Published: April 2, 2020 10:39:52 am
As India celebrates its ninth anniversary of their second World Cup triumph, former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who was part of the squad and played a critical role in the victory, took a dig at popular cricketing website over a social media post.
Responding to a picture of MS Dhoni hitting the iconic six to win the tournament that was tweeted by ESPNcricinfo, Gambhir said it was high time to end the obsession with the shot as the entire team had come together to ensure the victory.
“Just a reminder @ESPNcricinfo : #worldcup2011 was won by entire India, entire Indian team & all support staff. High time you hit your obsession for a SIX,” Gambhir tweeted.
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 2, 2020
Gambhir, who is now a BJP MP from Delhi, led from the front in the final against Sri Lanka in 2011. After the early dismissals of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar, the opener put together a crucial 109-run partnership with Dhoni. Gambhir was eventually dismissed by Thisara Perera in the 42nd over, while he was batting on 97.
Dhoni, then India’s skipper, played an unbeaten knock of 91 and with Yuvraj Singh put up a 54-run partnership that took India to victory. He wrapped up the contest by slamming Nuwan Kulasekara for an iconic six as India were crowned the world champions after 28 years.
In November 2019, Gambhir had spoken of how he had never considered getting the milestone of a century in the finals and was focussed on taking India to victory.
“I have been asked this question many times, on what happened when I was on 97. I tell every youngster and every person that before getting to 97, I never thought about my own individual score but looked at the target set by Sri Lanka,” Gambhir said in an interview with Lallantop.
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