For India, it's been a journey of ups and downs, euphoria and heartbreak. Sri Lanka had belted their way to 274. In a couple of months, this victory would be a thing of the past. Sri Lanka made four changes to their side from the semi-final. The culmination of the tenth edition of the World Cup, it was the first time that these two teams had met each other at this stage in the tournament history. The bat was almost imperceptibly as an afterthought. Zaheer began with three consecutive maidens and the wicket of Upul Tharanga, conceding only six runs in his five-over spell. Jeff Crowe was the match referee and Steve Davis the reserve umpire. The pitch did not really help, and the champion spinner made little impression. Skipper Sangakkara departed two short of fifty, getting an under-edge trying to cut Yuvraj. The team then carried iconic player Tendulkar on a victory lap around the stadium. Following this, the Indian President Pratibha Patil also announced her decision to attend the match. He started with a three off Kulasekara. The first team to play the World Cup Semi Finals is Pakistan after beating West Indies in the Quarter Finals. [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. 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. Murali came back. [9] All of these umpires are highly rated; Taufel has won 5 ICC Umpire of the Year awards, while Dar has won two. Yet, the extent of downright hatred for the man for every failure or questionable tactic was not just unusual, it was scary. 16:00 IST | 10:30 GMT, 13 Feb, 2021 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. Some Indian players, including Harbhajan Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, and Yuvraj Singh, had tears in their eyes. That brought the equation down to 37 off 41 balls. His fifty was up. [16] By crossing the target of 274, India had set a record for the highest successful run-chase in a World Cup final.[13]. 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. During the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka, then skipper MS Dhoni had smashed a six to allow the Men in Blue to lift their second ODI World Cup. The 2011 final was the first to feature two teams from the same continent, and the first time that two co-hosts contested the final. In One Day Internationals, India led Sri Lanka with 75 victories against 52 victories for Sri Lanka, while 11 matches had ended with no result.[8]. On this day, he was silent, scorching and sharp. The next ball was another slower with the same end result. Yuvraj Singh was named Man of the Tournament for good all-round performance with both bat and ball throughout the tournament. Arunabha Sengupta relives the moments during the riveting final at the Wankhede Stadium. Photo Gallery:  India’s epic triumph over Sri Lanka, (Arunabha Sengupta is a cricket historian and Chief Cricket Writer at CricketCountry. Ashish Nehra, left-arm medium pacer, had suffered a finger fracture while fielding in that match, and he was replaced by another pacer, Sreesanth. 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. The intentions were clear. April 2, 2011. [14][15] Dhoni finished on 91 not out from 79 deliveries. And Heaven help them if they failed the scary expectations of a fanatically cricket-mad nation. Previously, they won the final in 1983, and lost in 2003. The President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa, a known cricket enthusiast, announced he would attend the match along with his sons. The Men in Blue had been cast as infallible. 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. Millions worshipped them. The three top run scorers of this tournament were from these finalists: Tillekaratne Dilshan (500 runs), Sachin Tendulkar (482), and Kumar Sangakkara (465). Yuvraj Singh (21) also remained unbeaten in the end with the Indian captain. This is a list of statistics for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. No one expected them to win when they played the first match against West Indies at Manchester. 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. cwc19 31 Jan 19 00:36 India win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 with Dhoni’s match winning six. Sri Lanka had won all but one completed match, against Pakistan. India had won. [8], India were making their 3rd appearance in a World Cup final. Helped by the hard-hitting of Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera, Sri Lanka scored 91 runs in the last 10 overs, including 63 in the batting powerplay (45–50 overs) to take the score to 274/6. The ICC ruled out Pakistan citing security reasons. 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. Gambhir was focused on twisting the initiative away. 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). Sachin Tendulkar, too, got out quickly. To come back to the match, the margin of six wickets and 10 balls is misleading given the closeness of the actual encounter. Explorer Mike Horn, who had worked with the Indian team during the World Cup preparations, had spoken to me in February 2012. The 2011 World Cup Final Highlights package featuring India vs Sri Lanka is presented here with HD quality video and match summary. He scored it off Nuwan Kulasekara’s bowling. And the captain? © 2021 Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited. India and their semi-final opponents, Pakistan, have historically been rivals, and there was immense public pressure on both teams with the match attended by the Prime Ministers of both countries. The dauntless spunk was eerie. Barely a smile, with which he uprooted one stump as souvenir. 