It’s been 11 years since India lifted the 2011 World Cup trophy but the memories of the players celebrating the historic day still remain fresh. While MS Dhoni played the most important knock of his career, Gautam Gambhir ensured India didn’t suffer another heartbreak on April 2, 2011.
Chasing 275 to win the trophy after 28 years, the Men in Blue were in trouble from starting as Virender Sehwag, and Sachin Tendulkar departed early in the innings. Virat Kohli joined Gambhir, and the two steadied the ship, with the former scoring a valuable 35 before his dismissal. It was Dhoni and Gambhir’s show after that, and the two made sure India lifted the trophy at the Wankhede stadium.
After Gambhir’s departure, Yuvraj took care of one end while Dhoni took India to an emphatic win. Speaking about his innings, Virat described it as the most valuable one of his career.
“35 in the 2011 World Cup final was the most valuable 35 I’ve scored in my cricketing career. I was happy to bring the team back on track and contribute in whatever way I could. The crowd atmosphere was surreal; it’s very fresh in our memories”.