MS Dhoni’s 6 to seal World Cup win on April 2, 2011: Indian cricket’s most iconic shot


first_imgMS Dhoni’s 6 to seal World Cup win on April 2, 2011: Indian cricket’s most iconic shotMS Dhoni remained unbeaten on 91 as India successfully chased down 275 against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede stadium to lift the World Cup in 2011 after a gap of 28 years.advertisement Rohan Sen New DelhiApril 2, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 14:33 IST MS Dhoni’s six off Nuwan Kulasekara to win the 2011 World Cup is probably the most iconic shot of his career (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia (277/4) beat Sri Lanka (274/6) by 6 wickets in the 2011 World Cup finalGautam Gambhir top-scored with 97 while MS Dhoni made 91 not out in the run chaseYuvraj Singh was adjudged player of the tournament for scoring 362 runs and taking 15 wicketsMahendra Singh Dhoni has played some unbelievable knocks for India ever since he made his debut in 2005 but none of them will as special as the one he played 8 years ago on this very day – April 2.MS Dhoni became the second Indian captain to lift the World Cup in 2011 as he led from the front with an unbeaten 91 off 79 balls to successfully complete the 275-run chase against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.Dhoni’s knock was one for the ages as he teamed up with Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh to lead India to a famous win and trigger massive celebrations among Indians all around the world.What was even more special about the win was that Dhoni sealed the deal with a six, his second in the match and probably the most important shot in Indian cricket’s history.That bat swing – That look during the final flourishToday in 2011, the 28-year old wait came to an end #ThisDayThatYear (@BCCI) April 2, 2019It is triumph that will be remembered for ages and the image of skipper MS Dhoni smashing Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kulasekara for a six to seal the victory is etched in the heart of every Indian.With that decisive six that has defined Dhoni’s career ever since, he lead India to their first World Cup triumph since 1983 and sent the entire India in absolute frenzy. India won the one-day international World Cup after a gap of 28 years (Reuters Photo)The visuals of people celebrating it on the streets to strangers greeting each other congratulating over India’s victory was a visual to behold.advertisementBowling first, Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh’s heroics, where they scalped two wickets each, helped India restrict Sri Lanka to 274/6 from 50 overs. Mahela Jayawardene, having top scored for his team with an unbeaten 103, later became the first centurion to end up on the losing side in a World Cup final.In reply, India got off to a fumbling start, getting reduced to 31/2 but the massive fourth-wicket stand between Gautam Gambhir (97) and Dhoni (91*) helped India thwart any further challenge as they scripted history. Yuvraj Singh said after the final that the Indian team won the World Cup for Sachin Tendulkar (Reuters Photo)Just five players – MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli – are still active in cricket while the rest of heroes of the 2011 World Cup-winning Indian squad have called have time on their careers.Yuvraj Singh, the player of the tournament in the 2011 World Cup, remembered the triumph and celebrated its 8-year anniversary with former teammates Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan, who are also part of the Mumbai Indians support staff where Yuvi made his debut as a player in the ongoing IPL season.”Bringing back the memories of this day 2nd April 2011 when we won it for this special man ! The greatest @sachintendulkar and my legendary bowler and friend! @zaheer_khan34,” Yuvraj Singh captioned the post along with a selfie with Tendulkar and Zaheer.Yuvraj was 8th highest run-scorer in the tournament with 362 runs in 9 matches at an average of 90.50 including a hundred and four fifties. He was also the fourth highest wicket-taker with 15 wickets at 25.13 including a five-wicket haul.And he did all this while carrying a golf-ball sized cancerous tumor stage-1 in his left lung. After his World Cup heroics, Yuvraj won his battle with cancer after undergoing treatment in Boston.For a cricketer known for his indomitable attitude, Yuvraj showed that battle in his fight with cancer and got cured, and returned to wear the blue jersey again 2012.Due to fitness issues, Yuvraj has found it hard to seal his spot in the national team but played for India as recently as in 2017.Yuvi’s teammate and former India opener Virender Sehwag also celebrated with a post on social media.WHAT A DAY ! World Cup 2011.8 years ago on this day, we lived a dream and the whole nation celebrated.How did you celebrate ? Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 2, 2019″WHAT A DAY ! World Cup 2011. 8 years ago on this day, we lived a dream and the whole nation celebrated. How did you celebrate ?” Sehwag wrote on Twitter.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Yuvraj SinghFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow 2011 World CupFollow India 2011 World Cup winFollow This day that yearlast_img

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