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. Under the infinite calmness and inscrutable visage, there was a severe zeal to win. Under Dhoni's captaincy, India won the 2011 World Cup. It instantly takes the whole nation down the memory lane when MS Dhoni launched a humongous six off Nuwan Kulasekara to seal the 2011 World Cup trophy. One good ball or one false stroke could plunge him forever into the quicksand of eternal vilification. Tendulkar started with some good strokes, racing to 18 off 14 balls, but then edged a catch to wicketkeeper Sangakkara. 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. Gambhir nearing the nineties. And off the next ball, the game turned again. In 2019, Virat Kohli was a legend. By now, even the security guards employed in the stadium were dancing with the crowd. When it finally happened, there was a sweet delight of the unexpected. In the 47th over two fours — one apiece from Dhoni and Yuvraj — made it 16 required off 18 balls. The master was looking in supreme touch. Jump to navigation Jump to search. In between, of course, Kohli took time off to essay some scintillating flicks off even the best of balls. Dhoni had led India to the summit in the Twenty 20 World Cup in 2007 and at that moment India held the No. The Indians had been under a degree of pressure perhaps unmatched ever in the history of sports. Finally, after 46 matches, 4 talented teams have entered into the Semi Final stage of the ICC 2011 Cricket World Cup Series. [21]. 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. 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. Thilan Samaraweera was trapped leg-before, the Indian demand for review bearing fruit, Simon Taufel’s decision overturned. Second team to qualify for the Semi Final against Pakistan is India that qualified after beating the three times champion Australia. In Sri Lanka, however there were only a few firework displays. India v Sri Lanka, World Cup 2011, final, Mumbai Retroreport - Dhoni and Gambhir lead India to World Cup glory. 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. Dhoni was portrayed by Sushant Singh Rajput. Yet there he was striding in, the face betraying little emotion. Match referee Jeff Crowe did not hear Sangakkara’s call when the coin was tossed. The match was watched by about 42,000 spectators at the venue and about 135 million viewers on television in India. Both Kohli and Dhoni are right-handed batsmen, while Gambhir and Yuvraj are left-handed. It had been done once before — 28 long years ago. And suddenly Dhoni was into his forties. Legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was carrying minor injuries, but was retained. They managed wins in four of their six games, lost one against South Africa while their game against England was a high scoring tie. The biggest hurdle was the expectation of a nation unused to sporting greatness, the raging fire of fancy fanned by the media. And he went on to play an innings that sent his critics scurrying for cover, often under the guise of celebration. Every move of Dhoni had been mercilessly criticised, severely hauled over calumnious flames of downright abuse. But, to be held at ransom by an entire country! The score read 183 for 5 at the end of 40 overs and the Indians were still smiling. The sense of reality had disappeared in potholes of near-fundamentalist blindness. [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. After some days of deliberation, Kumar Sangakkara, the Sri Lankan captain, announced on 5 April that he was resigning from the post of captain of the One Day International and Twenty20 sides in the long-term interest of the team. Malinga ran in, one last throw of the Lankan dice. It would prove very, very costly. There was going to be no epic played according to the script for Tendulkar. India won the tournament, defeating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the final at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, thus becoming the first country to win the Cricket World Cup final on home soil. They won four of their six games, suffered a defeat against Pakistan and against Australia was washed out. Yet, how many captains would have put their heads on the chopping block like that? Indian fans were ecstatic at the win, and at the overall performance of the team through the tournament. The next ball was a trademark Zaheer yorker that swung in. Sri Lanka qualified for the knockouts with a second-place finish in Group A. A controversy developed when Kumar Sangakkara called the toss. [11] Sangakkara called heads as the coin was spun the second time. The match was almost in the bag. 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. The Indian players dedicated their victory to Tendulkar; Virat Kohli said, "he has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. 2011 World Cup of Cricket was the Tenth Cricket World Cup. After the pain of 1996, the heartbreak of 2003 and the humiliation of 2007, India regained the World Cup in 2011 after 28 long years. Every small stutter along the way, of every member of the outfit, was crucified in the media — print, electronic, television and social. 