India’s 2011 World Cup Triumph 10th anniversary: The 2011 World Cup final was played at the iconic Wankhede Stadium between India and Sri Lanka. India, led by MS Dhoni lost the toss and Kumar Sangakkara-led Sri Lanka batted first. No main host had ever won the World Cup before this final.
Mahela Jayawardene was the star for Sri Lanka as he scored a classy hundred. His batting against the Indian spinners was a treat to watch. No player had ended up on the losing side after scoring a hundred in a World Cup final before.
Indian team’s chase seemed completely derailed when Lasith Malinga struck twice in the early overs of the Indian innings. He got Virender Sehwag out first and then dismissed an imperious-looking Sachin Tendulkar to send Indian fans into despair.
Gautam Gambhir steadied the ship for India by batting efficiently with Virat Kohli. Gambhir’s tackling of Muttiah Muralitharan and Suraj Randiv was especially admirable as he stroked the ball around against them beautifully.
In a captain’s call that has become part of Indian cricket folklore, captain MS Dhoni decided to bat at no. 5, ahead of Yuvraj Singh, the eventual Man of the Tournament. What made this decision all the more stunning was the fact that he had been in ordinary form before this match.
Dhoni batted with authority and seemed back to his best. His 109-run partnership with Gambhir settled the issue and ensured that India’s World Cup triumph was in the bag. Even after Gambhir’s dismissal, there were no hiccups.
The moment of triumph was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all members of Indian cricket team. However, for none it was more joyful than Sachin Tendulkar. The batting legend had waited more than two decades to get his hand on the biggest cricketing prize.
The pictures of Tendulkar celebrating with his teammates made the entire nation emotional. Even though he didn’t contribute much with the bat in this game, Sachin couldn’t care less as he finally became a World Champion.
Yuvraj Singh was the overall star of India’s World Cup triumph as his all-round contributions powered India in the tournament. He had announced before the World Cup that he wants to win the trophy for someone special. He later revealed that it was none other than Sachin Tendulkar.