Childhood Dream Turned Into Reality: Sachin Tendulkar Recalls World Cup 2011 Win

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The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup was a landmark event in the history of Indian cricket. It was a tournament that saw the realization of a dream, not just for the Indian cricket team but also for one of its most iconic players – Sachin Tendulkar.

India clinch a victory from the jaws of defeat

On April 2, 2011, India faced Sri Lanka in a high-stakes final at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. The match was a nail-biter, with Sri Lanka setting a competitive target of 275 runs. Despite losing early wickets, including Tendulkar’s, India chased down the target with 10 balls to spare. The winning shot, a six by MS Dhoni, is etched in the memory of every Indian cricket fan.

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More than 42,000 spectators witnessed the match live at the stadium, while millions followed the action on television across India and beyond. Sri Lanka, captained by Kumar Sangakkara, opted to bat first upon winning the toss. Despite losing both openers relatively early, they managed to post a competitive score of 274 runs for 6 wickets thanks largely to Mahela Jayawardene’s century (103 runs off 88 balls).

After India’s top-order batters faltered early on, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli steadied the ship with a crucial partnership of 83 runs. When Kohli departed, Dhoni promoted himself up the order and formed another significant stand with Gambhir.

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Gambhir fell agonisingly short of a well-deserved century, getting out for 97 runs in the 42nd over. Nevertheless, Dhoni remained unbeaten till the end, hitting the winning runs with a signature six over long-on off Nuwan Kulasekara.

The heroic performance cemented Dhoni’s reputation as a cool-headed finisher and etched his name alongside Kapil Dev as one of India’s greatest World Cup captains.

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Sachin Tendulkar recalls India’s historic win

Sachin Tendulkar, who had been part of the Indian cricket team since 1989, had seen many ups and downs in his career. Despite being one of the most successful batsmen in the history of cricket, the World Cup victory had eluded him. The 2011 World Cup was his sixth, and possibly last, attempt at the coveted trophy.

On the anniversary of this memorable event in Indian cricket history, Sachin Tendulkar recalled the historic win, stating, “Thirteen years ago, my childhood dream turned into reality. Forever grateful for the memories, the team, and the incredible support of over a billion people”. This statement encapsulates the emotions that Sachin Tendulkar and the entire nation felt on that day.

The 2011 World Cup win was not just about the trophy; it was about the journey. It was about how a young boy from Mumbai, who started playing cricket in the bylanes of his city, went on to fulfil his dream on the biggest stage of all. It was about the countless hours of practice, the sacrifices, and the unwavering belief in his abilities.

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Teja Devathoti
Teja Devathoti
Sports Content Writer at Swen Entertainment. Teja Devathoti has done his Bachelors in Commerce. He previously worked at Amazon as an associate in Operations. He has been a passionate follower of Cricket and other Sports since his childhood and this was the major reason to shift his career path to content creation because of its story-telling ability. He has a great desire to travel to all corners of the world covering various sports. Other than watching sports, Teja has a keen interest in Travelling, Music and Singing. His favourite cricket memory is India winning the 50 over World Cup and the great man Sachin Tendulkar achieving his biggest dream in his home ground.

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