ICC World Cup 2019 has just begun and India is all set to win this World Cup again as they did in 2011. It’s been 8 years since we won the last World Cup trophy. The time has changed now and we can see some changes in our Indian team as well, but where are those players who made us a winner in 2011?
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One of the key players of 2011 squad, Sachin Tendulkar played his last world cup tournament. He did not perform well in the finals but he scored 120 against England in the same tournament and also helped the team India in the quarter-finals with his half-century. Currently, Sachin is guiding Mumbai Indians that recently won the IPL 2019.
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Virendra Sehwag is known for his attacking batting style but in finals, he returned to the pavilion on his 2nd ball only. But no one can forget his deadly inning of 175 against Bangladesh. His contribution to the World Cup 2011 is unforgettable. He took the retirement in 2015 and now we see him in many cricket shows giving his expert advice. He is also famous for his Hindi cricket commentary style.
In the final match of ICC World Cup 2011, Gautam Gambhir missed his century from 3 runs only. With his innings of 97 against Sri Lanka, Gautam Gambhir became the key person behind the massive win of World Cup Final. Recently, Gautam joined the Bhartiya Janata Patry and won an election from East Delhi by 695,109 votes.
In the age of just 22 years, he managed to enter in World Cup squad and scored 35 runs in 49 balls. It was a life-changing moment for him to be in the world cup finals and won that title. Today he is leading the Team India with his captaincy.
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Yuvraj’s life is an inspiration for everyone. He was on the crease when Team India won the final. He was there with Mahindra Singh Dhoni, supporting him with his 21 runs. Yuvraj also took two wickets in the final match against Srilanka.
On 10th, June 2019 Yuvraj took retirement from International cricket and from IPL. We will no longer see him playing again on our favorite platforms.
Raina did not get a chance to perform in the final but in the semi-finals, he managed to score 36 runs which helped Team India. He also took a catch of Chamara Kapugedera in the final match. Unfortunately, he is not a part of the current squad.
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With his consistent performance in the World Cup 2011, he became a hurdle for the opponent teams. He might not take so many wickets in the tournament but he managed to stop the batsman from scoring runs. In the finals, Harbhajan took an important wicket of Dilshan who came to open for the Srilankan Team.
In the recent IPL, Harbhajan joined Chennai’s Team and he was shocked for everyone with his mind-blowing performance by taking 16 wickets.
Munaf’s contribution to the World Cup was not visible, although he did average bowling throughout the tournament which helped the Indian team. But everything went un-noticeable. He last played for Gujrat Lion (IPL Team) which is also no longer a part of Indian Premier League.
Zaheer conquered the World Cup finals with his outstanding performance. He took two important wickets of Srilankan Team and also gave three maiden overs that helped a lot India to get the champion title. Zaheer Khan & Shahid Afridi took 21 Wickets and became the highest wicket-taker of World Cup 2011.
Zaheer took the retirement in 2015 and now he is in the business of Fitness Centers & Resturants.
Sreesanth’s performance in the finals was not impressive. Srilanka scored 58 runs in his 8 overs. Sreesanth was a replacement of injured Ashish Nehra. In 2013, Sreesanth sentenced lifetime ban on playing cricket for spot-fixing in the IPL. Lately, he was seen in a popular reality show, Bigg Boss.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Last but not least, Mahendra Singh Dhoni amazed the whole world with his outstanding captaincy and decisions. He scored 91 runs in just 79 balls in the final match and nobody can forget his victory shot which made India world champion again after 1983.
He left the captaincy in 2017 and still serving to India under the captaincy of young Virat Kohli. Deep down we all know he is still Indian Team’s unofficial captain.
So far the Indian team is doing great in this year’s world cup tournament. Hope they will repeat the magic of 1983 and 2011 again.