More than six months have gone by but 2019 will be remembered for one of the most heartening moment in the history of Indian cricket when MS Dhoni was shockingly run-out by Martin Guptill in the 2019 World Cup semi-final encounter. Ravindra Jadeja’s terrific innings and Dhoni’s experience had suddenly revived India’s hopes in the game. Even after Jadeja got out, everybody believed that Dhoni would surely take India over the line but Guptill’s stunning throw ended all of the hopes and that was the time when the world witnessed a dejected Dhoni walking back to the pavilion with a burden of loss.
After New Zealand had set a target of 240 runs in the penultimate semi-final match, Indian batting collapsed quite early due to some superb piece of bowling from the Kiwi bowlers. However, Dhoni and Jadeja did all the hardwork after which India required 31 runs off the last two overs. New Zealand speedster Lockie Ferguson bowled the 49th over while Dhoni was backing himself to score most of the runs in the final over that was to be bowled by James Neesham.
The senior wicket-keeper smacked Ferguson for a big six off the first ball. But off the third delivery of the over, MS Dhoni backed himself to get two runs. On any other day, he would’ve comfortably made it to the crease. However, Martin Guptill had other ideas. He came running to collect the ball and affected the direct hit to leave India’s best finisher two inches short of his crease.
“I keep telling myself, why didn’t I dive. Those two inches I keep telling myself, ‘MS Dhoni, you should have dived,” MS Dhoni told India Today Consulting Editor Boria Majumdar.