Two of India’s 2011 World Cup heroes – Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh – were at the Wankhede on Tuesday, the eighth anniversary of the historic triumph over Sri Lanka. This was the same ground where MS Dhoni had lofted Nuwan Kulasekara for a mighty six to end India’s 28-year wait for the World Cup. Both Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh had played an integral roles in the tournament.
Chasing 274 under the lights and under such pressure was going to be herculean task against a side that boasted the likes of Nuwan Kulasekara, Malinga and Muttiah Muralitharan. India started disastrously, losing Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag for just 31 runs. However, Gautam Gambhir soon took charge of the innings. He mixed caution with aggression to revive the chase. In the hot and humid conditions of Mumbai, Gambhir gave it his all to bring cheers on the faces of millions of Indians.
Gambhir added 83 runs with Virat Kohli to steady the ship before stitching a match-turning partnership with MS Dhoni. The two added 109 runs for the fourth wicket which was the highest by an Indian pair in three World Cup final appearances. Gautam Gambhir was looking destined to become the first Indian to score a century in a World Cup final before being castled by Thisara Perera on 97. Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh then took India over the line.
And on the eighth anniversary of that famous win, both Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh congratulated each other before the clash between their respective IPL teams. Both the players highlighted each other’s contribution in that win before hugging each other.
Here is a clip of that beautiful moment:
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Meanwhile, Yuvraj is playing his trade for Mumbai Indians this season while Harbhajan is playing for Chennai Super Kings. Chennai Super Kings will be looking to continue their winning start when the take on the struggling Mumbai.