The Indian captain had scored just 150 in the last seven innings. Raina takes us through the chase under floodlights. Dhoni blasted it through extra cover. Ashish Nehra, left-arm medium pacer, had suffered a finger fracture while fielding in that match, and he was replaced by another pacer, Sreesanth. Kohli drove hard and Dilshan stuck out his hand. The needless stroke cost him a memorable hundred in the World Cup final. The end was in sight. But, to be held at ransom by an entire country! Sri Lanka knew the Indians' strength was batting, and thus they needed to take wickets to put them under pressure. Cricket had been catapulted into the forefront of public consciousness where it has remained ever since, the associated glitz, glamour and glitter of gold increasing exponentially with every passing year. And Heaven help them if they failed the scary expectations of a fanatically cricket-mad nation. When dangerman Tillakaratne Dilshan was foxed by Harbhajan, with Sri Lanka on 60 for 2 from 16.3 overs, India had reason to be happy. The dauntless spunk was eerie. Nay, they demanded it as their birthright. [20], The ratings agencies TAM and aMap respectively recorded that 135 million people in India watched the final live,[5][6] including 67.6 million Indian cable and satellite viewers. The victory prompted several firework displays and celebrations throughout India. There was no ticker tape parade for the team on an open bus (as was organised after the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup win) because of the hectic schedule, with the 2011 edition of the Indian Premier League starting on 8 April. April 2, 2011. With Jayawardene stroking boundaries with the touch of elegance, Nuwan Kulasekara launched into the bowling with gay abandon. And he went on to play an innings that sent his critics scurrying for cover, often under the guise of celebration. The country expected India to win. Coach Gary Kirsten was also carried around the ground later. India's Yuvraj Singh was declared the man of the tournament. In reply, India lost their opener Virender Sehwag to the second ball of the innings, out LBW by Lasith Malinga. Epics have been written about far lesser acts of bravery. The challenge did not come from the teams they played against. Yuvraj is the first all-rounder to score over 300 runs and pick 15 wickets in a single World Cup Celebrations went on through most of India over the weekend. The biggest hurdle was the expectation of a nation unused to sporting greatness, the raging fire of fancy fanned by the media. Their great bowler no longer held a threat. The team scored slowly until the 17th over when they lost both their openers. World Cup 2011 final: Suresh Raina breaks down India's run chase That the World Cup was won in the company of Sachin Tendulkar was a special moment for the entire team. In a couple of months, this victory would be a thing of the past. Both Gambhir and Dhoni emphasised on preserving the wickets, and later accelerating with a greater flow of boundaries. Zaheer began with three consecutive maidens and the wicket of Upul Tharanga, conceding only six runs in his five-over spell. 17-1 (Tharanga, 6.1), 60-2 (Dilshan, 16.3), 122-3 (Sangakkara, 27.5), 179-4 (T Samaraweera, 38.1), 182-5 (Kapugedera, 39.5), 248-6 (Kulasekara, 48) But, now they were subjected to one of the most aesthetically pleasing demonstrations of destruction. The runs were coming quickly. Some Indian players, including Harbhajan Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, and Yuvraj Singh, had tears in their eyes. He won the re-toss and decided to bat. Both the Sri Lankan openers, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga made unbeaten centuries and put up a world-record stand for the first wicket in a World Cup. India had won all but two matches to that point, losing to South Africa and tying with England in the group stage. Yuvraj Singh embraces Mahendra Singh Dhoni after he scores the winning runs in the 2011 World Cup final. The 2011 Cricket World Cup was the tenth World Cup, organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Yuvraj Singh was named Man of the Tournament for good all-round performance with both bat and ball throughout the tournament. The balance was shifting. The 2011 World Cup final was played at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Saturday 2nd April 2011. Dhoni came in after Kohli to bat at number five, usually the position of Yuvraj Singh. Chamara Kapugedera was sucked into self-destruction by a slower ball from Zaheer. Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir however did not show any sign of resignation. By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. [19], The final match was broadcast live in India on ESPN Star Sports' website and state-run free-to-air broadcasters Doordarshan and DD1. When it finally happened, there was a sweet delight of the unexpected. According to him, as he would be 37 by the time of the 2015 World Cup, could not be sure of his place in the side then and it would be better for a new captain to be groomed now, who would be at the peak of his career during that tournament. The all Asia final was won by India under the captaincy of MS Dhoni and the patronage of Sachin Tendulkar with India making it their second World Cup … India was widely rated as having the strongest batting line-up in the tournament, and chose to back this strength throughout the campaign by playing seven batsmen and four bowlers. India beat West Indies in their opening game and they ensured that their victory against the World Champions at Berbice in March 1983 was no flash in the pan.Every subsequent victory was welcomed with the pleasant surprise that flavours the feelings of the one who roots for the giant-killer. [8], India were making their 3rd appearance in a World Cup final. That brought the equation down to 37 off 41 balls. 2011 World Cup final decision in wankhede stadium ,Mumbai India vs Sri Lanka Sri Lanka won the toss and choose to bat first and manage to get 274–6 ,with tthe help of mahela Jayawardene under pressure knock of 103 and perera qquick fire . Unlike India’s fairytale win on June 25, 1983, things were very different this time around in 2011. For India, it's been a journey of ups and downs, euphoria and heartbreak. 16:00 IST | 10:30 GMT, India vs England Live Cricket Score and Updates: IND vs ENG 1st Test match Live cricket score at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, IPL 2021 | Gambhir Points Out Difference Between MS Dhoni's CSK and Virat Kohli's RCB, IPL 2021 | Why CSK Would SURELY Bid For Smith During Auction, 'Real Style Icon' - MS Dhoni's NEW 'Clean Shave' Look Impresses Fans, Camp With Yuvraj Singh Prepared me to Face Chin Music: Shubman Gill. [4][5][6] This was the second time in World Cup history that a host nation won the final and the first time to win on their home ground. Sangakkara added 62 runs with Mahela Jayawardene before being dismissed for 48 runs. Gautam Gambhir top-scored with 97 while MS Dhoni made 91 not out in the run chase. Photo Gallery:  India’s epic triumph over Sri Lanka, (Arunabha Sengupta is a cricket historian and Chief Cricket Writer at CricketCountry. Zaheer Khan ran in with a maturity stark in contrast to the verbal aggression of the first over eight years earlier — which had  taken 10 balls to complete and enabled Australia get off to a flier. The three top run scorers of this tournament were from these finalists: Tillekaratne Dilshan (500 runs), Sachin Tendulkar (482), and Kumar Sangakkara (465). The World Cup was not a cricketing tournament but an obsession to the point of national psychosis, a fanaticism stretching across the realms of sporting, political, ethnic and to some extent religious. Taufel had never been able to officiate in a World Cup final because Australia had been qualifying for the finals in the last four editions. There was keen tussle till the end and no team gave an inch. Captain Kumar Sangakkara came in after Tharanga's dismissal, and was building a solid foundation with Dilshan before the latter was dismissed. Sri Lanka 274 for 6 (Kumar Sangakkara 48, Mahela Jayawardene 103*) lost to India 277 for 4 in 48.2 overs (Gautam Gambhir 97, MS Dhoni 91*) by 6 wickets. Spinner Rangana Herath was also dropped. The ICC ruled out Pakistan citing security reasons. After the presentation, an ecstatic Indian team first held the Cup amid showers of champagne and confetti. Whether it is justifiable or not is subject to debate. Indian fans were ecstatic at the win, and at the overall performance of the team through the tournament. Opening batsman Tillekaratne Dilshan was the highest run scorer in the tournament, with Sangakkara being the third highest (the second highest was Sachin Tendulkar of India). When he came to bat, India needed more than six runs per over with three top … He almost paid the price. It had been done once before — 28 long years ago. India were on top. Less than eighty were required. They managed wins in four of their six games, lost one against South Africa while their game against England was a high scoring tie. There had been no spectacular hitting, but steady professional approach. cwc19 31 Jan 19 00:36 India