Gautam Gambhir reveals ‘the worst thing’ Team India went by way of after the 2011 World Cup triumph
Gambhir scored 97 within the remaining earlier than being clear bowled by Thisara Perera.
10 years in the past, on April 2, Team India gained the 50-overs World Cup underneath the management of MS Dhoni. It was the skipper’s unbeaten 91 and Gautam Gambhir’s 97 that helped the Men in Blue beat Sri Lanka within the remaining on the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Dhoni’s six over the long-on area off quick bowler Nuwan Kulasekara sealed the deal for his staff.
India additionally turned the primary staff to win a World Cup on house soil. However, happening the reminiscence lane, Gambhir was stunned by the truth that the identical eleven by no means performed a sport collectively after the triumph again in 2011.
I don’t assume this has occurred in worldwide ODI cricket historical past: Gautam Gambhir
“I know that’s probably the worst thing. Bhajji once told me that. Probably the better person to ask the question is the erstwhile coach (Duncan Fletcher who took over immediately after Gary Kirsten’s departure at the end of the World Cup), the captain (MS Dhoni), and the selectors (K Srikkanth and Co,” Gambhir was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times.
“I don’t think this has happened in international ODI cricket history that a team that won a World Cup never played a single match together again,” he added.
After the win, Dhoni, the triumphant skipper, resorted to the rotation coverage due to which the likes of Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, and Virender performed collectively seldom. Gambhir, earlier, went on to name Dhoni’s coverage “Complete Crap”.
In the World Cup, Gambhir was a key member of the Indian staff. In 9 video games, he managed 393 runs at a mean of 43.66 with 4 half-centuries to point out for his efforts. In the ultimate, he steadied India’s ship after Lasith Malinga picked up Sehwag and Tendulkar in fast succession.
In the sport, the bowlers additionally chipped in as Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh picked up two wickets every. The duo acquired first rate help from Munaf Patel and Harbhajan Singh as properly.
Gambhir’s ODI profession couldn’t final lengthy after India’s victory. Back in January 2013, the southpaw final performed within the format in opposition to England in Dharamsala. In 147 ODIs from 2003 to 2013, the Delhi-born scored 5,238 runs with 11 tons and 34 fifties.