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Former India captain Virat Kohli in a recent conversation with Royal Challengers’ Banglore website has revealed that his innings of 35 in the 2011 world cup final are the most valuable 35 runs he has ever made. He recalled the innings on the 11th anniversary of India’s world cup victory on April 2, 2011.

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Virat Kohli, who is playing for the RCB in IPL 2022 at the moment recalled his innings of 35 runs. He mentioned that he was glad to contribute to the team’s win in the world cup final.

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I Too Can Feel The Pressure Sachin Tendulkar Might Have Felt: Virat Kohli

The Indian team were in a spot of bother in the WC final as they had lost both the openers within 35 runs. Lasith Malinga had picked up both Indian openers, Virendra Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. India was chasing a target of 276 runs and with 2 top batters of the side gone, hopes for a WC victory were once again dwindling. Sachin was India’s best batter in the WC as he had scored 482 runs in the tournament. Virat himself started the tournament well as in his very first WC match against Bangladesh he had scored a century batting at number 4.

In the final, he again came into bat at number 4 and was involved in an 83 runs partnership with Gautam Gambhir which took India out of a difficult situation. Kohli was dismissed for 35 due to a brilliant fielding effort. After Kohli’s dismissal MS Dhoni walked out to bat and he scored the innings of the WC to give India the win. He was ably supported by Gautam Gambhir who missed his century by just 3 runs. Yuvraj Singh then contributed 21 runs and was there till the end with MS Dhoni.

“35 in the 2011 World Cup final was the most valuable 35 I’ve scored in my cricketing career. I was happy to bring the team back on track and contribute in whatever way I could. The crowd atmosphere was surreal, it’s very fresh in our memories,” Virat said about his innings in the WC final.

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Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli during 2011 World Cup final (Photo- Getty)

He further added, “The achievements of Sachin Tendulkar are so great, everyone has tried to contribute to Indian cricket as much as he did but it’s way too far – the weight of expectations he had, I can feel that.” 

Kohli can really feel the pressure as he himself has been struggling with form and there has been a lot of around his 71st international century.

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