win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 with Dhoni’s match winning six. On April 2, exactly two years ago, when Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked out to toss alongside Kumar Sangakkara, the nation sat on the proverbial edge of their seats. They won four of their six games, suffered a defeat against Pakistan and against Australia was washed out. 2011 Cricket World Cup statistics. The 33,000 at Wankhede sensed something special. To be at a virtual gun point of the most inflammable and most numerous fans who ever followed a sport? The Indian players dedicated their victory to Tendulkar; Virat Kohli said, "he has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. He writes about the history and the romance of the game, punctuated often by opinions about modern day cricket, while his post-graduate degree in statistics peeps through in occasional analytical pieces. In the end nothing untoward happened, and a run was added to the score. Tendulkar was soon chaired around the field — Virat Kohli coming up with that immortal line, “He carried the Indian team on his shoulder for 21 years. Sri Lanka qualified for the knockouts with a second-place finish in Group A. Muralitharan was introduced in the 19th over. Mahela Jayawardene came to the crease when Sri Lanka were 60/2 in the 17th over. One mistake and Dhoni would have poison dipped questions launched at him like millions of simultaneous arrows. Malinga ran in, one last throw of the Lankan dice. Jeff Crowe was the match referee and Steve Davis the reserve umpire. Both teams had progressed through three stages to reach the final. The next set of batsmen, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli, added 83 runs in 15 overs before the latter got out in the 22nd over. Off-spinner Suraj Randiv and batsman Chamara Kapugedera were flown in from Sri Lanka to strengthen the side. ICC World Cup 2011 final: Daring MS Dhoni masterminds India's epic triumph over Sri Lanka When MS Dhoni launched Nuwan Kulasekara over long-on, India triumphed in the World Cup after 28 years. The plan of his coming ahead and countering Murali had paid off handsomely. Upul Tharanga was taken in the slips by Virender Sehwag, Sri Lanka managed just 31 from the first 10. The team would be severely criticised for defeat in the hands of England – and then Australia. His fifty was up. At the end of the match, the batting strength of both the teams stood out. In the final against Sri Lanka, chasing 275, Dhoni promoted himself up the batting order, coming before an in-form Yuvraj Singh. The Men in Blue had been cast as infallible. He had talked at length about the drop in the performance of India, voicing that often the biggest accidents took place on the way down after the summit had been conquered. When he was on 30, Gambhir mistimed a shot off the bowling of Suraj Randiv, sending the ball high up in the air, but Nuwan Kulasekara could not hold on to a difficult chance at long off. Yet there he was striding in, the face betraying little emotion. But at the other end, Jayawardene went on and on, as if on a different strip, ground and zone. The intentions were clear. cwc19 31 Jan 19 00:36 India win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 with Dhoni’s match winning six. Chamara Kapugedera, who was playing his first World Cup match, was caught off a deceptive slower ball by Zaheer Khan. [10] Taufel had never been able to officiate in a World Cup final because Australia had been qualifying for the finals in the last four editions. Now, victory achieved, the nation and the various Diasporas around the world let their hair down and revelled in the triumph. Yet, how many captains would have put their heads on the chopping block like that? Gone were the days of restraint, reserve and frugality. The game had been transformed from fun to fancy to fanaticism. Thilan Samaraweera was trapped leg-before, the Indian demand for review bearing fruit, Simon Taufel’s decision overturned. There was not even a smile from the captain. Every move of Dhoni had been mercilessly criticised, severely hauled over calumnious flames of downright abuse. The other Indian players were out on the field as well, hugging each other, in the shared joy of success. It was the first time the city has hosted a World Cup final, and was the second final to be hosted by India, after the 1987 final held at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. However, this was a known factor and was taken into consideration by the Sri Lankan captain when he chose to bat first after winning the toss. In a way, we can find explanations of the debacles in England and Australia if we look at the amount of obvious relief — mental and physical — that the cricketers must have experienced when the war was finally won against all possible odds. ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Final; Sri Lanka (274-6) v India (277-4). Yet, the extent of downright hatred for the man for every failure or questionable tactic was not just unusual, it was scary. He started with a three off Kulasekara. 4 years later, when Virat Kohli had taken his first steps towards super-stardom, he was out for 1, again to another left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson. New batsman Thilan Samaraweera was adjudged not out by the umpire when a ball hit his thigh pad off the bowling of Yuvraj Singh. India won the match by six wickets—its second World Cup win after the 1983 tournament—and became the third team to have won the title more than once, after Australia (1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and later 2015) and the West Indies (1975 and 1979).[3]. Dhoni scores 6 runs to seal the World Cup victory for Team India. The Sri Lankan maestro hit it over mid-off for a boundary to bring up his hundred. The master was looking in supreme touch. Asked MS Dhoni to Promote Himself During 2011 World Cup Final: Sachin Tendulkar Tendulkar, Dhoni, Sehwag and the then India coach Gary Kirsten discussed the strategy and agreed. Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir started the recovery with some fluent stroke play and quick running between wickets, taking India to 114 before Kohli was caught-and-bowled by Tillakaratne Dilshan for 35. Gambhir was focused on twisting the initiative away. In 2019, Virat Kohli was a legend. It’s time we carried him.”. Gambhir got out for 97 runs in the 42nd over. The good balls were tapped for singles; the bad balls were dispatched for fours. Finally, after 46 matches, 4 talented teams have entered into the Semi Final stage of the ICC 2011 Cricket World Cup Series. India v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2011, final, Mumbai Retroreport - Dhoni and Gambhir lead India to World Cup glory. India largely retained the same team it had in the semi-final against Pakistan, with just one change. In the final against Sri Lanka, chasing 275, Dhoni promoted himself up the batting order, coming before an in-form Yuvraj Singh. Cricket World Cup 2011 Memories: The identity of the person, which remains a secret is veteran cricketer Gavaskar’s friend’s friend, who had witnessed the spectacular match on that seat and also in possession of the ball that Dhoni had hit for that iconic six. The competition took place between 19 February and 2 April 2011. In two previous World Cups, India had scored just one victory — against unpretentious and unheralded East Africa. India chased down the total and won the match by six wickets in the 49th over. If Sri Lanka entertained notions of getting back into the game, they were quickly quelled by Yuvraj. Besides, he read the doosra of the mighty Muralitharan better than any other man in the middle order. The sense of reality had disappeared in potholes of near-fundamentalist blindness. Gambhir and Dhoni added 109 for the fourth wicket with Gambhir scoring 97. Co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, the tournament was the third World Cup to be played in the Indian subcontinent. Australia was a strong team and the defending champions, and India had to give a very good performance to restrict Australia to 260 and then successfully chase down the target even as wickets fell regularly. He had started the tournament with two hundreds, had scored a half century in the quarter-final, and a chancy, bizarre 85 to top score in the semi-final. On this day, he was silent, scorching and sharp. With billions of feet raised to stamp on his head at anything remotely resembling failure, with the baiters gnashing their teeth at his heels all through the progress to the finals, he looked his familiar detached self — the same image that had given rise to the nickname ‘Captain Cool’. The first team to play the World Cup Semi Finals is Pakistan after beating West Indies in the Quarter Finals. Both Kohli and Dhoni are right-handed batsmen, while Gambhir and Yuvraj are left-handed. [13] Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan was bowled by Harbhajan Singh when a delivery carried on to the stumps after deflecting off his gloves. In between, of course, Kohli took time off to essay some scintillating flicks off even the best of balls. After the final, Dhoni revealed that a lot of the players had not been eating properly due to the anxiety that dogged them continuously. By now, even the security guards employed in the stadium were dancing with the crowd. Both of India's knockout matches were high-pressure contests. MS Dhoni was named Man of the Match for his powerful and match-winning batting display under pressure. It went to long-off, eminently catchable, but Kulasekara responded late. [16] By crossing the target of 274, India had set a record for the highest successful run-chase in a World Cup final.