that he did not think of catching MS Dhoni during the last over of the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup final when he was in the short fine leg. According to Sreesanth, his only focus was to make sure that if the ball came to him, he would not lose the second run.
On Friday, September 24, India celebrated the 14th anniversary of their historic T20 World Cup victory, which they achieved by defeating Pakistan in a thrilling last-over match in Johannesburg. Sreesanth is the man who was caught by Joginder Sharma of Misbah-ul-Haq in the famous win.
In exclusive interactions with Sportskida, Sreesanth enjoyed the famous last moments of the unforgettable Indo-Pak conflict.
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“In that position, no one would want the ball to come to you, especially in the India-Pakistan match. But I am grateful to captain Dhoni’s brother (MS Dhoni) for putting me in that position – short fine leg. This is an area where the ball rarely comes. I have to thank Misbah-ul-Haq, who played that shot, ”a happy Sreesanth recalled.
The 38-year-old admitted that there was a lot of pressure on India as Misbah was batting really well.
“When Yoginder Bhai (Yoginder Singh) was bowling, the first ball was wide, then went for a six and there was enough pressure and pressure. I was praying that if the balls came to me, I would not double them. I never thought of getting caught. The ball went really high and … “, added Sreesanth.
The Kerala cricketer credited the then fielding coach Robin Singh for running the team behind practice.
“I am lucky that Robin Singh was our fielding coach and we have practiced a lot of backward run catches. So, I took a few steps back and the ball ended up in my arm. It actually came out once and I took the catch on the second attempt, ”the former Indian fast bowler recalled fondly.
With 44 runs in four overs, Sreesanth proved costly in the final. However, he claimed the crucial wicket of Sohail Tanvir, who hit two sixes with a yorker.
“As Dhoni’s brother is the mentor, I hope this team wins another World Cup” – Sreesanth
India have not won a T20 World Cup since the inaugural edition in 2007. They reached the final in 2014, where they went to Sri Lanka. Sreesanth believes that the current team will have to go all the way between them.
“Since then (2007) we have not won any T20 World Cup,” he said. So hopefully, this team will win one more World Cup, especially as the mentor of Dhoni Bhai’s team. It will be great to see, ”Sreesanth insisted.
In a breakup note, Sreesanth was asked what he thought would happen if he missed the final catch of the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup. He replied:
“I do not know. And you will never know. “
Four years later, Sreesanth was part of the Indian team that lifted the 50-over World Cup trophy by defeating Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai. Speedster played in the final and was 0/52 from 8 overs.