A dejected Dhoni walking off the field in the semi-final of World Cup 2019 is probably one of the worst memories of Indian cricket fans. At the very moment, they knew that India would not be able to win the Cup. Now the man himself spoke about how he felt after getting run-out in that hour of need.
The moment of disappointment
After a top-order collapse, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50) and Ravindra Jadeja (77) kept the hunt on for India’ World Cup glory. Their gutsy 116-run stand for the seventh wicket was slowly but steadily bringing India close to the finale. 31 runs needed off the final two overs in Manchester when Dhoni started the 49th over with a huge maximum and completed his half-century. The next bot ball increased the pressure and as a result, in the next one Dhoni tried to get a couple of quick runs but a brilliant throw from Martin Guptill stole the show from India.
How Dhoni regrets
In an interview with India Today Dhoni finally opened up on how he felt at the very moment. The former captain recalled, “In my first game I was run-out and this game again I was run-out. I keep telling myself why didn’t I dive. Those two inches I still keep telling myself I should have dived.”
After Dhoni’s dismissal, it was a matter of time and India were bundled out for 221 runs. Even the winning captain Kane Williamson agreed that Dhoni’s dismissal was the turning point of the game. He also added how Dhoni’s ability to finish the games from the most tensed moments was on his mind. “We all know the game is a fine line in a number of ways. But that run-out was significant. We have seen Dhoni finish games from those similar positions on a number of occasions.”