Indian Cricket team gave the fans a moment to remember for the lifetime on April 2, 2011 by winning the World Cup. It was an emotional moment for every Indian as World Cup was coming back to India after waiting for 28 long years. It was MS Dhoni’s men who conquered Sri Lanka in Mumbai to win the second World Cup for India.
Team India was focused on winning the World Cup from the very beginning of the campaign and they have the advantage of playing at home. That was their best chance to clinch the trophy as the team had legends, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, and also the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina – all ready to make their own paths. And making sure they click as a unit was Dhoni, possibly India’s greatest captain ever.
However, it was the man himself, Mahendra Singh Dhoni who produced the most defining moment of the match by finishing the match by hitting a six. Already regarded as the best finisher in the game, the Ranchi man promoted himself and got the job done. He immortalised himself by hitting that winning run – not a single, not a double, or not even a boundary… but a huge six in Wankhede Stadium, which was packed to capacity.
Relive the moment here:
Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 274 at a loss of six wickets in the 50 overs with Mahela Jayawardene scoring a century. In reply, India lost Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early which left Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir in the middle.
Dhoni came out when Virat Kohli fell for 33. Along with Gautam Gambhir (97) he steadied the ship and took India home with Yuvraj for the company. He finished with 91 not out in 79 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes.
It was also the perfect way for Sachin Tendulkar’s World Cup career to end. On his sixth attempt, he finally knew what it felt like to be a World Champion. The Master Blaster ran to the field like an overjoyed kid and hugged Dhoni and Yuvraj. He finally realised his dream of being a part of a World Cup-winning team.
Team India made the country proud and it was also the proudest moment of Tendulkar’s life as told by the Master Blaster himself.