Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has revealed one key incident that turned the tide in India’s favour in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. Notably, India beat Sri Lanka in the final of the 2011 World Cup by six wickets to lift their second-ever ODI World Cup title.
Although India won the World Cup chasing a giant title, Sachin believes that there was a key moment during India’s bowling that set up the perfect tune for the Men in Blue to fight for the title. Virender Sehwag, standing at second slip, dived towards his left, took a brilliant catch in second slip to dismiss Upal Tharanga off Zaheer Khan’s bowling that gave India the first breakthrough.
Sachin Tendulkar has now revealed how the moment charged up the India team early on in the game to give a solid fight to Sri Lanka for the title.
Sachin Tendulkar Reveals A Key Moment In 2011 WC Final
“Zaheer started off really well. Viru took an outstanding catch of Tharanga, I think it was the seventh over. It charged up the proceedings and we did excellently well to restrict the target to 274. Mahela batted beautifully for his 103. The knock gave Sri Lanka a total to fight for, “ Sachin told Times of India.
Later, Mahela Jayawardene scored a brilliant ton, and Sri Lanka managed to set a target of 275 for India to chase at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
India Had A Stellar Run In The 2011 World Cup
Team India was magnificent throughout the 2011 World Cup. They had the pressure more than ever as everybody knew it would be the last world cup for some of the great personalities of the team. India lost only one game in the tournament in a match against South Africa.
The final was nothing short of a nail-biting finish. Sri Lanka posted a giant total of 274 runs on the scoreboard batting first. India lost Sachin and Sehwag early in the final, but a batting masterclass from Gautam Gambhir and Indian captain MS Dhoni sealed the victory for the Men in Blue, making them the first team ever to win the World Cup on home soil.