Yuvraj Singh celebrates after winning the 2011 World Cup. (Reuters)

For the reticent Gautam Gambhir, India’s 2011 World Cup triumph was a journey of 20-odd individuals, not one freeze-frame second that social media makes it look yearly on this very day.

Harbhajan Singh cannot fathom why these 11 gamers by no means performed as a group in a single worldwide recreation after that.

Ashish Nehra will not be a person with too many regrets as he missed the ultimate with a finger fracture however April 2 is a day which higher half Rushma ensures that he “higher not overlook”.

They had been heroes in some of the wonderful chapters in Indian cricket and so they all cherish that although lives and careers have gone in several instructions up to now 9 years.

And what about him? Effectively, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a recluse then and stays a recluse now, unbelievably guarded, even because the hypothesis on his future has come to a halt with individuals, for a change, discussing implications of the COVID-19 extra.

Sachin Tendulkar, since then, has retired however isn’t any much less revered by every person who can nonetheless watch the 46-year-old pad up even when it is for 5 minutes in a charity recreation.

The person who carried him on his shoulders, Virat Kohli, has taken Tendulkar’s place as world cricket’s premier batsman with a recreation that brings hundreds into the stadium.

Zaheer Khan has settled into a pleasant post-retirement life with some franchise teaching in addition to donning the position of an analyst whereas S Sreesanth, after all of the taint, disgrace and horror of match-fixing, could also be simply hoping to don the Kerala jersey one final time.

“Dhoni hits a six, India wins the World Cup,” is among the many most well-known traces spoken on air by Ravi Shastri, whose commentary in any other case was plagued by cliches.

However does that one second defines India’s whole marketing campaign on the World Cup? Not no less than for Gambhir, whose 97 within the remaining was priceless as he weathered the preliminary storm after Sehwag and Tendulkar’s dismissal.

“Excessive time media learns that,” Gambhir instructed PTI after his tweet on how the World Cup was gained by a group not a person, went viral on the day.

Nehra, whose life in Goa lately, is way faraway from social media remembers the humorous facet of April 2.

“Even when I overlook the World Cup remaining, I can not overlook April 2. It is my marriage anniversary right this moment. So that you assume my spouse would let me overlook the date. We accomplished 11 years of marriage right this moment and 9 years of World Cup. So 11 plus 9 is 20 and we’re in 2020,” he begins laughing.

On a critical notice, he remembers his efficiency in opposition to Pakistan.

“I received injured but it surely was a fantastic match. Clearly, you’re feeling unhealthy if you cannot play the ultimate however April 2 is the perfect day of my life, our lives. We did not sleep that night time.

“I feel, in my room, there was Bhajji, Zak, Munna (Munaf) and buddies from ICC like Dheeraj (Delhi Capitals CEO Dheeraj Malhotra who was an ICC official at the moment). I ordered 40 omelettes for breakfast after we had a ball the entire night time,” Nehra remembers.

Harbhajan agrees with Gambhir that it was a group effort.

“Zak’s efficiency in opposition to England. We’d have misplaced that match had he not bowled and received a tie for us. Yuvi’s match and that knock in opposition to Australia. Sachin within the semi-finals.

“Gautam and Mahi within the finals. You go searching and you can find important contributions,” Harbhajan recollected.

That was the one day, he says, he received emotional on the sphere of play.

“I do not assume I’ve ever shed tears on the bottom. The day was such. However then after I assume again, one factor strikes me.

“You may examine the scoreboard however these XI gamers by no means performed one other match collectively in India colors. By no means once more and I do not know why? I haven’t got a solution,” he stated.

“Very quickly, the preparation for 2015 began however that group could not be stored collectively for 2 years. We by no means performed collectively once more,” he recalled.


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