On This Day: India won the ICC World Cup 2011

Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd! India lift the World Cup after 28 years!

April 2, 2011 – A fairy-tale and a million dreams fulfilled. Ravi Shastri screamed in delight, Dhoni just tweaked an elbow and an entire nation erupted in delight. This day, seven years ago, India won the World Cup after a gap of 28 long years. Sachin Tendulkar cried. Harbhajan Singh cried. Yuvraj Singh cried. Heck, we all cried!

Like Kapil Dev in 1983, it was another Indian captain – MS Dhoni – who was at the fore front of the 2011 World Cup win, ending the country’s remarkably long wait for its second title. And Dhoni did it in trademark style, lifting Nuwan Kulasekara for a memorable six over long-on at Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede Stadium.

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Dhoni’s winning shot in ICC World Cup 2011 Final

The glorious win also came as the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for the great Sachin Tendulkar, who was playing his sixth and final ODI World Cup – and lifted the cup in front of a packed house in his home city of Mumbai. The ‘Master Blaster’ was then lifted on to the shoulders by young Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan as the Indian team took a lap of honour in the stadium.

The win was also special for the fact that India became the first ever team to win a World Cup at home and the MS Dhoni-led side also etched its name in history as the only team to win the 60-over World Cup and the 50-over World Cup. Captain Dhoni added his second global trophy after the 2007 T20 World Cup triumph in South Africa.

India had beaten sides like Australia and arch-rivals Pakistan in their run up to the big final against Sri Lanka, who were playing their second consecutive World Cup final. Lankan icon Mahela Jayawardene batted superbly and scored a sublime century to take the Islanders to a total of 274 runs in their stipulated 50 overs. In reply, India lost stalwarts Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early before captain Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir joined hands to stitch together a partnership of 109 runs which was instrumental in the win.

Gambhir fell for a score of 97 and it was eventually Dhoni, who finished things off in style as he brought out his trademark helicopter shot to hit the winning runs and spark frenzied celebrations in the stadium and across the country. Be it Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata or any other part of the country – everyone celebrated, everyone hugged each other, everyone screamed in unison, everyone came out and blared their car horns to leave the streets packed with cricket lovers.

To mark the landmark day, Indian cricketers who were a part of the 2011 World Cup winning squad have been posting tweets reminiscing the momentous win.

The World Cup win in 2011 came after a gap of 28 years for Team India after Kapil Dev led India to World Cup glory in 1983 against Wes Indies at Lords. ICC World Cup 2019 is just around the corner and with MS Dhoni likely to play his last World Cup, fans and his teammates would hope to win the game for their former skipper and a great teammate.

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