As India celebrates the 10th anniversary of its 2011 World Cup triumph on home soil, former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir opined it is time for Indian cricket to move forward and win the next World Cup.
In the final, Gautam Gambhir was the highest run-getter in the final against Sri Lanka as the southpaw’s 97 helped India win the summit clash and became the first team to win a World Cup on home soil.
“It doesn’t feel like yesterday. Not for me at least. It’s been what, 10 years now? I am not a person who looks back too much. Obviously, it’s a proud moment but you know what, it’s time for Indian cricket to move forward. Probably, now it’s time that we win the next WC ASAP,” Gambhir told news agency PTI.
The cricketer-turned-politician added that the players didn’t do favours to anybody by winning the World Cup as when they were selected in the World Cup squad, they were not just there to compete but to lift the World Cup.
“In 2011, we didn’t do anything that we weren’t meant to do. When we were picked to play the World Cup, we were supposed to win the World Cup. When we were selected, we didn’t just go out there to compete, we went out there to win,” he added.
“There were no such emotions as far as I was concerned. We didn’t do anything extraordinary, yes we made the country proud, people were happy, it’s time to move on to the next World Cup,” he stated.
Chasing a challenging total of 274 runs, India lost the early wickets of Virender Sehwag (0) and Sachin Tendulkar (18). However, Gambhir, Virat Kohli (35) and MS Dhoni (91) held on to their nerves as India ended its 28-year-old wait for another World Cup title.