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Former Indian middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh has revealed that MS Dhoni’s self-promotion to No. 5 in the 2011 ODI World Cup final was a collective decision by the team as Sri Lanka had two spinners working for them in that match.
Speaking on Viacom’s new channel Sports18, Yuvraj recalled that World Cup final India won by 6 wickets, the southpaw said a conversation may have taken place between the captain, the head coach and some of the team’s senior players in the dressing room to change the batting order.
According to Yuvraj Singh
at the time the talk took place there was a very decent partnership going on between Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli and the decision made in that collective conversation between captain, coach and senior players was that, if a left-hander gets out, a left-hander would replaced 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 sent away: Yuvraj Singh
Since Virat Kohli, the right-hander, was fired, it was MS Dhoni who replaced him and played one of the most iconic innings in Indian cricket history, with his 91 runs unbeaten, along with Gautam Gambhir’s 97. , brought India to World Cup glory only for the second time.
MS Dhoni wasn’t really on top form in that tournament and didn’t have too many runs to his name. Yuvraj Singh, on the other hand, had been scoring points consistently, but for Dhoni to still defend himself and get to work in that situation, it was a decision that was praised by all.
Yuvraj Singh was also in the fold when Dhoni hit the winning shot. The all-rounder was later named Man of the Tournament for his contributions throughout the tournament with both bat and ball.