THROWBACK to WC 2011: When Dhoni hit the six of his career
Mumbai: "And Dhoni finishes off in style, a magnificent strike into the crowd. India lifts the World Cup after 28 years,” the line uttered by an excited Ravi Shastri from the commentary box still reverberates in the minds of Indian cricket lovers when India romped home with the World Cup-2011.
Today, April 2, is the day when Indians got the moment to celebrate the biggest success of their nation in the game of Cricket after 1983.
Despite Sri Lanka's tremendous run in WC 2011, India was still the undoubted favourites before the start of the final. Sri Lanka, however, proved many wrong with Mahela Jayawardene's century, powering Sri Lanka to post 274/6 after opting to bat first.
India, glittered with some handsome batting line-up, got off to a terrible start losing openers Virender Sehwag (0) and Sachin Tendulkar (18) early.
Seeing wickets falling at the other end, Gautam Gambhir took-up the responsibility of an inning builder, playing one of the most sensible knocks of his career.
The young Virat Kohli, however, tried his best but his 35-run knock did not hit the bull's eyes and departed after sharing crucial 83-run stand with his Delhi -mate Gauti.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the only batsman of the side who had not performed to his potential in any of the previous WC 2011 games. Nobody was expecting anything big from him in this game also and waited for Yuvraj Singh to come up to the crease after Kohli's dismissal.
MSD, however, had some other plans or say the day was meant for world's best finisher. He stepped in ahead of Yuvi and made things look easier, when seen at TV sets.
Mahi and Gambhir stitched 109-run stand for the fourth wicket which became the major benchmark behind India's emphatic win against Sri Lanka.
After Gambhir's 97-run knock, Yuvraj Singh remained till MS Dhoni ended things in India's favour hitting his trademark six to Nuwan Kulsekhara towards long-on region.
The picturesque episode made India’s dream fulfilled and gave all of us the chance to celebrate the seventh anniversary of the indelible night.
Thank you MS Dhoni and Indian Cricket team!!!