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 … Deepak . [7], The match was the tenth World Cup final and was hosted at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. One mistake and Dhoni would have poison dipped questions launched at him like millions of simultaneous arrows. 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. But, he had done his job and then some more. [13] Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan was bowled by Harbhajan Singh when a delivery carried on to the stumps after deflecting off his gloves. 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. If Sri Lanka entertained notions of getting back into the game, they were quickly quelled by Yuvraj. Muralitharan was introduced in the 19th over. Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had then said he preferred having three seamers because it gave him more options. The Sri Lankan maestro hit it over mid-off for a boundary to bring up his hundred. Now, on 97, Gambhir committed hara-kiri. Both Gambhir and Dhoni emphasised on preserving the wickets, and later accelerating with a greater flow of boundaries. Sri Lanka had clinically demolished England in the quarter final, defeating them by 10 wickets. At the other end, Dilshan was superbly cut away for a boundary by Kohli. And Dhoni joined Clive Lloyd and Ricky Ponting as captains to win the Man of the Final award. The batsmen were set. And when Jayawardene got strike, he cut between the point and short third-man for four. It was reviewed (without consultation, as in the semi-final), but the decision stuck. Malinga got Sehwag second ball, wrapped on the pads, rooted to the crease. In two previous World Cups, India had scored just one victory — against unpretentious and unheralded East Africa. This was a generation with a sense of entitlement beyond the widest belief. 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. It is perhaps the cost of fame, success or the immense popularity of the game in the country. It was the strike of a man in the form of his life. Dhoni came in after Kohli to bat at number five, usually the position of Yuvraj Singh. 41 ODI hundreds, the owner of several records etc etc. Although wickets kept falling at one end, Jayawardene scored 103 runs in 88 balls; he was involved in a partnership of 66 runs with Thisara Perera. india vs sri lanka world cup final 2011 full match highlights dhoni 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. Gambhir got out for 97 runs in the 42nd over. 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. The plan of his coming ahead and countering Murali had paid off handsomely. The Indians played Muralitharan with respect, the rest as par the merit of the ball. 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. It’s time we carried him.”. In 2015 World Cup, which was won by Australia for a record fifth time, Dhoni couldn't do much with the bat. Upul Tharanga was taken in the slips by Virender Sehwag, Sri Lanka managed just 31 from the first 10. 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’. Dhoni scored 91 runs in the 2011 World Cup final but how has he fared in other must-win games for India? In June 1983, when Mohinder Amarnath trapped Michael Holding leg before wicket, the whole of India erupted in unrehearsed reactions. The ball swerved away, and the attempted steer took the edge through to Sangakkara. Dhoni, the then skipper, scored an unbeaten 91 to take his team across the finishing line. With the benefit of hindsight, a loss and a tie in the initial games had been piled up as the sins from which he could get absolution only through a win in the final. Fall of wickets: 1–17 (Tharanga, 6.1 ov), 2–60 (Dilshan, 16.5 ov), 3–122 (Sangakkara, 27.5 ov), 4–179 (Samaraweera, 38.1 ov), 5–182 (Kapugedera, 39.5 ov), 6–248 (Kulasekara, 47.6 ov), Fall of wickets: 1–0 (Sehwag, 0.2 ov), 2–31 (Tendulkar, 6.1 ov), 3–114 (Kohli, 21.4 ov), 4–223 (Gambhir, 41.2 ov). The Indians were not about to be intimidated by an early wicket. 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. 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. India largely retained the same team it had in the semi-final against Pakistan, with just one change. Off-spinner Suraj Randiv and batsman Chamara Kapugedera were flown in from Sri Lanka to strengthen the side. 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. 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. The team scored slowly until the 17th over when they lost both their openers. And off the next ball, there was a misunderstanding resulting in a near run-out. The author of three novels, he can be followed on Twitter at, 11 Feb, 2021 [19], The final match was broadcast live in India on ESPN Star Sports' website and state-run free-to-air broadcasters Doordarshan and DD1. Being level on points with Australia, they were placed second in the group due to their better net run rate. The victory prompted several firework displays and celebrations throughout India. Yuvraj Singh embraces Mahendra Singh Dhoni after he scores the winning runs in the 2011 World Cup final. 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. The competition took place between 19 February and 2 April 2011. More importantly the Indians were 31 for 2. Dhoni was declared the "man of the match" for scoring 91 runs, while his compatriot Yuvraj Singh was awarded the "man of the tournament". When he came to bat, India needed more than six runs per over with three top-order batsmen already dismissed. 