Former India opener Gautam Gambhir was the unsung hero of the Indian staff’s victory within the remaining of the 2011 World Cup in opposition to Sri Lanka, regardless of MS Dhoni getting all of the glory for his innings of 91* and the match-winning six.
Gambhir had given India the steadiness within the chase of 275-run goal set by Sri Lanka, for whom Mahela Jayawardena had scored an excellent 103*. Lasith Malinga harm India early on by eradicating Virender Sehwag for a duck after which dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for 18 runs.
Then Gambhir added 83 runs for the third wicket with Virat Kohli (35) after which added maybe the match-winning 109 runs with MS Dhoni. Gambhir was then dismissed 3 runs in need of his century on 97 by Thisara Perera, leaving MS Dhoni to complete the match.
I Don’t Regret Those 3 Runs, But I Regret Not Finishing The Game: Gautam Gambhir
MS Dhoni then continued the chase with Yuvraj Singh as India wanted 52 runs in as many balls, when Gambhir was clear bowled for 97 (122 balls with 9 fours). Speaking about the identical innings, Gautam Gambhir mentioned that he doesn’t remorse lacking out on a century within the World Cup remaining, he regrets not ending the match.
“I don’t remorse these 3 runs, however I remorse not ending the sport. That was my accountability. You know humorous issues have occurred in cricket, humorous issues will occur in cricket. When you’re in, and that stage and that event, it was the World Cup remaining, it was my accountability to complete off the sport alongside MS Dhoni.
My solely remorse strolling again to the dressing room was not lacking the hundred, my solely remorse was if we don’t find yourself successful this cup, in all probability I must dwell with that remorse for the remainder of my life. That was the scariest factor that got here into my thoughts,” Gautam Gambhir advised Sports Today.
After Gambhir’s dismissal, Dhoni continued on to win the match for India, hitting 91* in 79 balls with 8 fours and a couple of sixes, one of many six successful the ultimate, and making India ODI world champions for the second time after 28 years.