MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh during 2011 World Cup final © AFP
MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh during 2011 World Cup final © AFP

Did MS Dhoni plan to finish things off in style during the final of 2011 World Cup? Was he looking for a fairytale finish? Everyone wants to know what went through Dhoni’s mind that night. Some parts of it were portrayed in his biopic, but there’s more to it.

Speaking to Shivangi Chaudhary , a class IV student at The Shri Ram School, Dhoni candidly revealed his favourite moment as a cricketer. The interview was published in theprint.com.

‘There was nothing in mind’

“There was no plan to hit a six, and I was not looking for a fairytale finish. It just came, I swung the bat, it went over the boundary and then there was a sense of satisfaction. It was just watching the ball, there was nothing in the mind, and after a few seconds, I realised that yes, I had done it.”

Dhoni has accomplished a lot. He won 2007 World T20I, 2011 World Cup, 2013 Champions Trophy, and led India to the No. 1 spot in ICC Test Rankings. When asked about his favourite moment, Dhoni revealed one from the 2011 World Cup final.

‘That whole atmosphere has never been recreated’

“We have had quite a few good ones, but the 2011 World Cup, winning in India at the Wankhede Stadium, in front of the home crowd, was something that was really amazing and I think the whole process was good. But that exact point, you know, maybe four or five overs before we won the game, when the whole stadium and the spectators knew that we were going to win the game… that was the time when they started chanting, ‘Vande Mataram’ and all the other songs, that was the moment. We knew from that point that we will win the game. That whole atmosphere has never been recreated, but hopefully someday, I will be able to witness it again.”

The calculative Dhoni

Dhoni is calculative. He likes analysing the game. Ever wondered his favourite subject in school?

“I was very good in Maths till class V, and after that algebra and everything came in, and I started playing cricket, so it became slightly tough. So, if I have to pick something, I would say I like Maths, the reason being I was good at it, and even after class VI, though I was quite bad, I loved geometry.”

However, he once revealed that the Duckworth-Lewis method baffles him.