Cricketing greats recall India’s 2011 world cup triumph

Story by  Nakul Shivani | Posted by  Nakul Shivani | Date 03-04-2023
MS Dhoni with the World Cup in 2011
MS Dhoni with the World Cup in 2011


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Sunday marked the 12th anniversary of India’s second One Day International World Cup triumph in Mumbai. On this day at the Wankhede Stadium in 2011, MS Dhoni launched into a Nuwan Kulasekara straight ball in the 49th over of the Indian innings to hit a towering six for the hosts to capture not just a trophy but also a nation’s imagination.

With this title triumph India had won the ODI world cup after 28 years, following Kapil’s Devils exploits at Lords on June 25, 1983.

Playing in front of a home crowd, the Dhoni led Men in Blue chased down the target of 275 with 10 balls to spare.

Recalling the moment, Dhoni who promoted himself in the batting-order and hit the winning runs, recalled the emotions surrounding the moment. During a special event held in Chennai on Sunday to mark the anniversary of India’s win, Dhoni said the best feeling was “15-20 minute before the final actually got over.”

“We did not need a lot of runs, the partnership was well-placed and the whole stadium started singing Vande Mataram,” Dhoni recalled.

That day also belonged to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar who finally got to hold a world cup trophy. “We all knew it was paaji’s (Tendulkar) last world cup and throughout the tournament we had the feeling we wanted to do it for him,” said Dhoni at the event.

Talking about the winning moment, Tendulkar himself during an event in Mumbai said, “That was the reason my cricketing journey started. An incredible experience.”

Also paying tributes to that historic day were former cricketers. Ravi Shastri who was part of the 1983 world cup winning squad said.

Chasing 275, India lost Sehwag and Tendulkar early. But a 83-runs stand between Gambhir and Kohli revived India’s chances. 

Gambhir scored 97, while Dhoni remained unbeaten on 91 off 79 balls. Yuvrajnwas the crease with Dhoni when the winning runs were hit.

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India will be hosting the 2023 world cup later this year.