Waking as much as see Dhoni’s shaved head greatest shock of 2011 WC
2011 WC – Waking as much as see Dhoni’s shaved head greatest shock of 2011 WC journey for us: Manager Ranjib Biswal – It solely looks like yesterday when MS Dhoni hit Nuwan Kulasekara for a monstrous six on the Wankhede Stadium to assist India elevate the 2011 World Cup trophy. But it has been 10 lengthy years and even now, it provides these current on the stadium on the night time of the ultimate goosebumps to suppose how 45,000-odd followers have been singing Vande Mataram as India inched nearer to Sri Lanka’s goal of 275.
While everybody talks about the way it was the last word present for legend Sachin Tendulkar and the way all of India had partied the night time away, for then workforce supervisor Ranjib Biswal, it was the following morning that might stay etched in his thoughts eternally. Speaking to ANI, Biswal says whereas the boys partied until round 4:30 am, what got here as the most important shock was when skipper Dhoni walked in subsequent morning with a shaved head. The former workforce supervisor says it shall stay the most important shock of the 2011 World Cup journey.
“We literally had no idea what was awaiting us the morning after the final. We had celebrated till late in the dressing room after the win and then came back to the team hotel and continued celebrating till around 4:30 in the morning. After that, we retired to our rooms. And what do we see when we wake up? Dhoni has shaved off his head after returning to his room. It was indeed a moment that will stay with us forever. We had no clue,” he revealed.
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Asked if Dhoni had retired to his room sooner than the remainder, Biswal stated: “Not at all. He was there with all of us and left only when the celebrations ended. And then he goes to his room and shaves off his head. That is Dhoni for you. He keeps his emotions close to his heart and doesn’t express much.”
While it was a superb efficiency within the ultimate to chase down 275 in opposition to Sri Lanka, the most important match needed to be the high-octane semi-final conflict in opposition to Pakistan in Mohali. And Biswal agrees that it was certainly a pressure-cooker state of affairs, particularly with followers and dignitaries from throughout the border within the stadium to observe the sport.
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2011 WC – “An India-Pakistan clash, over that a World Cup encounter and even above that, it was the semi-final of the World Cup. Let us not even get started on the fact that dignitaries and fans from across the border were present in the stadium to watch the game. But as it is with MS and also then-coach Gary Kirsten, they didn’t let the pressure show in their behaviour. I think that helped calm the nerves of the others around. As for me, it was about making sure that the cricketers were focused solely on the game and everything else was taken care of,” he smiled.
Talking of his function, have been there calls made for match tickets as additionally interviews with the gamers? Biswal says there wasn’t any such episode which went out of hand. “Well, you do realise India was enjoying at dwelling and there have been requests for passes. But there wasn’t any such demand which was uncontrollable. As for the media, I need to inform you that they have been as a lot understanding of the state of affairs as you may anticipate them to.
2011 WC – “Yes, there were requests for interviews, but the media personnel also understood that playing and winning matches was the primary focus. We did have media activities and sessions and it was all manageable. To be honest, it still gives me goosebumps to think of the whole stadium singing Vande Mataram as Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh took India home at the Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011,” he signed off.