Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday, said he had never planned to promote himself up the order during the finals of the cricket World Cup against Sri Lanka rather it was coach Gary Kirsten who came up with that instant idea.
Dhoni scored an unbeaten 91 and also had hit a six to clinch the coveted title for India during the finals against Sri Lanka in April this year. "I hadn't planned to promote myself and play earlier. Gary (then coach Kirsten) asked me if I would go early. I thought with two spinners, maybe I should. It worked for me," said Dhoni at the NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards 2011, where the Indian cricket team won the award for India's Heroes of the Year for the World Cup magic and history.
Dhoni said he promoted himself ahead of in-form Yuvraj Singh as he felt he would be able to tackle the spinners better, especially Muttiah Muralitharan, with whom he played in the IPL as a part of Chennai Super Kings. "Gautam (Gambhir)and I do cheeky singles very well. Yuvi and I run the doubles very well," he said.