Exactly 9 years back, on this day in the year 2011, India lifted the World Cup trophy after a span of twenty-eight years. Yes, it was 2 April 2011, Saturday which turned out to be a memorable day for all Indian cricket fans and nationals. The Indian team was led by none other than Mahendra Singh Dhoni. With this, AlShorts brings to you the cherished moments from 2011 World Cup Final:
No one can beat the ground, especially when it is home ground
Playing in the home ground is always a joy. Maybe that was one plus point that the Indian cricket team had that year. The final match between India and Sri Lanka was played in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Surrounded by the cheers from more than 30,000 spectators, India had no better option than prove the world that it can achieve great heights.
The final match captured a scene, which never happened before. Do you know about it? Well if not, we’ll tell you. The coin toss between the two captains, M.S. Dhoni from India and Kumar Sangakkara was retaken as match referee could not hear Sangakkara’s call in the first round. Isn’t this fascinating, as it is not a usual sight during the match? But Sri Lankan skipper won the second toss and opted to bat first.
The Sri Lankan openers didn’t have the best of days as Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan were dismissed cheaply. But this right-handed batsman, Mahela Jayawardene made the best effort to change the fortune of Sri Lanka and ended up scoring a glorious hundred which was cherished by all spectators. Vice captain’s unbeaten 103 took the islanders to a total of 274 runs.
Leading a team is no less than a one-man army. Under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India claimed this prestigious title which is sung till date. Nine years ago, that smashing six changed the face of Indian cricket. Captain Dhoni was left unbeaten with 91 runs, not out.
Former Indian cricketer, batsman Gautam Gambhir was the one who orchestrated India to this World Cup victory. Gambhir is known to save his best for the last, and that is what exactly he did in the 2011 World Cup finals. The man known for his character, Gambhir stood on the crease for about 187 minutes, scoring 97 runs.
Batting partnership, excelled by Gambhir in the World Cup final Staying for almost 190 minutes on the field, Gautam Gambhir built 83-run partnership with current skipper Virat Kohli. After Kohli dismissed, captain Dhoni and Gambhir made 119-run partnership. After this in the 42nd over Gambhir left the ground with just 52 runs needed and 6 wickets left.
Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar was also one amongst the prominent players for India’s World Cup squad. 2011 World Cup was Sachin’s last chance before retiring from the ODIs. The wait of 22 long years got glories to Tendulkar’s life and proved successful.
Today, after 9 years, Tendulkar being lifted on the shoulders by teammates after the World Cup triumph was voted as the Laureus best sporting moment from the past 2 decades. Isn’t that something special and iconic? Later this moment was titled, ‘Carried on the Shoulders of a Nation’.
Last leg – Chants of ‘Vande Mataram’ At the end, which got goosebumps to some and tears to many. Some 30,000 spectators together stood to sing India’s national song ‘Vande Mataram’ at the Wankhade stadium as the men in blue chased their way to victory, claiming the World Cup trophy.
2011 was a year to remember for all Indian cricket fanatics. India became the first team to win a home World Cup. What do you think, will India claim upcoming T20 World Cup 2020?