Former India batsman, Gautam Gambhir feels that MS Dhoni’s six which completed India’s chase in the 2011 World Cup final overshadows contributions from others in the squad, even those of Yuvraj Singh, who was the Man of the Tournament.
As the country celebrates a decade of the historic night, where India reclaimed the World Cup after 28 years, defeating Sri Lanka in the final, Gautam Gambhir opines that other players often remain uncelebrated as MS Dhoni’s Man of the Match knock of 91* in the final hogs all the limelight.
“There were 13 or probably 14 unsung heroes in that win! Munaf, I, Harbhajan Singh, Virat Kohli, who got a hundred in the first game, Suresh Raina, who played a crucial knock against Pakistan – all these players’ contributions were unbelievable. For that matter, when I look back today after ten years, I feel Yuvraj was an unsung hero as well, despite being the ‘Man of the Tournament.’ You won’t talk about him, but people do talk about that one six (MS Dhoni’s winning runs) for sure,” Gautam Gambhir told Times of India.
Yuvraj Singh the biggest unsung hero of both the World Cup wins for India: Gautam Gambhir
The 39-year-old cricketer-turned-commentator reckons the biggest match-winner for India’s two World Cup wins – 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup – is none other than Yuvraj Singh. The left-handed all-rounder lit up the T20 World Cup with his sparkling batting – 148 runs at a strike rate of 195 – and contributed significantly – 362 runs and 15 wickets – in the 2011 World Cup at home, and that too while battling with cancer.
“People say that I’m the unsung hero of that victory, but for me, he’s (Yuvraj Singh) the biggest unsung hero of both the World Cup wins for India. Without his contribution, India wouldn’t have won the 2011 World Cup. For me, he was the biggest player in both the World Cups. I don’t like talking about individuals because in a team sport, everyone contributes – who won both the World Cups, it must be Yuvraj and no one else.
“Yes, I got a 75 in the 2007 World T20 final and was the highest run-getter (for India) in the 2011 final. However, what he (Yuvraj Singh) did, I don’t think anyone else could have,” added the former Kolkata Knight Riders captain.