On 2 April 2021, 10 years after India lifted the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, it became the first team to experience World Cup glory at home. India broke Australia’s streak of three consecutive World Cup wins – 1999, 2003 and 2007 – on the back of some spectacular performances throughout the tournament.
From beating Bangladesh in the opener, tying the nerve-wracker of a contest against England to the final round of Sri Lanka on the night of April 2, 2011, when MS Dhoni fielded Kulasekara at the Wankhede Stadium , Then he backed by the asymmetrical lines of Ravi Shastri on the air – sending the whole country into ecstasy. 28 years later, when Kapil Dev’s Daredevils performed unimaginable in 1983, history was once again created. And as the country celebrates a decade of India’s historic victories, we see five players without whom this would not have been possible.
An ardent hero of India’s World Cup victory, Yuvraj Singh emerged as the biggest match winner for India during the 2011 World Cup campaign. In the making of the World Cup, Yuvraj made a lean run in South Africa, scoring 91 runs in five matches at an average of 18.20. But that could not stop the explosive left-handed batsman from producing the performance of a lifetime. After not getting a chance to bat against Bangladesh with India, Yuvraj by 87 runs scored a 77-ball 77 against England in their first match of the tournament, which ended in a tie. He followed it up with consecutive half-centuries against Ireland and the Netherlands as India registered a comfortable win.The next match against the West Indies was his most impressive innings. With India at 2/51, Yuvraj went out and remained creamy in his first World Cup hundred, allowing India to post 268. It was before this match that Yuvraj was having a cough and did not know that he was ill. And yet, he moved forward. Yuvraj played another brilliant innings with his century. India faced Australia in the quarter-finals and reached 5/187 chasing a target of 261 runs, with Yuvraj and Suresh Raina scoring an unbeaten 74-run stand of 74 and 65 not out with the help of eight fours in 65 balls. Scored. The vision of Yuvraj sparking Brett Lee for the winning cover drive still makes for a strong image. Yuvraj was the joint highest bowler in the tournament with 15 wickets.
After 23 years and five World Cups, the great Sachin Tendulkar has finally realized his dream of winning the World Cup for India. In 1996 and 2003, when Tendulkar scored 523 and 673 respectively, his team lost in the semi-finals and finals of two ICC World Cups. But this time, the narrative changed, and Tendulkar was at the forefront. Not only was Tendulkar the second highest scorer of the tournament behind Tillakaratne Dilshan, he was right there among his teammates with 482 runs.This was the time when there was noise around his 100th century. After a brilliant performance against Bangladesh before being run out, Tendulkar scored his fifth World Cup century against England. Against South Africa, where India tasted their only defeat of the tournament, Tendulkar riddled with another ton – and perhaps one of his most entertaining. With significant Q / F coming against Australia, Tendulkar was determined not to get out early like all of them like he did years ago at Wanderers, and formed an early opening partnership with Virender Sehwag, which included 53 Scored. He was the most polished by any stretch of T Kalpana, but he kept the Indian innings together even when the wickets were falling. In the big final, Tendulkar was dismissed cheaply, but it did not matter that the cricket icon of India would be rewarded at the time, which he had been dreaming of since he was not there 10 years later.
Eight years after bowling in that dreadful over, Zaheer Khan redeemed himself as a result of Australia’s 125-run stormy innings in the 2003 World Cup final. The then leader of India’s fast attack, Zaheer emerged as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker along with Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi. Zaheer, now a veteran, often provided early success to India, taking three wickets in the tournament four times, and his three-wicket haul against England opened the game when Andrew Strauss’s side were cruising. Chasing a stage 339.In his first spell, the wicketkeeper, Zaheer, bowled the 43rd over, turning the game on his head when he outplayed a back-to-back set of back-to-back deliveries by pairing back-to-back deliveries of Ian Bell and Strauss. did. In his next over he slowed down Paul Collingwood to reduce England from 2/281 to 5/285. In the crunch final, Zaheer bowled three maids before his figures faltered in the last two overs. However, the left-arm fast bowler led India to victory in the World Cup.
Gautam Gambhir may be remembered for his match-winner 97 in the final, but many forget that after Tendulkar, he was the second leading run-scorer for India in the tournament with 393 runs in nine matches. Gambhir handled the innings in the early occasions on which India lost wickets. Three of his four half-centuries came against England (51), South Africa (69) and Australia (50) before the left-hander saved his best for the last.Four years ago, when India faced Pakistan in the final of the T20 World Cup for the first time, Gambhir took one end, scored 75 runs and allowed India to post the total. Here, Sehwag and Tendulkar went quickly and the score was reduced to 31/2, with Gambhir sharing an 83-run partnership with Virat Kohli, who was involved in the game-defining alliance with captain Dhoni. Together, they smashed 109 runs in 20 overs before bowling self-sufficient Gambhir for 97 runs. Dhoni completed the match in perfect style, but without Gambhir’s talent, the result could have been different.
Like he always likes, the last to take credit. MS Dhoni made his name in the history books when India as Kapil Dev was included as the second captain to lead India in the World Cup. Four years after his effigies and posters were publicly burnt after India’s first-round elimination at the 2007 World Cup, Dhoni gave Indian cricket a moment that could match the 1983 impact.Struggling for the entire tournament, Dhoni pulled out a masterstroke, ahead of the in-form Yuvraj in the final. This happens when they have scores of 31, 34, 19, 12, 22, 7 and 25. Whether in form or not, Dhoni proved why he was destiny’s favorite child, his way of cutting, pulling, scoring an unbeaten 91. It was only after five hours of Dhoni’s six deliveries from Tendulkar’s dismissal that he became the most brilliant image of his career – fulfilling the dream of not only an entire country but also his teammates. India had come to a standstill, and the warriors, who had served Indian cricket for years, could not contain their emotions. What a moment, what a captain, what a victory.