Virender Sehwag has revealed that MS Dhoni’s promotion in the batting order in the World Cup final was not Dhoni’s own decision, but was influenced by the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar who gave the suggestion to the Indian captain after getting back to the dressing room.
As per Sehwag, what Sachin told Dhoni is there is a righty and lefty batting out there and is having a good partnership. So if a righty gets dismissed at any stage, he should be replaced by a righty only and if a lefty gets dismissed, he should be replaced by a lefty so that the left-right combination is maintained and the bowlers are not able to get into a nice rhythm in terms of their lines and lengths.
Dhoni followed Sachin’s suggestion as he himself decided to walk in when the righty Virat Kohli was dismissed by the Sri Lankan off spinner Tilakaratne Dilshan and went on to play one of the all-time best knocks to power India to their second World Cup title.
Right through that World Cup, it was Yuvraj Singh who had batted at no. 5 for India and had scored tons of runs and he was the one who was expected to come to bat after the fall of Virat’s wicket, but the move of Dhoni batting ahead of Yuvraj in the World Cup final proved to be an absolute masterstroke as the skipper made a match winning contribution.