Sachin Tendulkar, 2011 World Cup, India
Sachin Tendulkar. Image Credits: Twitter

Last Update on: May 17th, 2021 at 12:40 pm

Legendary batsman and former India opener Sachin Tendulkar takes a trip down memory lane into the “best cricketing day” of his 24-year long international career – the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka that India won by 6 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Sachin Tendulkar talks about how a dream in him lit up when he was just 10 years old as Kapil Dev, the former all-rounder captain, lifted the 1983 World Cup in England. It began a chase of a dream for Sachin Tendulkar that culminated after 28 years of wait for the country in 2011.

He himself had a big part to play in the historic tournament. The opener was India’s highest run-scorer – and second-highest overall after Tillakaratne Dilshan – scoring 482 runs at an average of 53.56.

India, 2011 World Cup
India. Image Credits: Twitter

“When I saw Kapil Dev lifting the World Cup in 1983, it was an unbelievable experience. I enjoyed it with my friends and I wanted to chase my dream. I decided what may come, I have to focus and chase my dream of lifting the World Cup. In Mumbai at Wankhede, it was just unbelievable, it was the best cricketing day of [my] life. How many times you have the country celebrate, many few things are there which the entire country celebrates,” Sachin Tendulkar said in an interaction conducted by Unacademy.

Told Kohli, Yusuf to ensure that I do not fall down in the victory lap: Sachin Tendulkar

The 48-year-old recalls one incident after India won the game: the victory lap. Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan Sachin Tendulkar on their shoulders for the victory lap in front of the Wankhede crowd.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo: ICC)

However, the batting maestro was worried if they loosen their grip on him, he might fall. So he told both of them to be careful that they didn’t drop him. The players also picked up coach Gary Kirsten for a victory lap after Tendulkar.

“The victory lap had one incident, when Virat and Yusuf Pathan lifted me, I told them to ensure that I do not fall down. It was not just the Indian team that won the World Cup, it was the entire nation, it is all of us who did it,” the legend remembers.

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