It’s been 11 years since MS Dhoni-led India lifted the 50-over World Cup trophy after 28 years. The Men in Blue defeated Sri Lanka at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Chasing 275 in the final, the hosts lost Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag early in the innings.
However, Gautam Gambhir and captain Dhoni made sure Team India clinched the title. India won the finale by six wickets with 10 balls to spare. Let’s look at the 2011 World Cup squad and what they are up to.
The former India batsman announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in 2015. Sehwag has become a cricket expert and part of the commentary team in the ICC events and series. He also has a Youtube channel where he talks about the matches and players’ performance.
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 scored 482 runs in nine games during the 2011 World Cup. Following his retirement, he spends time with his family and occasionally plays in cricket tournaments.
Gambhir played a match-winning knock of 97 runs off 122 balls in the final against Sri Lanka. He participated in his last international match in 2016. Following his retirement, he has worked as a commentator and is currently associated with Lucknow Super Giants as a mentor in IPL 2022. Gambhir is also a Member of Parliament from East Delhi.
Virat Kohli, a rookie during the 2011 World Cup at home, is now one of the best batters of his era. The 33-year old led India across formats but left the captaincy in T20I after the World Cup in 2021. Kohli was sacked from his leadership role in ODIs while he resigned from Test captaincy following India’s defeat in South Africa. The former skipper of RCB is currently representing the franchise in the 15th season of the league.
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 retirement from international cricket in August 2020. However, Dhoni continues to play for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. The 40-year old recently left the CSK captaincy and handed over the responsibility to Ravindra Jadeja. Dhoni led CSK to four IPL titles.
Yuvraj Singh was one of the standout performers for India during the 2011 World Cup. He amassed 362 runs in nine matches at a brilliant average of 90.50. Yuvi also took 15 wickets at 25.13. As a result, Yuvraj was named the ‘Player of the Tournament. After announcing his retirement in 2019, Yuvraj has been a part of T20 leagues globally. He is investing his time in business commitments.
Raina also announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15, 2020. The former player is currently working as a commentator in IPL 2022. He went unsold in the IPL mega auction in Bengaluru. Raina also takes care of the Gracia Raina Foundation, which focuses on creating awareness of India’s maternal and adolescent health.
The veteran off-spinner has retired from all forms of cricket and is a commentator in the 15th season of the Indian Premier League. Harbhajan is a Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha after being nominated by Aam Aadmi Party, which registered an emphatic win in Punjab in the state elections.
Zaheer Khan, the joint-highest wicket-taker in the 2011 World Cup alongside Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, is working as Mumbai Indians’ director of cricket operations. Apart from this, Zaheer has also become a part-time cricket commentator and expert. Zaheer took 21 wickets in 9 games in the tournament.
Munaf Patel announced his retirement in 2018. The former India fast bowler has been involved in business commitments. He also took part in different T20 tournaments globally.
He has retired from all forms of cricket and is looking for cricket-related opportunities in India and abroad. Two years after India lifted the World Cup trophy at the Wankhede Stadium, he was banned by the BCCI for his involvement in the spot-fixing scandal in IPL. Although his ban was reduced after the intervention of the Supreme Court, he never played for India. Sreesanth was a part of the Kerala Ranji Trophy and played a few games before hanging up his boots. He has acted in movies and even fought a Lok Sabha election on BJP’s ticket from his state but was defeated.
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 went unsold in the IPL 2022 mega auction.
Veteran India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is playing for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022.
On the other hand, Ashish Nehra has become an active commentator and cricket expert. The former player is the head coach of Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022.