Ending the jinx of a home team never being able to win the World Cup since 1996, India beat Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. MS Dhoni‘s signature wallop over long on sent the whole nation into a frenzy. At that moment right there, cricket had changed forever in India.They also broke the jinx of a centurion never losing a World Cup final when Jayawardene’s brilliant century at Mumbai went in vain. There was so much at stake for India. Sachin was playing his last World Cup. Yuvraj was playing the World Cup for Sachin. But when it’s stakes involved, there’s always one man you can bet on. Mahendra Singh Dhoni. That win got them a second World Cup, a feat achieved only by West Indies and Australia. It took a long span of 28 years for the Indian Team to win it for the second time.
Gautam Gambhir composed the Indian chase with a brilliant 97 but at his dismissal, things started looking a bit patchy. Cometh the hour, cometh the man, MS Dhoni took upon the responsibility himself, pushing ahead of Yuvraj at number 4 and bossed the innings. With his casual mastery over the ODI format, Dhoni took it step by step until he delivered the knock-out blow, unquiveringly watching his shot sail over the long on fence as India celebrated to the biggest carnival this country would ever see.
Relive that epic moment below: