Images of MS Dhoni celebrating the 11th anniversary of Team India's 2011 ICC World Cup victory have been circulating online. Portrayed in the pictures is MS Dhoni sharing the moments with his Chennai Super Kings teammates. Dhoni was team India's skipper when they defeated Sri Lanka in a D/N run chase at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai 11 years ago, on April 2, 2011.
MS Dhoni celebrates 2011 World Cup triumph's 11th anniversary
How India reach 2011 World Cup finals
The Dhoni-led team India squad lost no more than one game in the whole tournament and while South Africa managed to defeat them, their battle against England came out to be a high-scoring tie. Team India then defeated Australia in the quarter-final in Ahmedabad. At that time, team Australia was the reigning champion. India managed to prevent them from reaching the finals for the first time since 1992.
India faced nemesis team Pakistan in the semi-finals at Mohali, where legend Sachin Tendulkar won the Player of the Match for an 85-run knock. Long story short, team India managed to defeat them and made it to their first finals since the 2003 world Cup, thanks to the Indian bowlers defending well.
Finally, in the finals, team Sri-Lanka batted first following a double toss. Sri Lanka was leading throughout the match, leaving team India with a 274-run target to chase. Anchoring the innings was Mahela Jayawardene who scored a century.
Gautam Gambhir then managed to score 97 and the then-22-year-old Virat Kohli contributed 30 odd runs. Kohli and Gambhir were left to shoulder the burden of team India after Lasith Malinga caused Virender Sehwag to be dismissed following a duck. Also removed from the field was legend Sachin Tendulkar.
The match ended with Dhoni making a 91 after promoting himself over Player of the Tournament Yuvraj Singh. With Gambhir, he added more than 100 runs. They were three runs away from winning the match before Dhoni hit Nuwan Kulasekara for a six. Team India was then declared the winner of the World Cup.
Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Tendulkar celebrate 2011 WC victory
Earlier yesterday, Yuvraj Singh celebrated the 11th anniversary of the historic moment on Instagram, saying he was proud to be a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning team. He also said the victory was not just a regular win but also a dream of billions of players and fans coming true.
"This wasn’t just a world cup victory - this was the dream of a billion Indians being fulfilled Proud to be a part of this team that wanted to win the cup for the entire country and for a very special person @sachintendulkar," Yuvraj said on Twitter in celebration of the victory. "Nothing can match the pride of wearing the tricolour and bringing glory to the nation."
Also celebrating was Harbhajan Singh, who said on Twitter:
"2nd of April - a day when billions jumped in joy! The day when India 🇮🇳 lifted the 🏆 A night that I have lived over and over again!"
Meanwhile, while sharing a picture of himself in front of framed photos of team India celebrating the 2011 victory and the 1983 triumph, Tendulkar wrote:
"How the dream started and how it was accomplished!"