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OTD in 2011: India end 28-year wait as MS Dhoni finishes off in style to lift ODI World Cup

OTD in 2011: India end 28-year wait as MS Dhoni finishes off in style to lift ODI World Cup

India had to wait for 28 years for their second WC Trophy after winning the first in 1983

April 2, 2011, holds a cherished place in the hearts of every Indian cricket enthusiast as it marks the 13th anniversary of a monumental triumph: India clinching their second ODI World Cup title. Reflecting on this historic moment, let’s take a nostalgic journey back to India’s remarkable journey under MS Dhoni to lifting the coveted trophy, culminating in a glorious victory over Sri Lanka in the finals amidst a fervent crowd at Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede Stadium.

Following the disappointing outing at the 2007 ODI World Cup, Indian cricket underwent a transformation. The reins of captaincy shifted from Rahul Dravid to the dynamic MS Dhoni, under whose leadership India claimed the T20 World Cup in South Africa and the CB series in Australia. Slowly but steadily, India reasserted its dominance, particularly in home conditions.

Despite a setback in a five-match series against South Africa just ahead of the 2011 ODI World Cup, India commenced their campaign with a resounding 87-run victory over Bangladesh, posting a formidable 370/4. Led by the seasoned Virender Sehwag and the budding talent of Virat Kohli, India showcased a perfect blend of experience and youth, setting the tone for a promising journey ahead.

End of a 28-year-long wait for World Cup:

Although they faced a stumbling block with a tie against England, consecutive victories against Ireland and the Netherlands rekindled their momentum. A defeat to South Africa momentarily dented their spirits, but a spirited win against the West Indies secured their spot in the knockout stage, setting the stage for a high-stakes encounter against defending champions Australia.

On this day in 2011: India end 28-year wait, clinch second ODI World Cup with resiliet performance from MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir

In a nerve-wracking semifinal clash against Australia, India emerged victorious, fueled by stellar performances from Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar. The stage was now set for the ultimate showdown against Sri Lanka on April 2, 2011, with the World Cup trophy hanging in the balance.

Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka faced a daunting challenge against India’s formidable bowling attack, led by Zaheer Khan’s inspired spell. However, anchored by Mahela Jayawardene’s heroic century, Sri Lanka set a formidable target of 275. Lasith Malinga’s early breakthroughs rattled the Indian batting order, but Gautam Gambhir and Dhoni’s resilient partnership steered India towards victory.

Amidst euphoric celebrations, Dhoni’s unbeaten 91 and Yuvraj’s all-round brilliance etched their names in cricketing folklore, culminating in tears of joy as India lifted the coveted trophy after 28 years. The image of the Indian players carrying the legendary Sachin Tendulkar on their shoulders remains etched in the annals of cricketing history, symbolizing the fulfilment of a lifelong dream and a moment of unparalleled glory.

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