#ThrowbackThursday: Reliving Moments From 2011 World Cup Victory

It’s been 9 years since India lifted the World Cup trophy in 2011, after a gap of 28 years when they beat Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede Stadium.

Suresh Raina, the Indian middle-order batsman, was an integral part of India’s triumph in the 2011 World Cup win. The left-handed batsman took to Twitter to share an image in which the whole team was celebrating with the trophy. Raina captioned the post saying, “Things end but memories last forever. Remembering the rush, excitement, the thrill of it all, of the fantastic moments leading up to us lifting the world cup. Irreplaceable.Unforgettable.Thankful to have been part of this iconic moment in the history of cricket. #worldcup2011”.

Yuvraj Singh also took to Twitter to share the memory and wrote, “Words will never be able to describe what a moment for every Indian it was, this is what we live for !! Jai Hind”.

India had displayed flawless performance throughout the tournament to advance to knockout stages. Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, and Zaheer Khan were the heroes of India’s World Cup win. Sachin Tendulkar was India’s highest run-scorer with 481 runs in 9 innings, Yuvraj Singh was the man of the tournament for his all-round show (362 runs and 15 wickets) and Zaheer Khan was the joint highest wicket-taker of the tournament along with Shahid Afridi with 21 scalps.

Apart from these three, there were three other Indian cricketers who played a major role in India’s triumphant run. Gautam Gambhir’s biggest highlight of his career was his 97-run knock in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka. One of the main reasons why India was able to put up those big scores while batting first in the 2011 World Cup was the flying starts provided by Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. Munaf was MS Dhoni’s most trusted medium-pacer of that tournament after Zaheer Khan. The right-armer may not have set the stage on fire with his bowling in 2011 World Cup but his consistency in the tournament gave a great balance to the Indian side and even allowed Dhoni to play an extra spinner at times.

In the final of the 2011 World Cup, Gautam Gambhir, and MS Dhoni scored 97 and 91 respectively and of course, our captain cool finished the match in his best six making India lift the World Cup for the first time since 1983.