A date that has been marked in golden ink in India’s history, April 2, 2011 was when MS Dhoni-led team won the ODI World Cup, making him the second Indian captain after Kapil Dev to lift the trophy. Now that it’s been 12 years to the iconic triumph, many cricketers, who were a part of the winning team, relived the memories by sharing their winning moments on social media.
"Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd! India lift the World Cup after 28 years!"
Ravi Shastri's words still echo in every Indian’s ears when we recall how unforgettable the night of the World Cup final was for everyone. It’s been 12 years to the day since MS Dhoni’s splendid six led India win its second World Cup.
Before him, Kapil Dev was one captain who had won a World Cup trophy for India in 1983. On the night of the final, it was Dhoni’s decision to promote himself to number five, which he felt he was able to do because he had taken pressure in several previous games of the tournament.
Former greats react on the 12th anniversary of India's iconic triumph
Former Indian cricketer, Yuvraj Singh took to his official Twitter handle and posted a video of the day, captioning it, "Determined & Unconquerable! #Throwback to this historic #WorldCup victory with this epic team 12 years back! 🇮🇳 🏆."
Not only this, Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar also posted a picture of the victorious moment on his Twitter, labelling it as the ‘greatest moment’ of his life.
Munaf Patel wrote, " On This Day 2nd April, we won #WorldCup2011 proud to be part of team & honored for Contribution for my Country. It was win for each & every Indian around the 🌎 "
Former India coach Ravi Shastri remembered the glorious victory of India in 2011 and asked, " 12 years ago…what a memorable night! Can #TeamIndia do it again in 2023 ?"
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also tweeted.
India defeated Sri Lanka in the final of the tournament at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, where several phenomenal knocks, including that of Captain Cool (91*) and Gautam Gambhir (97) that guided the India team to World Cup glory.