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After 1983 when India won the World Cup under the captaincy of Kapil Dev, 2011 World Cup become made the history. Losing six World Cups’ trophy from 1987 to 2007, finally, our young boys under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the World Cup again. And the match with Sri Lanka was not easy, but with the correct direction, cool captain, young and fit fielders, amazing batting, mind-blowing team unity and the straight shot by Dhoni became the tool that helped us in winning the match.

That victory did not belong to only the captain, a player, man-of-match or the coach instead it is the victory of the whole nation, each every person who was sitting in front of their T.V and in the stadium.

That match and the memories related to it is still green in all of our hearts, and as we know that World Cup 2019 is around the corner, so let us read some memories relieved by Suresh Raina and Gautam Gambhir about final match.

When Dhoni hit his favorite straight six (helicopter shot)…

"It’s ironic, but in my mind, everything just went silent as MS cracked that straight six, my eyes just fixed on that ball, watching it travel," Raina winds back the clock.

"It was a mix of emotions, there were incredible happiness, relief and a sense of real achievement. We had worked very hard leading up to the tournament and to fulfill the dream was just amazing. To win the World Cup in front of our home crowd was the icing on the cake."

"It was a mix of emotions, there were incredible happiness, relief and a sense of real achievement. We had worked very hard leading up to the tournament and to fulfill the dream was just amazing. To win the World Cup in front of our home crowd was the icing on the cake."

Incredible team management…

“We were pretty much confident,” recalls Gambhir of the talk in the dressing room at the innings break. “With the kind of wicket it was, we should be able to chase with the kind of batting order we had. The kind of depth, quality, and experience we had. We backed ourselves to chase that total.”

"Gambhir’s 97 was one of the reasons we were able to seal the win. His and Dhoni’s partnership really brought us back in the game. He was truly the unsung hero of that final."

Yuvi...Yuvi...

It was not just Dhoni’s six, but the visuals of Yuvraj Singh going down on his knees, letting out a huge roar while swatting his bat in the air at the Motera stadium had become the iconic scene in the whole tournament. He smashed Brett Lee through extra cover to power India into the semi-final.

Sachin- OUT…

"There was pin-drop silence I remember in the stadium," Raina recalls. "But we regrouped and kept chipping away at the target. In a final, you have to keep your nerve and not get overawed by the situation."

Then Gambhir and Kohli eased the nerve with an 83-run stand. The match was so memorable, and again we hope our Indian cricket team does well as they do, and we wish them luck.

Author-Simran Bhatnagar

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