World Cup victory: The entire country had risen to celebrate 10th anniversary, won the title after 28 years under Dhoni’s captaincy
2nd April 2011 - Billions of hearts skipped a beat when MS Dhoni smashed the ball in the air & as it sailed through the boundary into the crowd, thereby winning India the world cup again after an arduous wait of 28 long years!
The power of Sachin-Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir’s bold performance, supporting young Kohli, middle order’s star Raina and Yuvi, Dhoni’s finishing and Zaheer-Nehra-Munaf trio won India the World Cup on this day. Diwali was celebrated on 2 April 2011 at the Wankhede Stadium. Entire India was elated with the celebration as India won the World Cup after 28 years. Today marks 10 years of that 2011 World Cup victory.
Former opener Gautam Gambhir was one of the heroes of victory in the final played against Sri Lanka, scoring 97 runs, after which the then captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit the team with a six and an unbeaten half-century. Gautam Gambhir believes that we did not win the World Cup by any of the sixes. ‘No one did us any favors. If I scored 97, then I was chosen to make this run. Zaheer Khan’s job was to get wickets. We had to do our work. There are many heroes of this victory.As far as I am concerned, there is no such feeling left now. We did not do any extraordinary work, yes we made the country proud, people were happy, now it is time to focus on the next World Cup.’
Gambhir feels there were many unsung heroes of that victory , he said ‘There were 13, or probably 14 unsung heroes of that World Cup win! Munaf, me, Harbhajan Singh, Virat Kohli, who got a hundred in the first game, Suresh Raina, who played a very crucial knock against Pakistan – all these players’ contributions were unbelievable. For that matter, when I look back at it today after 10 years, I feel Yuvraj is an unsung hero as well, despite being ‘man of the tournament.’
He also added ‘I don’t understand why people look back and look at the top moments of 1983 or 2011. Yes, it’s nice to talk about it or it’s okay. We won the World Cup but it is always good to move forward instead of looking back.’
But there are some memories one can always cherish no matter how many times. Even after winning the World Cup in 2011, we Indians still cherish the World Cup won in 1983. Even after winning the upcoming world cup , Indians will keep cherishing the win of 2011 and 1983 World Cup. Here are some tweets that shows how important this date is for every Indian –
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) April 2, 2021
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 2, 2021