Gautam Gambhir recalls MS Dhoni's advice from 2011 World Cup final

Gautam Gambhir scored 97 off 122 in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka.

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Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP via Getty Images)

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Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir revealed an interesting story about MS Dhoni from the 2011 World Cup final. While Dhoni bagged the Player of the Match award for taking India over the line with an unbeaten 79-ball 91, Gambhir had laid a solid foundation with 97 runs.

Recalling the epic 97-run knock, Gambhir said that Dhoni was "very supportive" of him during their 109-run fourth-wicket stand and wanted the southpaw to get a century on the big occasion. However, Gambhir could not breach three-figure mark and fell agonizingly short by three runs as he was bowled by Thisara Perera.

MS Dhoni was very supportive because he wanted me to get a 100: Gautam Gambhir

"MS Dhoni was very supportive because he wanted me to get a 100. He always wanted me to get a hundred. He told me between overs as well that 'get your hundred, take your time and don't rush into it. I can accelerate if there is any need to'," Gambhir told Star Sports in a recent interaction.

Dhoni and the eventaul Player of the Tournament Yuvraj Singh then took matters into their hands and completed the formalities with an unbeaten 54-run stand for the fifth wicket. Notably, Dhoni finished things off in style with a massive six off Nuwan Kulasekara to seal the deal for India, ending their 28-year wait for a World Cup trophy.

Meanwhile, it was Gambhir who anchored the Indian chase and kept the team in the hunt after he came to the crease at the fall of Virender Sehwag’s wicket. The Delhi cricketer played some risky shots and kept the scoreboard ticking and was also involved in a crucial 83-run stand with Virat Kohli for the third wicket.

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