Former India pacer S Sreesanth has revealed that he was not interested by taking a catch whereas being positioned at quick nice leg by MS Dhoni over the last over of the 2007 T20 World Cup ultimate. In response to Sreesanth, his solely focus was to make sure that he did not concede a second run if the ball got here to him.
On Friday, September 24, India celebrated 14 years of their historic T20 World Cup win, which they achieved by defeating Pakistan in a last-over thriller in Johannesburg. Sreesanth was the person who took Misbah-ul-Haq’s catch off Joginder Sharma to seal a well-known win.
In an unique interplay with Sportskeeda, Sreesanth relived the well-known final moments of the unforgettable Indo-Pak conflict.
“No one in that place would need the ball to return to you, particularly in a India-Pakistan match. However I’m very grateful to captain Dhoni bhai (MS Dhoni) for placing me in that place – quick nice leg. That’s one space the place the ball hardly comes. I’ve to thank Misbah-ul-Haq, who performed that shot,” a gleeful Sreesanth recalled.
The 38-year-old admitted that there was quite a lot of strain on India since Misbah was batting rather well.
“When Joginder bhai (Joginder Singh) was bowling, the primary ball was vast, then one went for a six and there was sufficient stress and strain. I used to be praying that, if the ball involves me, I mustn’t give them double. I by no means thought concerning the catch. The ball went actually excessive and…,” Sreesanth added.
The Kerala cricketer credited then fielding coach Robin Singh for making the staff apply backward operating catches.
“I used to be lucky that Robin Singh was our fielding coach and we practised quite a lot of backward operating catches. So, I took a couple of steps again and the ball resulted in my arms. It truly popped out as soon as and, on the second try, I took the catch,” the previous India pacer fondly recollected.
Sreesanth proved costly within the ultimate with the ball, conceding 44 in 4 overs. Nevertheless, he claimed the essential wicket of Sohail Tanvir, who had struck two sixes, with a yorker.
“With Dhoni bhai being mentor, hopefully this staff will win yet one more World Cup” – Sreesanth
India haven’t gained the T20 World Cup because the inaugural version in 2007. They made it to the ultimate in 2014, the place they went all the way down to Sri Lanka. Sreesanth believes that the present staff has it in them to go all the way in which.
“Now we have not gained any T20 World Cup after that (2007). So hopefully, this staff will win yet one more World Cup, particularly with Dhoni bhai being the mentor of the staff. It will likely be nice to see,” Sreesanth asserted.
On a parting notice, Sreesanth was requested what he thought would have occurred had he dropped the 2007 T20 World Cup ultimate catch. He replied:
“I don’t know. And you’ll by no means know.”
4 years later, Sreesanth was a part of the Indian staff that lifted the 50-over World Cup trophy, defeating Sri Lanka within the ultimate in Mumbai. The speedster performed within the ultimate and had figures of 0/52 from 8 overs.