On April 2, 2011, India cricket team won its second International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup at the Wankhede stadium under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, after a drought of 28 years.
In the ICC World Cup final, MS Dhoni played the captain’s knock and scored unbeaten 91 runs as the hosts scripted history by sealing the match. After winning the toss, Sri Lanka had opted to bat and scored 274 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
Following the target, star Sri Lanka bowler Lasith Malinga stunned the Indian crowed by sending openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar early in the game. Following Sehwag and Sachin’s dismissals, Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli had stabilised Indian innings by stitching an 83-run partnership.
However, soon Virat was removed from the attack by Tillakaratne Dilshan. After his departure, Dhoni had in a surprise move promoted himself to number four, ahead of Yuvraj Singh who was enjoying a stellar campaign, and guided India to a six-wicket victory.
Remembering the World Cup final in the YouTube series ‘What the duck’, Virender Sehwag said, “So, that was also suggested by him (Sachin) and this was the first time he directly passed a message to MS, otherwise it always went through Lala (Sehwag himself) and the result is in front of you.”
“So, finally in between MS Dhoni came in and at that time Virat Kohli and Gautam were batting. So, he told MS, if righty gets out, then go for righty and lefty gets out, go for a lefty. After saying this, he went to the bathroom and then back out. And then Virat Kohli got out and in place of him, MS Dhoni went for the batting, that’s why Yuvraj Singh didn’t play on number 4 despite being in good form,” Sehwag concluded.