The debate is whether the credit for the victory of the World Cup should be given to Dhoni’s sixes off Kulasekara’s ball or to the entire team?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni made India World Champion for the second time by applying six.
This debate has been going on for a long time. Last year it was at its peak. This time too, an English newspaper has renewed this debate. The debate was whether India won the 2011 World Cup thanks to Dhoni’s sixes. Gambhir (Gautam Gambhir) is vocal about this. He has said many times that the players of the Indian team won the World Cup together and not the sixes of Dhoni (MS Dhoni) in the final. Let me remind you that this controversy started with the tweet that a big cricket website did. In this tweet, putting a photo of Dhoni’s six was written that it is the shot that gave crores of Indians a chance to celebrate. On this tweet, Gautam Gambhir lodged his objection. Gautam Gambhir wrote that the entire World Cup was won by India. The entire Indian team and the support staff of the team won. How long is the ‘obsession’ with a six.
Shortly after this, another tweet was made on the same website. In which there was also mention of the innings of Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene and Gautam Gambhir. Let me remind you that Gautam Gambhir scored the highest 97 runs for India in chasing 275 runs in the 2011 World Cup. But Dhoni’s innings of 91 runs was heavy on his innings. Dhoni was chosen as the man of the match. After the 2011 World Cup, Gambhir always said that he has no qualms about missing a century because the team’s victory was a big one and not his century. But the question has always been whether Gambhir is still in the heart of missing a century by three runs.
Gambhir pulled out from difficult situation
The date was 2 April 2011. In the final match against Sri Lanka, Team India needed 275 runs to win. Chasing this target, Sehwag was out in the very first over. The trouble was further compounded when Sachin Tendulkar was also dismissed in the seventh over. By that time, there were only 31 runs on the scoreboard. Giving the team out of such a difficult situation, Gambhir took him to the door from where victory started appearing. In such a big match, Gambhir missed his century, that too by just three runs. Gautam Gambhir was dismissed by Thisara Perera. When Gambhir was returning to the pavilion, there was an annoyance on his face. He knew how big a century he had missed. Those three runs could have given him a big place in the history of Indian cricket.
Gambhir was dismissed in the 42nd over after scoring 97 runs. At that time, almost 50 runs were left to win. After this, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni completed the task of reaching the target. He scored 91 runs. After his victory, he was voted Man of the Match. After a few months, people forgot how much struggle there was in Gautam Gambhir’s innings in the final. In what difficult situation did he score. If any scene remains fresh in the hearts and minds of Indian cricket fans, then Dhoni’s six and Ravi Shastri’s commentary.
Gambhir’s performance has been very important in big matches
The same thing happened in 2007. When Team India became the T20 champion. Even then, Gautam Gambhir’s performance in the final was superb. But his contribution was ignored. In that match against Pakistan, Gautam Gambhir played a crucial innings of 75 runs off 54 balls. The team’s total score was about half of their runs in 157 runs. Despite this, Irfan Pathan got the title of man of the match. Who took 3 wickets for 16 runs in 4 overs in that match. Certainly his contribution was also big but Gambhir’s 75 runs were probably more valuable. If seen in terms of putting an ‘impact’ in the match, then Gautam Gambhir’s contribution was not less than a corner. It should not be forgotten that Gambhir has made Kolkata champions in the IPL as well.
In the initial year of IPL, there were controversies regarding the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. When the Kolkata team became champions for the first time in 2012, its captain was Gautam Gambhir. Ignoring the claims of all the big names, the strategy of handing over the captaincy to Gautam had worked. After this, in 2014, Kolkata won the title under the captaincy of Gautam. But Gambhir has always said that this victory is not the victory of any one player but of the whole team.
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