Cricket is often said to be an equivalent of a religion in India. The sport receives a huge fan following and the reactions can sometimes be extreme. While there are several cases of stones being pelted and effigies being burnt after the national team's poor outing, the celebrations are also extreme. Thus, it wasn't a surprise that when MS Dhoni-led Team India defeated Sri Lanka in the finals of the 2011 World Cup, almost the entire country, came to the streets to celebrate.
The celebrations were not only restricted to metro cities like Mumbai- the venue for the final game or New Delhi- but was spread out all across the country. Ranchi, the home town of MS Dhoni who had delivered at the big stage- the finals of the World Cup- the boy who famously hit that six which threw the nation into a long lasting ecstasy-the city also celebrating the success of one of its own. A rare footage of the people celebrating in Dhoni's hometown is now going doing the rounds on the Internet on the 10-year anniversary of the famous win. Reportedly over a lakh people took to the streets in Ranchi after India had become the World Champions.
Watch the video here:
Gambhir, Dhoni's fightback won it for India
Chasing 275 for victory, India lost the wickets of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early but Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni played superb knocks to win it for India. While Gambhir top-scored with 97, Dhoni finished the job with an unbeaten 91. In terms of picture-perfect finishes, nothing comes closer to his six that sealed the game for the Men in Blue.