Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly recalled MS Dhoni's 2011 World Cup-winning six in the final against Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Under Sourav Ganguly, India became a competitive force that not only did very well in home conditions but also fought hard while playing overseas. As a result, the Men in Blue once again won hearts of the cricket lovers in the country post the match-fixing scandal, that had rocked Indian cricket in the early 2000s.
Ganguly-led India won the NatWest Trophy 2002, were adjudged the joint-winners of the 2002 Champions Trophy in Sri Lanka, tied the Test series in England and Australia in 2002 and 2003-04, respectively, whereas ended as runners-up in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.
By the time Ganguly stepped aside, he had left a plethora of champion cricketers in the Indian cricket team, who went onto serve the national side for years and were a part of the historic 2011 World Cup triumph.
Under MS Dhoni, India formed into a proactive and fearless unit, especially in limited-overs. The 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman made Team India temperamentally strong and led them to the country's second World Cup title in 2011, beating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the summit clash at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on April 2.
Recalling India's historic second World Cup triumph, Ganguly said in an online video lecture for Unacademy, "For me, the biggest day was when India won the World Cup in 2011. The great MS Dhoni… that shot, that six off the last ball will remain in Indian cricket history forever and what a moment it was."
He further opined, “I remember I was at the Wankhede Stadium that night and I came down from the commentary box to watch Dhoni and the team go around the ground. That team had seven or eight players who started their careers under me. The likes of (Virender) Sehwag, Dhoni himself, Yuvraj (Singh), Zaheer (Khan), Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra. So I think that’s a legacy which I was extremely happy to leave behind as a captain." The former skipper added, "And that was my biggest legacy that I left a side which had the ability of winning at home and away from home."
Talking about the 2011's edition's summit clash, India were asked to chase a competitive 275. Reduced to 114 for 3, Dhoni stitched a match-winning stand with Gautam Gambhir (97) and remained unbeaten on 91 to take India home.
Post the 2011 World Cup, India came close to winning the next two editions, in 2015 and 2019, only to bow out in the semi-finals.
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