Robin Uthappa that had been a part of India’s 2007 T20I World Cup-winning effort, remembered the famed group-stage experience against Pakistan that led to India’s triumph using a bowl-out. The young cricket lovers in the present age are utilized to watching a Super-Over when a match is tied. However, in 2007, in the T20 World Cup, a bowl-out approach was used to pick a game, where five players from the groups needed to bowl and hit on the stumps without a batsman present. The group with the majority of strikes would win the experience.

Playing arch-rivals Pakistan at a group stage game, India published 141/9 at 20 overs. Pakistan had 12 to acquire six balls, and India seamer Sreesanth was able to limit Pakistan batsman Misbah-ul-Haq. Ajit Agarkar and Sreesanth united for Misbah to run out at the last ball together with all the scores tied, and the game went into a bowl-out.

“We had never lost to Pakistan in a World Cup game - however, we came close to losing in that match. The momentum changed in the previous chunk when the jog out occurred,” he explained.

By studying Pakistan’s performance from the bowl-out, it is possible to tell they hadn’t practiced it. Among those things MS did otherwise in Pakistan wicketkeeper (Kamran Akmal) was that the Pakistan keeper stood where generally a wicketkeeper would endure - together with the stumps, rather than supporting the stumps.

“It merely made it more comfortable as we believed we simply must bowl to MS, and we are going to provide ourselves the highest odds of hitting the stumps. That is precisely what we did,” he explained.

Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, and Uthappa hit on the stumps to get India, registering three hits in 3 efforts. For Pakistan, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi attempted catching on the stumps, but each of the three players missed.

Uthappa also remembered the way the bowling coach in the time Venkatesh Prasad had promised that the team clinics bowl out through coaching sessions. “We’d practiced sausage out. He was quite astute when it comes to those items. He pays attention to each of the rules of the matches. He’s quite attentive in that fashion,” he explained.

When we’d warm-ups, in conclusion, he’d make us perform a match of bowl-out. The batsmen played against the bowlers and we’d see who’d win.

“When out the bowl occur, I went directly to MS and explained, I gotta Bowland he said, ‘sure, fine.’ That type of reinforced my view that I will hit the stumps.”

India, finally, defeated Pakistan again at the closing in a different nail-biting competition to win the inaugural T20 World Cup trophy.


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