How things unfolded on April 2, 2011 at Wankhede Stadium?

With so much action-packed drama, unmatched controversy and continuous tug-of-war between the two sides, we look back at the series of events as Men in Blue won their second ODI World Cup title.
Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 2 April 2021 7:30 pm

World Cup 2011 Rewind

It’s already been 10 years since India completed a historic triumph against Sri Lanka at the iconic Wankhede stadium in 2011 World Cup final. However, the feeling of clinching that trophy was so overwhelming that we sometimes forget the contributions of the players on the field who produced a majestic finale clash. Let us turn back the clock and look at the key moments during the course of one of the best world cup finals in the history of ODI cricket.

1. To add some spice, lets do the toss twice

To add some spice, lets do the toss twice

The much-anticipated thriller between India and Sri Lanka began in the most dramatic fashion with a controversy during the toss. As the coin was flipped, Kumar Sangakkara had notably called ‘heads’ which was the ultimate result (confirmed by footages/replays later). However, MS Dhoni had heard it as ‘tails’ and he thought India won the toss. Because of the noisy Wankhede stadium, even match referee Martin Crowe was also not sure about the call and neither was the presenter during the toss, Ravi Shastri.

On the insistence of Mahi, the toss took place once again to avoid the confusion. Although the Sri Lanka skipper rightfully won the toss, things could have become really controversial had MS won the toss the second time. Considering the big game and humid conditions, Sangakkara made a no-brainer decision to bat first in Mumbai.

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