On this Day! 2011 World Cup Final MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir take India to victory

Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni narrowly outshone Mahela Jayawardene in an all-Asian 2011 World Cup final dominated by three superb batting performances as India reclaimed the World Cup after 28 long years. After the agony of 1996, the heartbreak of 2003 and the embarrassment of 2007 India rose to their second title on the back of Gambhir's stubborn 97 and his partnership with Dhoni, who shut down Sri Lanka from the contest after reducing the favorites to 114/3 and 275.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 02, 2020 11:35 IST

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Suresh Raina says it was an Unforgettable Day 

The effortlessly unbeaten 103 of Jayawardene had lifted Sri Lanka to a daunting total after they were themselves in the early fight, but India had their answer in Gambhir. He superbly guided the chase after the openers had fallen cheaply with a gritty inning, and alongside Dhoni, who had cut an exhausted figure by the end of his knock, helped direct India to a six-wicket victory. The winning hit came from a gigantic six, in the ground, cuing absolute pandemonium.

The pressure you are going through is a lot; we felt it during the tournament," was how Dhoni described being inside the bubble of the Indian team. 

Sachin Tendulkar was one of the first to run to the field after 22 years in the game, and it was an eye-witching moment to observe.

 

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