The date April 2, 2011, will always be written in golden colours in Indian cricket history.
After all, it was the day when this cricket-obsessed nation’s 28-year wait for the World Cup ended. MS Dhoni-led India had beaten Sri Lanka in the final to lift the holy grail of the game.
Chasing 275 for a historic win, the Indians held their nerves, as they rode on Gautam Gambhir’s 97 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s unbeaten 91 to overhaul the target with ten balls to spare and send the cricket-crazy nation into a frenzy.
As soon as Dhoni hit the winning six, the players, with joys of tears in their eyes, rushed to the ground to hug each other.
The likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh as well as Dhoni, who rarely exhibits his emotions even when under pressure, were moved to tears.
However, there was one man who was busy celebrating and just could not connect himself with his teammates. He was none other than current skipper, Virat Kohli.
What a day in our lives. One I can never forget. 02/04/2011 is engraved in my and every Indian's heart forever. Jai Hind 🇮🇳 🇮🇳 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/4ZX79inPuA
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 2, 2017
In a recent interview with Eros Now, the 29-year old has revealed why he could not cry on that famous night.
The right-handed batsman said since it was his first World Cup, he could not feel the emotional connect.
“Honestly, I was not as emotional as the other guys because it was my first World Cup. I saw the emotions in the guy who had not won it in five attempts, Sachin Tendulkar. Bhajji, Yuvi, Zak, everyone was emotional. MS was emotional because he led his idols to a World Cup win. I didn’t have any of those emotions. I tried to cry but couldn’t. After an hour an hour, there was the only celebration all around,” said Kohli.