MS Dhoni Knew When To Step Up

MS Dhoni Knew When To Step Up


Paddy Upton, India’s energy and conditioning coach on the 2011 ICC World Cup, says he has been in awe of MS Dhoni as a frontrunner, as a captain who determined to advertise himself over the in-form batsman, Yuvraj Singh, within the closing of the 2011 World Cup towards Sri Lanka.

MS Dhoni performed a match-winning knock of 91* and concluded the ultimate with a most ending a 28-year wait. Paddy Upton says that whereas the skipper was not in type in that event, nevertheless, he was amongst runs and was on prime of ICC ODI rankings not lengthy earlier than the World Cup.

MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni World Cup Final Six
MS Dhoni hit the World Cup-winning six. (Image-Twitter)
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“Yuvraj Singh was very clearly the person in type. He had already secured the person of the collection by way of his performances. And but Dhoni selected to go and bat forward of Yuvraj Singh within the closing.

“Obviously, that is going to be a much-talked-about decision, it has been and will continue to be much talked about. And that was really just, for me an unbelievable model of a leader knowing when to step up, when it’s his time to be counted, for him to take the horse by the reins, the bull by the horns,” Paddy Upton was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

“And we all knew the fact that Dhoni hadn’t scored runs and Yuvraj had scored runs. (But) that was just a period of six weeks. Outside of that period of six weeks, we know that Dhoni is the man for the high-pressure moments. He has done it over and over in his career, gone out to bat, particularly batting second in the chase in a white ball format. And he is the person who is better than anyone in the world at seeing a team home and across the line and transferring pressure from himself and his team onto the bowling team, the opposition captain, and opposition fielders,” he added.

MS Dhoni made the decision, Gary Kirsten backed his name: Paddy Upton

Paddy Upton reveals that the then coach, South Africa’s Gary Kirsten, immediately backed MS Dhoni’s resolution to advertise himself over Yuvraj in an effort to deal with the off-spin of Muttiah Muralitharan, whom he had performed throughout his time with the Chennai Super Kings.

Upton reckons that if the transfer would have gone flawed, the talks concerning the closing might have been completely different; nevertheless, he eulogizes on MS Dhoni’s self-belief and confidence as a participant and a captain.

Paddy Upton
Paddy Upton. Image-Twitter

“In the World Cup closing, it was time for the most effective on the planet to step up and go and do what the most effective on the planet does. And that’s precisely what it took. He made the decision. It was a massively courageous name. Gary Kirsten, with out even a second of thought, backed his name and confirmed that ‘Yes, you go in next’. And, historical past will inform us that it was an incredible resolution.

“If Dhoni happened to get a great delivery and he got out, we’ll be talking about it very differently. And particularly if Dhoni chewed up a whole lot of balls and caused things to go wrong. But that’s great leaders. They take the really difficult decisions for the sake of the team; they take the right decision. The right decision was the man for that moment needed to go out and do what he had done so often in his career before,” Upton reiterated.

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