[13]. Sachin Tendulkar was the first on the ground with that most brilliant of smiles worth travelling miles to see. Raina takes us through the chase under floodlights. Dhoni was declared the "man of the match" for scoring 91 runs, while his compatriot Yuvraj Singh was awarded the "man of the tournament". The New Zealand semi-final was more keenly contested, but was still won with relative ease by Sri Lanka. Zaheer, with 25 from 8 overs so far, was smashed into the stands over mid-wicket. The fourth slot was taken by different bowlers in different matches, including Sreesanth, Nehra, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, or off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. india vs sri lanka world cup final 2011 full match highlights dhoni It had been a near error in judgement and he was furious with himself. Asked about Man of the Tournament Yuvraj Singh, Dhoni said that he had been vomiting a lot. Abhishek Mukherjee 28 May, 2019 15:06 IST The 2019 World Cup will be the 12th edition of the big-ticket event. And then Malinga broke millions of hearts. [7], The match was the tenth World Cup final and was hosted at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Along with other considerations, by coming ahead of Yuvraj, Dhoni ensured there would be a right-left batting combination between him and Gambhir, which makes it difficult for the bowlers to get into a rhythm, and necessitates frequent field changes. It is perhaps the cost of fame, success or the immense popularity of the game in the country. The Indians were not about to be intimidated by an early wicket. Jump to navigation Jump to search. MS Dhoni (91) scored a huge six on the long-on boundary. On these very human souls had been thrust the stature of gods. You can find out more-, “He carried the Indian team on his shoulder for 21 years. The pair took Sri Lanka's total to 274 runs at the close of the innings. India won the tournament, defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, thus becoming the first country to win the Cricket World Cup final on home soil. In the era of globalisation and internet, of open economy and easy money, of galloping Sensex and pre-approved credit cards — it was the voice of the consumer clamouring for the trophy. The Indians played Muralitharan with respect, the rest as par the merit of the ball. It was reviewed (without consultation, as in the semi-final), but the decision stuck. With the final adding several dimensions of pressure to the chase, this was going to take some catching. The smile that had been stopped five times in the past and could be flashed now without any inhibition. The bat was almost imperceptibly as an afterthought. Following this, the Indian President Pratibha Patil also announced her decision to attend the match. The fight was on. In Zaheer’s last over, Thisara Perera swung his bat to hit 4,4,2,6. Dhoni had already turned to Ravi Shastri and declared, “We’ll bat.” But, the toss had to be redone. Not because of the quality of opposition or keenness of contest. Dhoni was portrayed by Sushant Singh Rajput. Fast Bowler Irfan Pathan also missed the chance to feature in the Indian squad for world cup 2011. In 2011 World Cup, he was the captain of the Indian team and despite not being in the best of form, Dhoni played a match-winning knock in the final against Sri Lanka and sealed the trophy for the Men in Blue with an iconic six over long-on. There would be no breather as the new man played himself in. It is time we carried him on our shoulders. Gautam Gambhir followed the Indian run of 275, but his first World Cup century was three runs short. [13], India had a shaky start, with Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar both dismissed early by Lasith Malinga, leaving them struggling at 31 for two. And suddenly Dhoni was into his forties. 