2 April 2011 was the date when every heart in this cricket-crazy was beating faster with every passing second as India was slowly but steadily inching towards achieving the holy grail of the game- the World Cup. Chasing 275, the hosts made a disastrous start as both of their in-form openers were back in the pavilion with only 31 on the board. But Gautam Gambhir played probably the most valuable knock of his innings before MS Dhoni took responsibility of the chase. The ace finisher kept the scoreboard ticking and brought the equation down to 4 runs from 11 balls. The stage was set for the India skipper and he did not disappoint as he launched Nuwan Kulasekara for a maximum at Wankhede Stadium to lift the World Cup. This was India’s second World Cup and had arrived in the country after a long wait of 28 years.
The spectacular final win, first by a team in history on home soil, sent the entire nation into frenzy as people took to the streets to celebrate India’s victory. Today is the sixth anniversary of that monumental win but fans across the country are celebrating the day with as much excitement as they did six years ago. Well, the cricketers are not very far behind too. Current India skipper Virat Kohli, who was playing his first World Cup in 2011, also took to social media to remember the historic day.
Posting a picture of himself and MS Dhoni draped in the Indian tri-colour, Kohli wrote on his Instagram account:
“What a day in our lives. One I can never forget. 02/04/2011 is engraved in my and every Indian’s heart forever. Jai hind”