Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh revealed Gary Kirsten’s message to the team ahead of the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka.
India lifted the prestigious trophy on home soil 28 years after Kapil Dev and his men attained the feat at Lord’s by defeating West Indies in the 1983 World Cup final.
The MS Dhoni-led side beat Sri Lanka by six wickets at the Wankhede after chasing 275 in 48.2 overs. Dhoni remained not out on 91 and Gautam Gambhir laid the foundation for the chase with 97 in 122 balls.
There was no team meeting for 2011 World Cup final: Harbhajan Singh
It was a challenging campaign for the hosts to defeat the heavyweights like Australia and Pakistan in the path to the 2011 World Cup final.
Harbhajan, who finished the tournament with nine scalps at 43.33 and an economy of 4.48, said there was no team meeting conducted ahead of the marquee clash at Wankhede.
“When we played the final after defeating Pakistan, players had no pressure whatsoever. In fact, there was no team meeting. We just got together and Gary (Kirsten) said — ‘Enjoy’. That’s it. The meeting just had ‘enjoy’ in it,” Harbhajan said on Star Sports.
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