Kolkata: It was the belief in the dressing room that helped Gautam Gambhir settle his nerves after opener Virender Sehwag got out early during India's World Cup final against Sri Lanka in 2011, the southpaw said on Sunday.
On the occasion of the sixth anniversary of India's famous World Cup triumph under Mahendra Singh Dhoni on April 2, 2011, Gambhir who scored 97 off 122 deliveries, told Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) official website that sometimes a good start can help you to get settled in the middle.
"It was not just about one or two individuals, but it was about everyone in the dressing room who believed that we could win the World Cup. There couldn't have been a bigger stage set when you are chasing in the World Cup final that also at home. You never know whether you will get that opportunity ever again. You got to cherish the moment," he added.
"We were chasing 275 and I was not even ready when Viru (Virender Sehwag) got out (leg before wicket) LBW in the second delivery. I was still padding up. Because the decision was a referral, I got the time to get ready," the Delhi batsman said.
"The good thing that happened was there was nothing in my mind. If I had to wait for my opportunity, then there would have been a lot of things that would have gone on in my mind since it was a World Cup final and we were chasing 275," recalled Gambhir, who stitched a match-winning 109-run stand for the fourth wicket with Dhoni.
"I got everyone's signature on that and I went to sleep with the T-shirt and the medal on," mentioned Piyush Chawla, when he recounted celebrations from that "incredible night".
India won by six wickets to be crowned World champions for the second time after 1983.