Virat Kohli shares moments from 2011 World Cup final

Former team India skipper for all formats Virat Kohli has shared a story from the 2011 World Cup Final against Sri Lanka where Virender Sehwag, who scored none, and Sachin Tendulkar, who managed to score only 18, were bowled out and the former India captain felt pressure upon taking the bat.

Team India had to chase team Sri Lanka's 274 in the floodlight match. While Sehwag was out for a duck, Tendulkar manage to record only 18 before he was finally caught by wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara off Lasith Malinga. The then 22-year-old Kohli was then summoned to the field. with Gautam Gambhir, who managed to score 97, he safeguarded the innings with 35 off 49 deliveries.

India then came out victorious thanks to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's unbeaten 91, which let team India score the required runs for their loss of four wickets.

What was said

In a social media post, Kohli revealed what Indian legend Tendulkar said to him after being ruled out in the seventh over of the Indian innings. Praising the legend while narrating the feeling of having to shoulder team India in the run chase 11 years ago, Kohli said:

"I remember the pressure of walking into bat, 2 down for 20 (2-31)," Kohli started in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of Royal Challengers Bangalore. "I think it was Sachin and Sehwag both got out. achin paaji had a brief chat with me when I walked in. He said, ‘build a partnership’ and we did build a partnership; me and Gautam Gambhir.

"I got 35, probably the most valuable 35 I have scored in my cricketing career. felt very happy that I was a part of putting the team on track and contributed in whatever way I could. Just the thrill of winning the World Cup was unbelievable and the atmosphere of the crowd singing 'Vande Mataram', 'Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander' song. It was so surreal and It is something that is so fresh in our memories even now."

Kohli said he was able to walk through because "Tendulkar has carried the burden of the nation of 21 years; it was time we carried him."

Kohli also praised Tendulkar while talking about the pressure he felt from having to carry his legacy, saying:

"I said what I said. It was true. His legacy had to be taken forward, massive shoes to fill. I think we have tried to contribute to Indian cricket as close to what he can. His achievements are so great and far-fetched, it feels surreal to be in that process. 11 years later, I stand here. I said that I had said then. Now I understand the weight of those expectations."

The match was team India's second 50-over victory in the World Cup. It came after a long wait of 28 years after team India's Kapil Dev-led squad defeat the Sir Clive Lloyd-led team West Indies back in 1983.

Yuvraj Singh celebrates 2011 WC win's 11th anniversary

Not forgetting the historic moment is Yuvraj Singh, who celebrated the victory on Twitter, saying:

“It wasn’t just a world cup victory, it 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 country & for @sachin_rt 🏆 Nothing can match the pride of wearing the tricolour & bringing glory to the nation.”

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