The Final, 2011

“Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd! India lifts the world cup after 28 years.” These words came out of Ravi Shastri’s mouth when the iconic last six flung over the long on from Dhoni’s bat and created the history.

What a magical end it was for the crowd to watch that majestic six!! Dhoni held his pose and watch the ball disappearing into the crowd. Yuvraj started celebrating before the ball had even crossed the boundary line. At that moment the cricket-crazy country -India- filled with nostalgia and tears, rushed into the ground. The players rushed and hugged each other and celebrated with the whole Wankhede Stadium. No, not just the stadium. Bu-t with the whole country.

There was situation in the match when India had to struggle at a score of 114 with 3 losses, Virat had just got out and India had already lost Sachin and Shewag. It was the point where the game changed, as MS DHONI came out to bat instead of –in form - batsmen Yuvraj Singh and took the responsibility into his own hands.

Chasing 275 Indians held their breath on Gautam Gambhir’s 97 and MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 91 to overhaul the target with 10 balls to spare, India stole the biggest cricket tournament from the hands of Sri-Lanka.

Sachin Tendulkar, had given so much to Indian cricket, but his biggest dream was to lift the ODI World Cup once. In 2011, he was playing his last world cup, it was his last chance to win. During an interview Dhoni once said “We want this world cup for Sachin.”

After MS hit that six, our current batting sensation and Sachin’s biggest follower, Virat Kohli, lifted him up on his shoulders and whole team marched on the ground with the trophy and celebrated with the whole country.

Sachin, in one his tweet said that he still gets Goosebumps whenever he thinks about that night and he feels that it just happened yesterday.

It’s been almost 9 years but every Indian still remember and no one is ever gonna forget that iconic six over the long on, to lift the “2011 CRICKET WORLD CUP.”


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