[Video] The historic moment when MS Dhoni-led Team India defeated Pakistan in 2007 World T20 final
In what was MS Dhoni's first assignment as the captain of the Indian cricket team, the then long-haired wicket-keeper batsman led the team from the front and helped them go all the way in the inaugural ICC World T20 at Johannesburg, South Africa. The final of the tournament was set up against none other than the arch-rivals Pakistan. Misbah-ul-Haq, the now Pakistan head coach, was at the crease with No. 11 batsman Mohammad Asif, but a suicidal shot on the third delivery of the over saw India being crowned as the champions.
Gautam Gambhir gave the team a fine start at the top, scoring 75 runs as he opened alongside an explosive Yusuf Pathan. Barring Gambhir, no other Indian batsman managed to withstand the deadly bowling attack of Pakistan. Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni also faltered, scoring 14 and 6 respectively. Rohit Sharma, coming in at 6th spot in the batting order, produced a fine little cameo of 30 runs from 16 balls to take the team's total to 157/5.
RP Singh gave India early success with the ball as he removed the likes of Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal within the first three overs Imran Nazri (33) was then run out by Robin Uthappa as Pakistan kept on losing wickets on a regular basis.
Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan's top-scorer in the match, held one end together to take the team close to India's total. It looked like the match was slipping out of India's hands as the right-handed batsman kept stitching little partnerships with the tailenders.
13 runs were required from the last over as Dhoni decided to give the ball to Joginder Sharma. The first ball from him was a wide which proved the extent of pressure Joginder was under. He then produced a dot before being hit by a six by Misbah down the ground.
With 6 needed from the last four balls, Misbah tried to improvise and wanted to scoop the ball over the short fine-leg fielder who was standing inside the circle. The ball went u pin the air and S Sreesanth caught it calmly to see India being crowned World T20 champions.
This day, in 2⃣0⃣0⃣7⃣#TeamIndia were crowned World T20 Champions pic.twitter.com/o7gUrTF8XN— BCCI (@BCCI) September 24, 2019
The winning captain Dhoni, in the post-match presentation, admitted that he will remember this moment for the rest of his life as the became the first captain in the history of Indian cricket to win the T20 World Cup.
"It's one of the things I will treasure for the rest of my life. I'd like to congratulate the boys and thank them for the response they have given me. No-one expected us to win and the way we played today we deserve a big celebration. Pakistan bowled really well today in the second half. But we knew we had runs on the board and we could bring some pressure on the batsmen. Bhajji was not 100% sure of getting yorkers in the death. I thought I should throw the ball to someone who really wants to well in international cricket. Jogi did a really good job."
Dhoni's decision to give Joginder the final over ahead of Harbhajan Singh, who also had an over left, was hailed by many a masterstroke.