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Every boundary hit was a statement in class. Abhishek Mukherjee 28 May, 2019 15:06 IST The 2019 World Cup will be the 12th edition of the big-ticket event. He had announced that he would retire from One Day International cricket after the World Cup, so this was his last match. Sachin Tendulkar was in imperious form. India were drawn in Group B where they finished second behind South Africa. India's Yuvraj Singh was declared the man of the tournament. He almost paid the price. The then Indian captain MS Dhoni said that he had added motivation to play well to justify some unexpected decisions he had made for this match, like playing Sreesanth instead of Ashwin, and promoting himself up the order above Yuvraj. The fight was on. Under Dhoni's captaincy, India won the 2011 World Cup. Gautam Gambhir followed the Indian run of 275, but his first World Cup century was three runs short. Gautam Gambhir top-scored with 97 while MS Dhoni made 91 not out in the run chase. There were 14 participating teams, which included four associate members of the ICC—Kenya, Canada, Ireland and Netherlands. Less than eighty were required. Complete Scorecard of Sri Lanka vs India Final 2010/11, ICC Cricket World Cup only on Nay, they demanded it as their birthright. The smile that had been stopped five times in the past and could be flashed now without any inhibition. [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. The pair took Sri Lanka's total to 274 runs at the close of the innings. India had won all but two matches to that point, losing to South Africa and tying with England in the group stage. Spinner Rangana Herath was also dropped. Off the first ball of Perera’s next over, Dhoni cut over point. The matches showcased the effective unconventional bowling of pace spearhead Lasith Malinga, restrictive fielding, and the batting prowess of the Sri Lankan top order. 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. The needless stroke cost him a memorable hundred in the World Cup final. It went to long-off, eminently catchable, but Kulasekara responded late. In the top 10 tournament scorers, there were 3 from Sri Lanka (Upul Tharanga (395) in addition to the previous two), and 4 from India (Gautam Gambhir (393), Virender Sehwag (380), and Yuvraj Singh (362) in addition to Sachin). Both teams had progressed through three stages to reach the final. It stung Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was appearing in their third World Cup final; breakthrough winners against Australia in 1996 they finished as runners up (also to Australia) in the previous World Cup in 2007. Each list contains at least the top five record Team statistics Highest team totals. When the bowling Powerplay was taken immediately after ten overs, Gambhir skipped down the track to Perera, converted a good length ball to a half volley and drilled it for four. After the final, Dhoni revealed that a lot of the players had not been eating properly due to the anxiety that dogged them continuously. There had been no spectacular hitting, but steady professional approach. 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. Yuvraj picked 15 wickets including a 5-wicket haul and smashed 362 runs at 90.50 with 1 hundred. And then Malinga broke millions of hearts. Zaheer, with 25 from 8 overs so far, was smashed into the stands over mid-wicket. On Saturday in an interview with an online portal, Gambhir stated that he missed scoring a hundred in the World Cup final in 2011 due to the advice of his captain MS Dhoni. 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) With Jayawardene stroking boundaries with the touch of elegance, Nuwan Kulasekara launched into the bowling with gay abandon. There was not even a smile from the captain. Unlike India’s fairytale win on June 25, 1983, things were very different this time around in 2011. The good balls were tapped for singles; the bad balls were dispatched for fours. In the evening he walked out at the fall of the third wicket. Jeff Crowe was the match referee and Steve Davis the reserve umpire. The Indian speedster finished with 60 from his 10 overs, 35 from his final 2. Yuvraj knelt on the pitch and emitted the scream of euphoria. The on-field umpires were Simon Taufel of Australia and Aleem Dar of Pakistan, with Ian Gould being the third (TV) umpire. The fourth slot was taken by different bowlers in different matches, including Sreesanth, Nehra, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, or off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. [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. Sehwag was trapped LBW for a duck on the second ball of the innings. Jayawardene, meanwhile, continued with his quality batting, ultimately scoring 103 not out from 88 balls in a high-class batting display. The toss came up as heads, but the match referee Jeff Crowe did not hear the call over the crowd. With the final adding several dimensions of pressure to the chase, this was going to take some catching. Following Gambhir's dismissal, 52 runs were required off 52 balls. 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