History repeated itself on Sunday after India Legends beat Sri Lanka Legends in the Road Safety World Series 2020-21 finals after an all-round show displayed by Yusuf Pathan helped the Indian outfit lift the cup one more time. Under Sachin Tendulkar’s leadership, India made 181 for 4 with Yusuf smashing an unbeaten 62 off 36 and Yuvraj Singh making 60 off 41. In reply, Sri Lanka made 167 for 7 with Yusuf returning figures of 2 for 26 while Irfan Pathan got 2 for 29. Yusuf was the man of the final.
The moment was widely celebrated all across Indian Twitter as watching their legends once again in action and then pulling off a thrilling win was all the more special. Several fans were swiftly reminded of the 2011 World Cup night where the Men in Blue defeated Sri Lanka at a jam-packed Wankhede 10 years ago. Watching them defeat the same opponents 10 years apart brought back the memories of that night. While others heaped praises on skipper Tendulkar for being as enthusiastic as ever to take India to yet another victory.
Pic 1: 2011 ODI World cup Pic 2: 2021 Road safety series Find any difference in enthusiasm ? I dare you cannot. @sachin_rt #RoadSafetyWorldSeries2021 #IndiaLegends #INDLvSLL pic.twitter.com/FSfoOrk1cm
— Devendra Singh Thakur (@dsthakur_10) March 21, 2021
Congratulations Team India Legends2011 – India beat Sri Lanka in the World Cup final
2021 – India beat Sri Lanka in the Road Safety World Series final #INDLvSLL
— Narendra Modi fan (@narendramodi177) March 21, 2021
These two moments made my lifeOnce a legend always a legend#INDLvSLL #SachinTendulkar#CWC11Rewind worldcup 2011 memories reminder 🎗️INDIA LEGEND THRASH SL 🇮🇳🇮🇳🎉🎉 pic.twitter.com/MNL6Deuj1B— ABHISHEK (@imAbhikohli18) March 21, 2021
Legends forever!! Watching all or legends playing under Sachin's captaincy, Sunday night couldn't have been better. #IndvsSL finals reminded all of us about 2011 World cup finals . #nostalgia#INDLvSLL#RoadSafetyWorldSeries pic.twitter.com/4Fehmb2WaX— Pallavi Choure (@choure_pallavi) March 21, 2021
April, 2011 : A legendary Indian side defeat Sri Lanka in the World Cup final to lift the trophy on home soilMarch, 2021 : India Legends defeat Sri Lanka in the Road Safety World Series final to lift the trophy on home soil
Not much has changed 10 years on.#INDLvSLL
— SportingBuzz (@sportingbuzz_) March 21, 2021
History Repeats Itself 🔥👌Then(2011)- India defeated SriLanka in Cricket World Cup 2011 Final..Now(2021)- India Legends defeated SriLanka Legends in Road Safety World Series 2021 Final.
— शिवांक गिरि 🇮🇳 (@__The12thMan) March 21, 2021
India were reduced to 35 for 2 with Virender Sehwag and S Badrinath falling cheaply but Sachin Tendulkar provided a stable base making 30 off 23. Yuvraj and Yusuf then carried on, Yusuf accelerating towards the end to power India to a huge score.
Sri Lanka got a stable start with Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya adding 62 for the opening wicket but they collapsed in the middle to be reduced to 91 for 4. Yusuf made the crucial breakthroughs, dismissing both Dilshan and Jayasuriya.
Chinthaka Jayasinghe (30) and Kaushalya Weeraratne (38 off 15) stretched the game but Manpreet Gony, Irfan Pathan and Munaf Patel held their nerves in the end to win the trophy for India.