Muttiah Muralitharan explains why Dhoni came before Yuvraj during World Cup 2011 final

The year 2011 has been recorded in golden letters in the history of Indian cricket. This year, India ended a 28-year drought by defeating Sri Lanka in the ODI World Cup final. Gautam Gambhir scored a magnificent 97 in that World Cup final. When Virat Kohli was dismissed for 114, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision surprised everyone. Dhoni himself came to bat instead of fifth-ranked Yuvraj. Dhoni proved his decision right and played an unbeaten 91 and scored a winning six and put the match and the World Cup in India’s bag. On this issue, Sri Lankan legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan Dhoni has said that he thought the decision was due to him.

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Speaking to ESPN’s Cricinfo, the legendary spinner said, ‘When I bowled in Chennai, Dhoni read it at the end. I remember Yuvraj had no idea about me at the World Cup. He was supposed to come but I think Dhoni is ahead of Yuvraj because of me. About his’ Doosra ‘, Murali said,’ Sachin (Tendulkar) should have read it. I feel that Rahul (Dravid) cannot read it properly. VVS (Laxman) and Gautam Gambhir read the ball. (Virender) Sehwag does not know whether he reads it all the time or not. With this, I have played with Dhoni for Chennai Super Kings so Muralidharan said Dhoni can read my balls.

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India captain MS Dhoni struggled to score in the 2011 World Cup. His highest score at that World Cup was 34 before the final, but he played a historic innings of 91 in the final. Chasing a target of 275, India had a poor start. Sehwag was dismissed for zero in the second delivery. After this, Sachin Tendulkar also fell victim to Malinga after playing good shots. Together with Gambhir Kohli, the team scored 114 runs. After Kohli, Dhoni and Gambhir could make the match from India. After that, Dhoni and Yuvraj led India to a memorable win by 6 wickets.

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