2011 World Cup of Cricket was the Tenth Cricket World Cup. Yuvraj Singh (21) also remained unbeaten in the end with the Indian captain. The on-field umpires were Simon Taufel of Australia and Aleem Dar of Pakistan, with Ian Gould being the third (TV) umpire. It stung Sri Lanka. Off the first ball of Perera’s next over, Dhoni cut over point. Jeff Crowe was the match referee and Steve Davis the reserve umpire. M.S. It would prove very, very costly. Yuvraj picked 15 wickets including a 5-wicket haul and smashed 362 runs at 90.50 with 1 hundred. The third ball he faced was short, and was pulled away in front of mid-wicket for four. Among the four bowling slots, Zaheer Khan was the pace spearhead supported in most matches by Munaf Patel, while Harbhajan Singh was the regular off-spinner. The Indians had been under a degree of pressure perhaps unmatched ever in the history of sports. © 2021 Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited. The Indian speedster finished with 60 from his 10 overs, 35 from his final 2. To come back to the match, the margin of six wickets and 10 balls is misleading given the closeness of the actual encounter. Like in many other day-night matches in the subcontinent, dew started to form on the outfield grass in the night, making the ball damp and difficult to grip especially in the later part of India's batting. Millions worshipped them. Sachin Tendulkar was in imperious form. It was an amazing catch, and the young Delhi batsman walked back for 35. Perera’s delivery was just about good length, and the left-hander stepped out towards the leg side, and tried to biff it through the off. Jayawardene, meanwhile, continued with his quality batting, ultimately scoring 103 not out from 88 balls in a high-class batting display. In the 47th over two fours — one apiece from Dhoni and Yuvraj — made it 16 required off 18 balls. Off Murali’s next over, Dhoni latched on to an over-pitched delivery and drove it against the spin past long-off. The final generated huge interest. In Sachin Tendulkar's biopic movie Sachin: A Billion Dreams the match is also a significant part of the story plot. The next ball was another slower with the same end result. It was decided that there would be a re-toss. India were drawn in Group B where they finished second behind South Africa. The ball swerved away, and the attempted steer took the edge through to Sangakkara. How Dhoni walked out to toss out with not a crease on his brow remains a mystery. The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup was the tenth Cricket World Cup.It was played in India, Sri Lanka, and (for the first time) Bangladesh. Gambhir nearing the nineties. The emphatic victory over England at Manchester (the venue where India began their victory march) exceeded all expectations. Yuvraj Singh was the 8th highest run scorer and 4th highest wicket taker in 2011 World Cup. Sri Lanka made four changes to their side from the semi-final. Every placement a fine art on its own. The lack of form of the captain with the bat had been placed under colossal microscopes for relentless censure. Mahela Jayawardene essayed one of the finest knocks ever, and became the first man to score a hundred in a World Cup final in a losing cause. Gambhir tried to bring up his century with a boundary, but his heaving bat failed to connect with the ball, and he was bowled by Thisara Perera. The archived footages of the actual match were used and the face of the lead actor was used instead of Dhoni's face. He already had proven spinners in Harbhajan and Yuvraj, and could call upon many other Indian players who can bowl part-time spin (including Sachin Tendulkar, Suresh Raina, and Virender Sehwag). India of 2011 was very different unlike 1983. At the other end, Dilshan was superbly cut away for a boundary by Kohli. The required run-rate was nearly six, it needed to be maintained for 28.2 overs. 16:00 IST | 10:30 GMT, 13 Feb, 2021 The pitch did not really help, and the champion spinner made little impression. india vs sri lanka world cup final 2011 full match highlights dhoni. All of these umpires are highly rated; Taufel has won 5 ICC Umpire of the Year awards, while Dar has won two. And at 114 for 3 in the 22nd over, Dhoni famously walked out, promoting himself ahead of the man in form Yuvraj Singh. The Sri Lankan shoulders dropped. In the 2011 World Cup semi-final against Pakistan, when he was still a novice, Kohli fell for 9 to left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz. Catch live and fully detailed scorecard of India vs Sri Lanka, Final, Apr 02, ICC World Cup 2011 on Cricbuzz Dhoni : The Untold Story, the biopic of then Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The final award asking rate never too much on the pads, rooted to the score referee and Davis... 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