Its revealed that Dhoni wasn’t the one who came up with the idea of demoting the in-form Yuvraj Singh in the final of the 2011 ICC World Cup. And this revelation has come from none other than two stalwarts of India cricket and integral parts of that winning team – Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. During the interview, Sehwag explained how Tendulkar advised Dhoni to promote himself up the order.
Sri Lanka after winning the toss had opted to bat first in the summit clash. They posted a challenging total of 274/6 in 50 overs, riding on a brilliant century from skipper Mahela Jayawardene who scored 88-ball 103. With the likes of Lasith Malinga and Muttaiah, two of the best pace and spin bowlers respectively in their ranks, Sri Lanka would have backed themselves to defend the total but a certain change in the Indian batting line-up took the opponents by surprise as MS Dhoni sealed the deal with an iconic six.
On a chat show, ‘What the Duck,’ Sehwag revealed how Sachin suggested Dhoni to deal with the situation wisely, which resulted in his promotion. “So, that was also suggested by him (Sachin) and this was the first time he directly passed a message to MS, otherwise it always went through Lala (Sehwag himself) and the result is in front of you,” Sehwag said recalling the monumental day.
“So, finally in between MS Dhoni came in and at that time Virat Kohli and Gautam were batting. So, he told MS, if right-handed batsman gets out, then go for right-hander and left-handed batsman gets out, go for left-hander,” said Sehwag.
“After saying this, he went to the bathroom and then back out. And then Virat Kohli got out and in place of him (Yuvraj), MS Dhoni went to bat. That’s why Yuvraj Singh didn’t play on number four despite being in good form. So, that was suggested by him (Sachin) and this was the first time he directly passed a message to MS,” he added.