Gautam Gambhir: Stop ‘obsession’ with MS Dhoni’s 6; World Cup 2011 won by ‘entire Indian team’
On this day (April 2) in 2011, India won the 2011 World Cup at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. Now, top-scorer in that final, Gautam Gambhir has taken a dig at captain MS Dhoni and asked everyone to stop 'obsession' with Dhoni's six that sealed victory for India
Bengaluru: As India celebrates World Cup win anniversary today (April 2), one of the heroes of that historic triumph, Gautam Gambhir has asked everyone to stop “obsession” with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s six that sealed the win for India in the final against Sri Lanka.
On April 2, 2011, India won the World Cup, ending a 28-year wait. At Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Dhoni finished the final with a six off Nuwan Kulasekara. That six is etched in every Indian fan’s memory. However, according to Gambhir, it was not the only shot which gave India the World Cup trophy.
In the final, Gambhir was the top-scorer for India with 97 (122 balls, 9x4). He and Dhoni had a match-winning partnership. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 91 (79 balls, 8x4, 2x6) and Yuvraj Singh was at the other end when India won the trophy.
On that night, India successfully chased down 275. The hosts reached the target in 48.2 overs. Gambhir missed out on a century with India just 52 runs away from victory.
On Thursday morning as Indian fans remembered the historic World Cup win, Gambhir said it was time to hit the obsession with Dhoni’s six for a six.
“Just a reminder @ESPNcricinfo: #worldcup2011 was won by entire India, entire Indian team & all support staff. High time you hit your obsession for a SIX,” Gambhir, who is now a BJP MP, wrote on his Twitter page, replying to website espncricinfo’s comment of “#OnThisDay in 2011, the shot that sent millions of Indians into jubilation”. It had Dhoni’s picture of hitting that famous six.
After the final, Gambhir had said they all played for batting legend Sachin Tendulkar. “All credit goes to Sachin Tendulkar. We played for him. Beating Australia (quarter-final) and Pakistan (semi-final) and now this, it is a dream come true.”
Currently, India is under a 21-day lockdown as it fights the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Gambhir has released Rs 1 crore for relief works from his MPLAD funds.