India won the World Cup for the second time by defeating Sri Lanka in the final match of the 2011 ODI World Cup. After 12 years, former Indian cricket team batsman Gautam Gambhir made a shocking comment about the final match, revealing that MS Dhoni encouraged him to score a century.
Gautam Gambhir was instrumental in helping India win the World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium. The left-handed batter scored 97 runs, falling three runs short of becoming the first Indian player overall and the eighth to score 100 runs in an ODI World Cup final, and was dismissed by Thisara Perera.
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Chasing the target of 275 runs, India lost the two early wickets of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar off Lasith Malinga’s bowling. Gambhir steered the run chase with Virat Kohli and forged a crucial partnership of 83 runs for the third wicket.
Tilakaratne Dilshan took a brilliant caught and bowled to dismiss Kohli. The southpaw added a 109-run partnership for the fourth wicket with MS Dhoni, and the duo took the game away from the opposition.
Dhoni Always Wanted Me To Get A Hundred – Gautam Gambhir
Speaking to Star Sports during the 1st ODI match between India and Sri Lanka in Guwahati, Gautam Gambhir spoke about the conversation he had with Dhoni when he was on the verge of a century and said that Dhoni encouraged him to reach the triple-digit figure.
“MS Dhoni was very supportive because he wanted me to get a 100. He always wanted me to get a hundred. He told me between overs as well that ‘get your hundred, take your time and don’t rush into it. I can accelerate if there is any need to,'” Gautam Gambhir said.