New Delhi [India], April. 2 (ANI): As the Indian cricket fraternity and the fans in this cricket crazy nation get nostalgic over the historic ICC World Cup victory in 2011, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar shares an inspiring message for everyone.
April 2, 2011 was a historic day for India as the Asian giant lifted the second World Cup trophy and for the first time in 28 years after 1983.
India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets with 10 balls remaining to complete a truly historic victory in front of hysteric crowd at the iconic Wankhede in Mumbai. Chasing a stiff target of 274, captain cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck a brilliant 91 to mark April 2 as a historic day in Indian cricket history.
The hosts were in a spot of bother after they lost three quick wickets in Virender Sehwag, Tendulkar and Virat Kohli cheaply. But Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh rose to the occasion to steer India to a terrific win.
The duo of Dhoni and Gambhir added pivotal 109 runs for the fourth wicket before Gambhir was bowled on 97.
At the time when the left-handed opener from Delhi got dismissed, India still needed a run-a-ball 52 from 52 balls and the match could have swung either way. But Yuvraj and Dhoni batted superbly, using all their experience to chase down the target with rather ease.
Dhoni finished off in a fantastic fashion, hitting a big six over long on to Nuvan Kulasekara and giving Indian fans a moment that they could hardly ever forget in their lives.
Here’s how the Indian cricket fraternity remembers this historic win:
Dhoni was adjudged Man of the Match while Yuvraj took home the Man of the Series honours for all-round performance in the prestigious quadrennial event.
Sachin Tendulkar was carried on the shoulders for a victory lap in what turned out to be his last World Cup. (ANI)
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