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Dhoni gave enough opportunity to 25-30 players: Pragyan Ojha on reason behind India winning the 50-over World Cup in 2011

Dhoni was scored an unbeaten 91 in the summit-clash against Sri Lanka was rewarded Man of the Match for his match-winning knock.

Aakash Srivastava Author

Published on - 2 August 2022 7:38 pm

India’s 2011 World Cup win is second most historic win in the history of Indian cricket. MS Dhoni-led side defeated Sri Lanka in the summit-clash at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and lifted the prestigious title after 28 years. The Indian skipper led from the front as he scored unbeaten 91 in front of jam-packed crowd and was rewarded Man of the Match for his match-winning knock.

Over the years, MS Dhoni emerged as one the greatest Indian captain and led India to win every ICC tournament. Although, Dhoni has retired from international cricket but he continues to lead the Chennai franchise in Indian Premier League and is second behind Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indian’s skipper) in terms of captains with most IPL titles.

Notably, Chennai Super Kings have won four IPL titles (2021, 2018, 2011, and 2010), while Mumbai Indians have been five time winners (2013, 2015,2017, 2019 and 2020). In the latest development, a former Indian off-spinner has stated that reason behind India winning the 2011 World Cup was because of Dhoni’s seriousness and pre-planning for the marque tournament. While speaking on FanCode, Pragyan Ojha stated that Dhoni started creating a group of 25-30 players to make them ready for the big occasions at any point of time.

“I strongly feel the 2011 World Cup was a success for us because MS Dhoni was very serious about all the guys who were going to be in the mix, the 25-30 players played at least 40 games before the World Cup started. You may have scored a lot of runs but if you don’t have the experience of dealing with various situations, like playing in knockout and semi-final stage, it will be tough for players to stand tall,” said Pragyan Ojha.

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