April 2, 2011 is a golden day in Indian cricket as India won the World Cup for a second time, after a gap of 28 long years. In what was a fairy-tale finish, MS Dhoni hit a six off Nuwan Kulasekara to seal a six-wicket victory against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
India were chasing a tough target of 274, but captain MS Dhoni smashed a brilliant 91 not out from 79 balls to lead India to victory. While MS Dhoni was the standout player of the game, Gautam Gambhir also made a critical contribution of 97 runs while Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli played key cameos as India won the World Cup for the first time since Kapil Dev’s team won the trophy in England in 1983.
Here’s how some big names in Indian cricket recalled the historic occasion on Twitter:
6 years ago #OnThisDay, Dhoni finished it off in style and we as a Team lived a dream & won the World Cup, the best memory for this generation
What a night it was at the Wankhede, Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni led india to an unforgettable victory and we won the World Cup at home.
It’s been 6 years since we won the World Cup, the last moments of the game remain fresh in my memory. What a night that was?
Sports writer Boria Majumdar
“2 April 2011 was a night like no other. Fans celebrating the World Cup win danced on top of @sachin_rt s BMW!! All was permitted!”
Statistician Mohandas Menon
Today in 2011, India won their 2nd Cricket World Cup title. Since then, the two sides to win most ODI games are Australia (80) & India (79)
Journalist Ayaz Memon
And here’s the finishing stroke of the 2011 World Cup final. Unforgettable!
Like I always say, chase your dreams because dreams do come true, and this was one of those moments in my life when it happened.