"Dhoni finishes off in style, it’s a magnificent strike into the crowd, India lifts the world cup after 28 years. The party has started in the dressing room. And it’s an Indian captain, who has been absolutely magnificent on the night of the finals."
April 2, 2011: Nine years ago, a fairytale was scripted by Gautam Gambhir and Team India's then captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
On this day, Dhoni launched Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Kulasekara for a towering six over the long-on to end India's 28-year-long wait and helped his team lift the World Cup trophy in front of a jam-packed Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. This was also batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar's first World Cup victory. It was a special night for desi fans and cricketers alike.
On Thursday, desi fans who are in a coronavirus lockdown, relived their favourite memories from the historic night.
Sachin's - DREAM— suneelkumar kuditala (@suni7kumar) April 1, 2020
Yuvi's - SACRIFICE
Sehwag's - DESTRUCTION
Gambhir's - HEROICS
Zaheer's - HARDWORK
Dhoni's - FINISHING
Gave us the Beautiful Moment
'TO CHERISH FOR LIFE'#9YearsOf2011WC#worldcup2011 #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/UCEbL7eLRl
#OnThisDay India Lifted the WorldCup after 28 Long Years.— Jenny CricTracker 🏏⚽ (@cricktracker) April 1, 2020
Thank you All 🙏 #worldcup2011 #ThisDayThatYear pic.twitter.com/pSyPaETIxj
This Dive by Gautam Gambhir is one of the best pictures of Cricket History. The Way Gambhir controlled the innings making crucial partnership with Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni after India lost early wickets of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. #WorldCup2011 pic.twitter.com/6zzfqLE3cX— PhenomenalOne (@SlayerKing_05) April 2, 2020
#OnThisDay India lift the world cup after 28 year.... Sachin's Dream, yuvraj sacrifice,Sehwag Destruction, Gambhir heroics, Zaheer's Hardwork, Dhoni's Finishing..... Help India to win the #worldcup2011... pic.twitter.com/7FI5oa3hjc— Yashovardhan Singh (@itsyasho) April 2, 2020
On this day in 2011,— RaghuRam RohiRaj (@RaghuRamRohiRaj) April 2, 2020
Gautam Gambhir played one of the finest knock of his career (97 off 122)
He added 109 runs with MSD
Top scorer for India in
2007 T20 WC final - Gautam Gambhir (75)
2011 WC final - Gautam Gambhir (97)#worldcup2011 #GautamGambhirTheManOfFinals pic.twitter.com/550FV5HYNO
9 years ago this Kohli scored 35(49) with 4 fours..It was an amazing innings played by a young player.. Don't forget that this Kohli is our King Kohli now 🔥#2011WorldCup final was a memorable match for every cricket fan ❤️#worldcup2011 #9YearsOf2011WC #ViratKohli #KingKohli pic.twitter.com/PgxWzogqCq— Nishita Sarma🍁 (@MyLoveVirat18) April 2, 2020
2 April 2011 - SHOW ME A BETTER MOMENT & DATE THAN THIS,#OnThisDay Billions of People Cried Out Of Happiness 😭❤— Juhi 😇✨ (@Juhi_Jain_) April 2, 2020
I Will Cherish This For Life 😍
Still Have Goosebumps & Tears Whenever I Watch This🔥
Proudest & Unforgettable Moment In Every Indian's Life 💖#Dhoni #WorldCup2011 pic.twitter.com/H47vEVVnJo
Things end but memories last forever. Remembering the rush, excitement, thrill of it all, of the fantastic moments leading up to us lifting the world cup. Irreplaceable. Unforgettable. Thankful to have been a part of this iconic moment in the history of cricket. #worldcup2011 pic.twitter.com/qIISLuzS0k— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) April 2, 2020
#OnThisDay— cricket_Stats (@cricket_facts19) April 1, 2020
"Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd! India lift the World Cup after 28 years!”
In #WorldCup2011 #Yuvi - ( 362 Runs & 15 wickets)#Sachin - ( 482 Runs)#Zaheer - ( 21 Wickets)#Gambhir - ( 97 in #Final)
And#Dhoni Brilliance done it pic.twitter.com/qIPX1fDhXJ
2nd April 2011 - Billions of hearts skipped a beat when MS Dhoni smashed the ball in the air & as it sailed through the boundary into the crowd, thereby winning India the world cup again after an arduous wait of 28 long years!❤️🇮🇳 #OnThisDay #WorldCup2011 #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/4R8D6HWGhS— MS Dhoni Fans Official (@msdfansofficial) April 1, 2020
India lost the toss and Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara chose to bat first. His complimented his call when he (48) along with Mahela Jayawardene's glorious ton (103 off 88) guided the visiting team to a competitive score of 274/6 on the board.
Notably, no team had scored as much to chase down a total in a World Cup final. In fact, only once had anyone chased more than 133 till then.
Adding salt to the wounds, India had a disastrous start.
It took only two deliveries for Lasith Malinga to send Virender Sehwag packing with a plumb leg-before. Malinga then hunted down Sachin Tendulkar with an inside edge pouched safely by Sangakkara.
India was reeling at 31/2.
But Gautam Gambhir had other plans who arrived at the scene and saved the sinking ship. Gambhir went on to score 97 (122). The baton was then passed on to Dhoni, who hadn't had a good run with the bat in the tournament so far.
But Dhoni, considered one of the best finishers in the world cricket, stood his ground strong and helped India cross the finishing line by six wickets and 10 balls remaining.
He was adjudged the Man of the Match for his stylish 91 (79) while Yuvraj Singh bagged the Player of the Series trophy for his all-around performance - 362 runs and 15 wickets.
You can relive the big night in detail here.