On This Day: MS Dhoni Leading India to 2011 World Cup Victory; Read How It Happened


On this day in 2011, India won its second ICC World Cup at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium after 28 years.

On this day in 2011, India won its second ICC World Cup at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium after 28 years. MS Dhoni was the captain of the team which led team India to the cup. Till now, India just has won three cricket World Cups, two of them came under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Victory in the 2011 Cricket World Cup

India beat Sri Lanka in the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final on April 2, 2011, by 6 wickets under captain MS Dhoni at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India. The match was played in front of over 30,000 people at Wankhede and millions of TV viewers across the globe including in India where it was watched by an estimated 700 million people.

And before the team’s fortunes began to turn around, India’s day became a lot worse. Virendra Sehwag hit boundaries from the first ball in six of India’s previous eight innings, but Malinga’s slingers delivered him a second-ball duck when he slid a full delivery into his pad.  Sachin Tendulkar, for whom the script seemed to have been scripted, was pulled into a careless drive by a quick Malinga outswinger.

India was struggling to keep their foothold in the game at 31 for 2 in the seventh over, and it was all too much for a few disappointed supporters who turned their backs and left. But Gambhir and Virat Kohli represent a generation that refuses to accept defeat, and their 83-run third-wicket partnership created the groundwork for an amazing comeback.

Gautam Gambhir’s iron-willed 97 was matched for ferocity by the best captain’s innings since Ricky Ponting’s in Johannesburg, as MS Dhoni overcame Mahela Jayawardene’s lyrical century to complete the biggest run-chase ever in a World Cup final.

Leading The Way to Victory in the 2011 Cricket World Cup

MS Dhoni had said after winning the world cup 2011 that his best was yet to come in terms of performance and that he is going from strength to strength as a cricketer. His contributions can’t be taken lightly or for granted. He has always been passionate about his game, so much so that he takes it as seriously as any business. The leadership qualities and self-belief he displayed in previous world cups were something more than one could expect, but what took everyone by surprise was his maturity and good decision-making skills at crunch moments. This is why we believe Mr. MS Dhoni is not only a sportsman who inspires young minds but also an example of excellence in the cricketing world.

Profile – M.S. Dhoni

MS Dhoni, known more for his measured but astute captaincy than for his batting, has been key in India’s rise as a cricketing power. MS Dhoni’s quiet leadership and measured focus were essential elements of Indian success on both a national level and an international one.

MS Dhoni, apart from Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, is India’s most popular and scrutinized cricketer. He’s made it this far by coming from the cricketing backwaters of Jharkhand’s mining state, and by using a homemade batting and wicketkeeping technique, as well as a leadership style that walks a fine line between conservatism and unorthodoxy. India has won the top award in all formats under Dhoni’s leadership, including the Top Test rankings for 18 months beginning in December 2009, the 50-over World Cup in 2011, and the World T20 on his captaincy debut in 2007.

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