‘People do talk about that one six for sure’ – Gautam Gambhir feels that India’s 2011 World Cup triumph was a team effort
Gautam Gambhir stated that there were 13 to 14 heroes for the Indian side in the 2011 World Cup.
Updated - Apr 2, 2021 12:40 pm
April 2nd, 2011 is a date that will be etched in golden letters in Indian cricket history. It was on this date that the MS Dhoni-led Indian side won the fifty-over World Cup for the first time in 28 years, and an entire nation went into celebration mode.
Even though Sri Lanka posted a competitive total of 274/6 on the board in the final, Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni ensured that India crossed the line in the summit clash. And, if there is one image from the World Cup final that has been talked about the most, it is the image of Dhoni hitting the winning six to seal the World Cup for India.
And now, the outspoken Gautam Gambhir has opened up on the victory on the 10th anniversary of India’s World Cup triumph. Gambhir stated that there were 13 to 14 heroes for the Indian side in the World Cup.
Gambhir also added that even though Yuvraj Singh won the Man of the Tournament award, he was still the unsung hero of India’s World Cup triumph. The former Indian cricketer also stated that the one thing that the media keeps harping about is the final six that MS Dhoni hit.
“There were 13 or probably 14 unsung heroes in that win! Munaf, I, Harbhajan Singh, Virat Kohli, who got a hundred in the first game, Suresh Raina, who played a crucial knock against Pakistan – all these players’ contributions were unbelievable. For that matter, when I look back today after ten years, I feel Yuvraj was an unsung hero as well, despite being the ‘Man of the Tournament.’ You won’t talk about him, but people do talk about that one six (MS Dhoni’s winning runs) for sure,” stated Gambhir in a chat with the Times of India.
“Yuvraj Singh is the biggest unsung hero of both the World Cup wins for India,” says Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir further added that Yuvraj Singh was the biggest unsung hero of both the 2007 T20 World Cup win as well as the 2011 World Cup triumph. Adding that he does not like to talk about individuals, Gambhir stated that Yuvraj was the biggest contributor of both the World Cup wins.
“People say that I’m the unsung hero of that victory, but for me, he’s (Yuvraj Singh) the biggest unsung hero of both the World Cup wins for India. Without his contribution, India wouldn’t have won the 2011 World Cup. For me, he was the biggest player in both the World Cups. I don’t like talking about individuals because in a team sport, everyone contributes(sic) – who won both the World Cups, it must be Yuvraj and no one else,” revealed Gambhir.
Gambhir concluded by stating that even though he scored 75 in the 2007 T20 World Cup final and was also the top scorer for the Indian side in the 2011 World Cup final, nobody in the Indian side achieved what Yuvraj managed to achieve.
“Yes, I got a 75 in the 2007 World T20 final and was the highest run-getter (for India) in the 2011 final. However, what he (Yuvraj Singh) did, I don’t think anyone else could have,” concluded the 39-year-old Gambhir.