India batsman Robin Uthappa, who was a part of the facet that went on to raise the primary T20 World Cup in 2007, mentioned he discovered himself praying to God that S Sreesanth would be capable to maintain on to the catch of Misbah-ul-Haq within the remaining over of the sport.
Sreesanth, who was at brief fine-leg, would maintain on to Misbah’s mistimed scoop shot to make sure India gained what had been an exhilarating summit encounter and be topped world champions within the shortest format of the sport.
“Initially of the over, I used to be at long-on. I bear in mind Jogi bowling a large on the primary ball and I used to be like ‘man!’ I used to be praying. Each ball, from 15th over onwards, I used to be simply praying ‘simply get us by way of’. He bowled a large first ball, and I used to be like ‘okay, let it not go for a six now’. Then he bought hit for a six,” Uthappa mentioned on BBC’s Doosra Podcast.
“And I used to be like, ‘come on, we will nonetheless do that’. Even in that scenario, Pakistan had all of the momentum going their means, I used to be backing our group. Misbah hit a scoop shot, and I noticed it going fairly excessive. I seen that it wasn’t going actually far.
“Then I noticed who the fielder at brief fine-leg was, and I noticed it was Sreesanth. By that time, throughout the group, he was recognized for dropping catches, particularly the best ones. I’ve seen him drop absolute sitters.
“As quickly as I noticed Sreesanth, I began operating in direction of the wickets, and I began praying ‘please god, let him maintain on to this one’. For those who have a look at him taking that catch, you’ll be able to see that when the ball really entered his palms, he’s wanting up there (laughs).
“So, I nonetheless actually imagine it was nothing however future that gained us that World Cup.”
The win within the remaining noticed India go on to raise their first world title since 1983 and in addition helped heal the injuries of their first-round exit from the ODI World Cup only a few months prior.