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‘MS Dhoni told me not to take any kind of pressure, if we lose, it was on him’: Joginder Sharma recalls 2007 WC final

Joginder Sharma recalled the final over in which he bowled to Misbah-Ul-Haq when 13 runs were needed and shared his conversation with MS Dhoni.

‘MS Dhoni told me not to take any kind of pressure, if we lose, it was on him’: Joginder Sharma recalls 2007 WC final

India beat Pakistan in the 2007 T20 World Cup final by 5 runs. screengrab from video

New Delhi: Saturday marked 15 years of India’s triumph over Pakistan in the 2007 inaugural World T20 final at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. This was India’s first world title in 24 years and a moment etched in the minds of fans to date. And who better than Adani Sportsline Gujarat Giant’s Joginder Sharma — the medium-pacer who helped India notch up a famous five-run win — to reminisce about what happened on that special night?

Chasing a target of 158, Pakistan needed 13 off the last six balls. An in-form Misbah-ul-Haq was looking to take the match and title away from India. Under the circumstances, Dhoni took a gamble and turned to Joginder Sharma to bowl the final over. And Joginder delivered the goods by getting Misbah out.

Watch: India won the inaugural T20 World Cup beating Pakistan in a last-over thriller On this day in 2007

In a video posted by Adani Sportsline-owned Gujarat Giants on social media on Saturday, Joginder took the fans on an emotional journey and revealed what was the conversation he had with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni while bowling the last over on that night 15 years ago.

“The discussion before the final over wasn’t around what line and length I should be bowling or what should be my bowling strategy. Mahi told me not to take any kind of pressure. If we lose, it was on him.

“Even when Misbah hit me for a six off the second ball, we weren’t tense. At no point, we discussed what we needed to do. Just before I delivered the third ball, I saw Misbah getting ready to play a scoop. So I altered the length and bowled a slower one. That’s why Misbah couldn’t hit it properly. Sreesanth pulled off the catch and the rest as they say is history,” Joginder, who is playing the Legends League currently, said.

Joginder said the memory is still fresh in his mind and will be forever treasured. One can hear more of it in the video that was posted on the team’s social media.

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Updated Date: September 24, 2022 20:18:00 IST

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