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India’s 2011 World Cup winning team: Where are they now?

Even after eight long years, the winning moments from the final are etched in our psyche.

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MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh of India. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The 2011 World Cup was one of the best moments in the history of Indian cricket. India had won a 50-over World Cup after 28 years. The MS Dhoni-led side created history as they became the first team to win a World Cup at home. India had a lot of stalwarts in the team but it was a collective effort that led them to the World Cup title.

India didn’t have it easy throughout the tournament. After a crushing win against Bangladesh, they played out a thrilling tie against England. They then won a couple of games before South Africa handed them their first and only loss of the tournament. They wrapped up the group stages by beating Windies. In the knockouts, India beat defending champions Australia in the quarter-final, arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-final and co-hosts Sri Lanka in the final to lift the title.

It’s been almost eight years since that Dhoni-led side won the World Cup. Hence, with another World Cup just a few months away, let’s look back at India’s World Cup winning squad of 2011 and where each member is at the moment in their career (or life).

MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni etched his name in the history books as he became just the second Indian captain to lift the World Cup. After a quiet tournament with the bat, Dhoni walked out and scored a fabulous 91 to help India chase down 275 in the final.

At the moment, Dhoni is still an integral part of the Indian limited-overs sides. He shocked the world when he retired from Test cricket in December 2014. Since then he has continued to play ODIs and T20s. He is no longer the captain as Virat Kohli has taken over the reins in all three formats. However, he is the senior-most member of the side.

The Player of the Match of the 2011 World Cup final might not be the same old self but he’s still finding ways of getting the job done. He might be in the twilight of his career but in about four months time, he will be playing his fourth and most likely his last World Cup.

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