Yuvraj Singh, the India all-rounder who was named Player of the Tournament, revealed why Dhoni moved up the batting lineup.
After 28 years, India has been declared world champions, and it remains one of the greatest moments in Indian cricket history.
Under Kapil Dev’s guidance, India won the World Cup for the first time in 1983, and it wasn’t until 2011 that they were able to take home the treasured cup. Every admirer who was riveted to the TV set on April 2, 2011, still remembers Dhoni’s six celebrations.
India lost Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar in the sixth over of their 275-run chase, and their scorecard read 31/2. Gautam Gambhir’s (97) brave innings, combined with Dhoni’s (91*) outstanding knock, guided them to victory.
‘If Gautam gets out, I will bat next’: Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh, the India all-rounder who was awarded Player of the Tournament, revealed why Dhoni moved up the batting lineup.
“I believe Mahi’s decision to bat first in the 2011 World Cup final was more of a collective decision.” A talk took place in the dressing room while Virat and Gautam were amid a good partnership, “Yuvraj stated on Sports18’s Home of Heroes.
“Because two off-spinners were delivering at the moment, Viru, Sachin, Gary, and Mahi may have discussed and plotted a left-right pairing in the field. It was understood that if Virat loses his wicket, Mahi will bat in the middle, and if Gautam loses his wicket, I will bat next,” he continued.
India only lost one match in the quadrennial showpiece against South Africa under Dhoni’s leadership. In the semi-final, India overcame arch-rival Pakistan to establish a thrilling final against Sri Lanka.