Pune: April 2, 2011, the day when the dream that lasted for 28 long years turned into reality. Exactly, 10 years back, India won the World Cup on home soil to send the entire world into elation. India had previously lifted the prestigious trophy in 1983 and had to wait for 28 years before doing it again.
Under the captaincy of MS Dhoni, India won the second ODI title triumph by defeating Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. That day will be remembered for memorable moments such as - Gautam Gambhir's stellar knock, Dhoni's iconic six, Sachin Tendulkar being carried around the ground by the teammates and many more.
After winning the toss, Sri Lanka had given a decent target to India, courtesy Mahela Jayawardene's unbeaten ton propelling visitors to manage 274.
While chasing the target, Virender Sehwag was out on the second ball of the first over. His opening partner legend Sachin Tendulkar even failed to impress, as he was sent back to pavilion in the 7th over to put India under pressure.
But an 83-run partnership between Gautam Gambhir and young Virat Kohli stabilised India as the duo kept the scoreboard running.
After Kohli's dismissal, the man who led the team, MS Dhoni promoted himself and with Gambhir managed a 109-run stand. Gambhir fell three short of a deserved ton and made the way for Player of the World Cup -- Yuvraj Singh.
The southpaw, along with Dhoni, got India over the line with 10 balls to spare with the latter remaining unbeaten on 91. Then came the moment, "Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd! India lift the World Cup after 28 years.”
Dhoni finished it off with a six off the bowling of Nuwan Kulasekara with Yuvraj enveloping his teammate in a hug in joyous scenes that Wankhede along with all cricket fans will cherish forever.
As soon as India lifted the World Cup, streets in India were crowded with cricket fans. The festivities that night continued until the wee hours of the morning. The tri-colour was flying high and it was truly a moment for every Indian to treasure.
Each year, on April 2, Indian fans around the country celebrate the win of the 2011 World Cup. However, this year, the celebrations will be different as India will observe the 10th anniversary of the 2011 World Cup win.
Here’s how players and fans react to mark the 10-year anniversary of India’s 2011 World Cup win: