Muralitharan’s Revelation: How Dhoni Outsmarted Yuvraj in the World Cup Final

Muttiah Muralitharan, a legendary player for Sri Lanka, has disclosed that he was aware that MS Dhoni would come earlier than Yuvraj Singh in the 2011 World Cup final at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

Muralitharan Talked About 2011 World Cup Final

In Murali’s remarks at the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup schedule revealing ceremony in Mumbai on Tuesday, Muralitharan noted that Yuvraj did not feel at ease when facing his bowling. While playing with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Dhoni had, on the other hand, frequently faced him in the nets.

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Muralitharan Light on Yuvraj and Dhoni

When asked why Dhoni was moved up the batting order for the championship game, Muralitharan recalled, “I knew because Yuvraj (Singh), who was the finest player in the World Cup at the time, felt uncomfortable playing the middle-order number four position against me. I was bowling frequently against him (Dhoni) in the nets in Chennai while participating in the IPL, so I was aware of this. Dhoni therefore played me extremely nicely. I therefore believed that he did not want to award me any wickets because, despite bowling brilliantly, I had none.
Added him, “At that time, there was a lot of dew, and we had trouble spinning the ball. When we got the wicket, Gambhir was at the other end, so I was certain that he would come because he knows how to play me very well because I played for Chennai (Super Kings).”

Game Changer MS Dhoni

Game-changing move was Dhoni’s choice to emerge ahead of Yuvraj. In the most crucial game, the keeper-batter, who had a rather quiet campaign with the bat, delivered. He finished undefeated at 91 to aid the Men in Blue in their successful six-wicket victory over the 275 run total.

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