On today: MS Dhoni led India to 2011 World Cup victory


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On today 10 years in the past, India lifted their second World Cup title, defeating Sri Lanka by six wickets within the last.

10 years have handed, and the reminiscence of India lifting the World Cup title in 2011 nonetheless feels contemporary as morning. Powered by the knocks of Gautam Gambhir (97) and MS Dhoni (91*), India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets to carry their second World Cup trophy on today.

Dhoni, the Indian captain within the match, completed the ultimate with a towering six over the long-off in opposition to Nuwan Kulasekara, sending your complete nation right into a frenzy.

With this victory, India grew to become the primary workforce to win a World Cup at house and have become the one workforce to win the 60-over World Cup and the 50-over World Cup. Additionally, this was Dhoni’s second ICC title as captain after having clinched the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007. In 2013, he would go on to finish the trinity, including the Champions Trophy title to his trophy cupboard.

Chasing 275 to win, the boys in blue held their nerves within the tense last to register a six-wicket win in opposition to Sri Lanka on the iconic Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. Opener Gautam Gambhir top-scored for the hosts with a particular knock off 97, whereas, Dhoni performed a memorable hand along with his unbeaten 91.

Earlier, driving on Mahela Jayawardene’s magnificent hundred Sri Lanka managed to place up a aggressive rating of 274/7 in 50 overs. The guests put themselves in nice place after dismissing Sehwag and Tendulkar cheaply.

Nonetheless, it was Gambhir who steadied the ship for India with an 83-run stand with Virat Kohli earlier than the latter was dismissed for 34.

After Kohli’s dismissal, Dhoni promoted himself up the order forward of in-form Yuvraj Singh and it proved to be a masterstroke.

Each Gambhir and Dhoni then stitched an excellent 109-run stand for the fourth wicket. In the course of the chase, the Indian skipper additionally notched up his first World Cup fifty however Gambhir missed a memorable ton by simply three runs as he was bowled by Thisara Perera for 97. Nonetheless, Dhoni stored his calm and anchored India’s chase with supreme ease.

The World Cup victory had added significance as a result of presence of ‘Grasp Blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar within the squad. Tendulkar had represented India in 5 World Cups previous to the 2011 version, however the coveted trophy remained lacking in Tendulkar’s enviable cupboard.

The wait finally resulted in 2011, which additionally turned out to be Tendulkar’s last World Cup for India. 

India had gained the primary World Cup in 1983 underneath the captaincy of Kapil Dev. Whereas the victory in 1983 put India on the cricket map, the win 28 years later laid the inspiration of India’s dominance within the sport.

For the reason that 2011 version, 10 gamers who had been a part of India’s squad have retired, together with captain MS Dhoni. From the workforce, solely Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Sreesanth and Piyush Chawla are energetic within the sport.



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