Dhoni unveils how India prepared for bowl-out: The legendary Indian cricketer opened up on how his players prepared for the bowl-out in 2007.
Former India captain and current wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni recently recalled India’s journey during the ICC World Twenty20 2007 in South Africa.
While it was the inaugural edition of the tournament, it was also the first time Dhoni was announced as the captain of the Indian cricket team. Till date, the tournament remains the only T20I World Cup which India ended up winning.
“Ultimately, winning or losing comes to each and every individual who is part of the team. In a team sport, everybody has a role and responsibility. Throughout the T20 World Cup, the roles and responsibilities given to individuals were fulfilled in the best manner possible. That was the reason we won the tournament,” Dhoni was quoted as saying during a recent event conducted by MasterCard India.
MS Dhoni unveils how India prepared for bowl-out vs Pakistan
India’s first match of the tournament saw them playing a tied encounter with arch-rivals Pakistan. Adhering to the rules of the tournament, both the teams had to take part in a bowl out to decide the winner of the match.
The novel tournament putting on display something like that, that too in India’s first match, had it in it to be included in the memory of plentiful Indian cricket fans.
Being asked about if India specifically prepared about the bowl out, Dhoni shared an interesting 12-year old anecdote. “There was something particular about that World Cup. The ‘Bowl-Out’ was one of the things.
“I remember we would go for practice. Before every practice session, we would practice ‘Bowl Out’ before or after the warm-up. We said it very clear it is for fun but at the same time, whoever hits the wicket most number of times, we will use him if the situation arises,” Dhoni said.