The 2016 final between India and Bangladesh at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur was delayed due to heavy rain and a wet outfield but the ground staff worked incredibly hard for the umpires to agree for a 15 over match per side. Cricket analysts believed that the 15 over format would work in favour of Bangladesh and give them their best crack at defeating India.
The Bangladeshi fans had earlier used a couple of pictures with a severed head of Indian captain MS Dhoni in an attempt to signify that their team would take out the Indian team and their captain like they did in 2015 series. Dhoni won the toss and asked Bangladesh to bat and they had a good start and capitalised on it by stringing together some good partnerships in the middle and then finishing with a flourish to end up with a respectable score of 120.
India got off to a poor start losing R Sharma for just 1 run and the pressure was immediately on the Indians as the home crowd were very vocal in their support for their team. Vice captain Kohli who has been in pristine form immediately took charge of the situation and took some of the pressure of S Dhawan who has been struggling with his form. They put together a 94 run partnership before Dhawan holed out for a well played 60.
Captain MS Dhoni decided to promote himself up the order ahead of Raina and Yuvraj as he wanted to take control of the chase and make sure his team crossed the line. Dhoni did not wait to take the match in to the final over as he ended up hitting two sixes and one four to finish unbeaten on 20 from just 6 balls and once again ended up winning a final with a six. The Indian captain silenced the Bangladeshi fans with his heroics and also sent a strong message back to his critics that he was not only the best man to lead India into the T20 World Cup but was also back with a bang.
In a statement, Virat Kohli said “It was a tricky situation, Rohit getting out early, credit to Shikhar for the way he batted, delivering when the team needed the most. The 94 stand was the game changer. I back myself to find boundaries and hit the gaps, I don’t try to hit too many sixes … I enjoy the crowd being against me, it pumps me up, the more they boo me the more it motivates me”.