2011 World Cup winning squad
It's been 10 years since MS Dhoni led India to a historic World Cup triumph against Sri Lanka at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

It’s been 10 years since MS Dhoni led India to a historic World Cup triumph against Sri Lanka at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Chasing 275 in the final, the Men in Blue lost Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag early in the innings.

However, Gautam Gambhir and ‘Captain Cool’ Dhoni made sure the hosts clinched the title and India defeated Kumar Sangakkara’s men by six wickets with 10 balls to spare.

The win was special for so many reasons. India became the first team to win a World Cup at home and they became the only team to win both 60-over and 50-over World Cups. 

Let’s take a look at the 2011 World Cup squad and what they are up to at the moment.

Virender Sehwag

The former India batsman, who was an important member of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in 2015. Sehwag has now become a full-time cricket expert and is mostly seen in the commentary box during the ICC tournaments. The 42-year-old veteran last played an ODI for the Men in Blue during the three-match series against arch-rivals Pakistan in 2013. Notably, the ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ accumulated 380 runs in the 2011 ODI World Cup.

Sachin Tendulkar

One of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has been the mentor and icon of five-time champions Mumbai Indians over the years in the Indian Premier League.

Sachin was the leading run-scorer for India during the showpiece event. He smashed 482 runs in nine games.

Following his retirement in 2013, the 47-year-old legendary player is spending quality time with his family and is occasionally seen in cricket tournaments.

Gautam Gambhir

Gambhir had played a match-winning knock of 97 runs off 122 balls in the much-hyped final against Sri Lanka. He lost his place in the squad after the 2011-12 season and played his last international match in 2016.

Following his retirement from cricket, Gambhir associated himself with politics and is now a Member of Parliament from East Delhi.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, a rookie during the 2011 World Cup at home, is now leading the Indian team across formats.  He made his Test debut soon after the extravagant tournament and was appointed as India’s white-ball vice-captain in 2012.

The 32-year-old is rated as one of the finest batsmen in modern-day cricket.

Notably, Virat is the only player in international cricket, who has an average of more than 50 in all three formats at present.

MS Dhoni

The legendary wicketkeeper-batsman, who led India to their second ODI World Cup title after a 28-year-long gap, took his fans by surprise when he suddenly announced from international cricket in August 2020.

However, Dhoni continues to captain the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. The 39-year-old will soon be seen in action in the 14th edition of IPL, starting from April 9.

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh was one of the standout performers for India during the 2011 World Cup. He notched up 362 runs in nine matches at a brilliant average of 90.50. Yuvi also made his presence felt with the ball and chipped in with 15 wickets at 25.13.

Owing to his all-round show, Yuvraj was also named as the ‘Player of the Tournament’.

After announcing his retirement in 2019, Yuvraj went on to play in some of the prominent T20 leagues across the world. He is currently busy with business commitments.

Suresh Raina

Raina also announced his retirement from international cricket, a few hours after Dhoni’s retirement on August 15, 2020.

The former India batsman now runs the Gracia Raina Foundation that focuses on creating awareness about maternal health and adolescent health in India.

On the cricket front, Raina is currently gearing up to play for MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2021.

Harbhajan Singh

Veteran India off-spinner continues to be an active cricketer. However, he was last seen in a blue jersey during the five-match ODI series against South Africa in 2015.

Harbhajan, who is also a full-time commentator and cricket expert, will be plying his trade for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.

Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan, who was the joint-highest wicket-taker in the 2011 World Cup alongside Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, is a crucial part of Mumbai Indians’ think tank and works as their director of cricket operations. Apart from this, Zaheer has also become a part-time cricket commentator and expert.

Zaheer had scalped 21 wickets in 9 games in the tournament.

Munaf Patel

Munaf Patel announced his retirement in 2018. The former India fast bowler has now been keeping himself busy by playing T20 leagues around the world. He represented Kandy Tuskers in the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League last year.

Patel also played for the India Legends who won the inaugural edition of the Road Safety World Series in Raipur last month.

S Sreesanth

Two years after India lifted the World Cup trophy at the Wankhede Stadium, right-arm fast bowler Sreesanth was banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

However, his ban was reduced to seven years in 2019 and he made a comeback to competitive cricket in 2021.

The 38-year-old played for his state team Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this year.

Note: Ashish Nehra, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yusuf Pathan, and Piyush Chawla were also part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad.

While Yusuf Pathan announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in February 2021, Piyush Chawla continues to play competitive cricket.

Veteran India off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin, is currently in Mumbai, gearing up for the IPL 2021. On the other hand, Ashish Nehra has now become an active commentator and cricket expert.  

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