Present Indian captain Virat Kohli recently recalled the memory of the Indian players’ decision to give the legendary Sachin Tendulkar a lap of honour after winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 trophy. Kohli also talked about the reason why they took that decision.
2nd April 2011, many Indian cricket fans can’t forget this special date in their life as MS Dhoni-led India ended their 28-year-long wait to win their second Cricket World Cup trophy on that Saturday evening. On that day, India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) and secured that trophy.
Chasing down the 275 runs target, while the Indian openers Virender Sehwag (0) and Sachin Tendulkar (18) lost their wickets at the early stage, Gautam Gambhir (97), Virat Kohli (35), skipper MS Dhoni (91*) and Yuvraj Singh (21*) patiently guided the Indian team to reach the target in 48.2 overs after losing four wickets.
After winning that match, the Indian players decided to give Sachin Tendulkar a lap of honour in front of the home crowds. The second most run-scorer of the tournament Tendulkar tirelessly served the Indian cricket for more than two decades, and while it was his last opportunity to finish the wait of his first Cricket World Cup trophy victory, all the Indian players were very happy for that achievement.
In a recent BCCI video chat, Kohli told the Indian opener Mayank Agarwal, “My feeling was first of gratitude that we had won the World Cup. I felt absolute joy. But invariably everyone’s feeling was centred around paaji (Sachin Tendulkar) because we knew this was his last chance to win the World Cup. Whatever he had done for the country for so many years, number of games he has contributed to India’s winning cause. He [Tendulkar] has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It is time we carried him on our shoulders.”
This was his moment that all the hard work is fulfilled: Virat Kohli talking about their decision to give Sachin Tendulkar a lap of honour
Virat Kohli said that Tendulkar was the motivation and inspiration for many Indian kids and the lap of honour was a gift from them to him.
Kohli added, “He has given us all motivation and inspiration to so many other kids in India. This was a gift from all of those people to him, because he kept giving, giving, giving for India for so many years before this. This was his moment that all the hard work is fulfilled. We all felt that. I thought what better way to realise his dream at his home ground and get a lap of honour. So, we felt like this is the ideal thing to do for him, and we went ahead and did it.”
Sachin Tendulkar, who made international debut in November 1989, continued the international cricket till November 2014.